Gene Demby

Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.


Code Switch
9:22 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Steve King Doubles Down

King said that most immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border "weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:55 pm

Last week, a group of young people who'd been deported to Mexico made a big show of their ultimately futile attempt to re-enter the United States. They were pushing for legislation nicknamed the DREAM Act, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who were brought to the United States when they were very young.

But Steve King, a longtime Republican representative from Iowa and an outspoken opponent of immigration reform, wasn't having it.

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Code Switch
7:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict?

Demonstrators gather outside the Seminole County Courthouse Saturday in Sanford, Fla. The verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman was announced late that night.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 4:10 am

A few weeks ago, Levar Burton, the actor best-known for his role as Geordi LaForge in Star Trek and the host of the long-running kids' show Reading Rainbow, appeared on a CNN roundtable and offered up a sobering how-to on driving while black:

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President?

There have been more black Hollywood presidents β€” see Jamie Foxx, above β€” than there have been real-life black U.S. senators. WOMP.
Reiner Bajo Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:59 am

Jamie Foxx is Hollywood's latest black president.

In White House Down, which opened last Friday, Jamie Foxx plays the president of the United States, who teams up with a Capitol police officer, played by Channing Tatum, and battles terrorists who have taken over the White House. (As the A.V. Club points out, this is at least the third time that director Roland Emmerich has laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)

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Code Switch
9:11 pm
Sat June 22, 2013

LeBron James β€” 'Up, Up And Away'

LeBron James could win his second NBA title tonight, but his cartoonish abilities are constantly overshadowed by a certain retired Chicago Bull.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 11:14 am

LeBron James is Superman to Michael Jordan's Lex Luthor.

That's going to sound blasphemous, but more than the San Antonio Spurs, whom he faces for all of the marbles in tonight's NBA finals, or any other team he might face in the future, James' biggest foil is actually Michael Jordan, The Greatest Basketball Player Ever.β„’

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Code Switch
11:12 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

For People Of Color, A Housing Market Partially Hidden From View

Barriers to housing are a major reason for the disparity in household wealth between people of color and whites.

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 5:53 pm

We've written before about the wealth gap between whites and people of color β€” a divide that's only grown wider over the past half decade. And since so much of Americans' household wealth is wrapped up in homes, a significant amount of that wealth gap has been chalked up to an array of barriers to homeownership for people of color.

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Code Switch
8:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

New Ads Still Warn A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

For the first time, the United Negro College Fund is using real prospective college students in its ads in lieu of actors.
United Negro College Fund

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 6:10 pm

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Code Switch
8:07 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 7:45 pm

What up, bro? What's good, brah?

This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)

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Code Switch
9:26 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

How fast are our stances toward marijuana changing? Washington, which legalized marijuana last fall, has had to acquire new drug-sniffing dogs who aren't trained to go after pot.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:10 pm

On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat June 8, 2013

So Single Black Men Want Commitment. Really?

Fun Friday tip: Gather your friends for a rousing game of searching iStockPhoto for images of "African-Americans" + "dating" (swap in your own ethnicity for maximum fun).

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 6:56 am

We recently found that single black men were much more likely to say they were looking for a long-term relationship (43 percent) compared to single black women (25 percent).

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Code Switch
5:04 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Does Stop-And-Frisk Work? Debating A Controversial Police Tactic

A crowd gathers at a press conference and rally in front of Manhattan federal court to vocalize their objection to the stop and frisk policy by the police Department Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in New York. The Center for Constitutional Rights has brought a lawsuit on behalf of four black plaintiffs who claim they were stopped by police because of their race. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 4:42 pm

A federal court is set to decide on the lawfulness of stop-and-frisk, New York City's controversial policing strategy meant to stop gun violence. The policy gives police officers wide discretion to stop, question, and in some cases, pat down people they suspect are carrying illegal guns.

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