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Katti Gray

Katti Gray
Katti Gray Prize-winning, veteran journalist Katti has covered hard news and soft: Presidential hopefuls; statehouse lawmakers; hometown heroes; time-honored and pop celebrities; floundering schools in Appalachia; New Feminism’s younger adherents; juveniles on death row; the fight for running water on an outlying Mississippi road, a one-of-a-kind university think thank run by formerly incarcerated persons with Ph.Ds. Ms., Vibe, The Crisis, Odyssey Couleur, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New Orleans Times-Picayune, and Toronto Star are among those that have published her work. For 2010’s relaunched Jet, she writes a twice-monthly column. On Essence magazine’s masthead, she is listed as a contributing writer. She files regularly for news organizations including DailyYonder.com, SHRM.org, TheRoot.com, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Newsday in New York, where she previously spent 16 years full time, ultimately as a senior writer on assorted aspects of society, culture and lifestyle, from a post-Hurricane Katrina meditation on home and place to musings about the convergence of religious certainty and spiritual doubt. Her articles have run for The Daily Yonder and Diverse. Here & Now, a daily broadcast on National Public Radio, has run her photos on their site.

'The Artist Is Not There as a Massage Therapist,' Says Sapphire of Her Work

‘The Artist Is Not There as a Massage Therapist,’ Says Sapphire of Her Work

by Katti Gray on September 19 2011, 9:38AM

Cololrines.com speaks with the author and poet about her second novel, which portrays the son of her famous—and controversial—character Precious.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of

The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of “The Barber of Birmingham”

by Katti Gray on August 9 2011, 9:35AM

James Armstrong was neither a national movement leader nor a star-power elected official. He was just a guy with a barbershop and heart big enough to fight for his community’s dignity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Amid Recession and War, Grandparents Fill Voids With Love

Amid Recession and War, Grandparents Fill Voids With Love

by Katti Gray on December 23 2010, 12:51PM

Katti Gray profiles families who don’t have much more than each other this holiday season, but are getting by with that much.

Topics: Economy

Crime, Punishment and Black Politics

by Katti Gray on May 28 2010, 12:00PM

Political leaders and thinkers increasingly identify criminal justice as a defining civil rights concern. But as the reaction to Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ killing suggests, that’s not always an easy sell in Black neighborhoods.

Topics: Criminal Justice