Writers Of Color Flock To Social Media For A New Way To Use Language

Writers of color are often told they must write for the "universal human," says poet Kima Jones. She explains how many of them take to social media to find their place among a different audience.

Kima Jones, like many other poets of color, uses social media as a tool to reach audiences that don't typically read literary journals.

Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine

The Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library runs an online archive with a trove of civil rights memorabilia, including handwritten notes about Thurgood Marshall and a private letter from Jackie Robinson.

LBJ meets with Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall just before announcing his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Kima Jones, On Black Bodies And Being A Black Woman Who Writes

In her poetry, Kima Jones explores racial and sexual identity in the modern world — and the future. Nostalgic and assertive, her work revolves around a recurrent protagonist: the person of color.

Kima Jones

Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.

Brittney Griner puts up a shot against Japan during a 2013 preseason WNBA game in Phoenix.

For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.

According to iStockphoto, these floating letters "symbolize the idea of literature." Sure. We'll just roll with that.

It's Our Anniversary! Tell Us How We're Doing

Code Switch launched online a year ago today. We'd appreciate it if you took a moment to tell us how we're doing, what brings you back, and what you'd like to see more (and less) of.

Once again, we expect our impeccable use (and reuse!) of stock photos is clearly among your favorite aspects of Code Switch.

How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All

The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.

The City College of New York basketball team in 1932.

Chuck Stone, Pioneering Black Journalist And Professor, Dies At 89

More than 70 men turned themselves over to Chuck Stone during his time as a columnist. The suspects trusted the Philadelphia Daily News journalist but feared police brutality.

Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Philadelphia Daily News on Feb. 15, 1984.

#CancelColbert Let Asian-Americans Call Out The Real Ding-Dongs

The fuss over #CancelColbert could be chalked up to an out-of-context tweet, but Asian-Americans are seriously tired of being the butt of jokes.

Stephen Colbert responded to criticism about a tweet about his show from his TV network last Monday, saying he would dismantle the imaginary foundation that created the stir.

Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Appalachia has become a familiar shorthand for rural, white Americans, typically in poverty. But in reality, the region has a rich ethnic history and a rapidly diversifying future.

Frank Cedillo fishes in a Greeneville, Tenn., lake.