Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

Janelle Monae’s latest album, “Dirty Computer,” was released earlier this year. Her music, style, politics and revelations about her sexuality landed her on the covers of Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. She’s also recently appeared in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” the 2016 film which won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. … More Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

‘Not going anywhere’: Hartford youth group finds voice in fight against gun violence

Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground. His head was soaked with blood. “All I remember is just running,” Tyrek Marquez, 17, said on a recent morning. “Then after that, it was blank.” Marquez … More ‘Not going anywhere’: Hartford youth group finds voice in fight against gun violence

Why more cities in Kansas are talking about protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination

Recent discussions about protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination in Prairie Village and Mission, Kansas, recall a similar, highly controversial effort a few years ago in Roeland Park — and a quiet development in Wyandotte County earlier this year. “If I worked in Prairie Village I could be fired for being gay. I’m married to my wife, but if I … More Why more cities in Kansas are talking about protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination

Grassroots approach boosted black voters’ turnout in primary — What about midterms?

After the August 2018 primaries, it’s clear many people — young, black and progressive — played a major role in helping former Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell defeat incumbent St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic race. “We’re saying bye to Bob and ushering in, hopefully, a new era in prosecutor politics,” Rodney Brown … More Grassroots approach boosted black voters’ turnout in primary — What about midterms?

How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

St. Louis activist and filmmaker Cami Thomas moved back to St. Louis from college a year after Michael Brown’s death. While news of the 2014 shooting and the protests that followed grabbed national attention, she was miles away at school — grappling with the developments and fallout. When she returned to St. Louis, Thomas said … More How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

How does ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ play with Asian Americans in the heartland?

The media is replete with reaction and commentary about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” from people on the coasts and even overseas. As guest host of the KCUR show Central Standard, Sharing America’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson invited three Kansas City residents to talk about the film–its impact, its resonance, even its “Easter eggs.” The guests … More How does ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ play with Asian Americans in the heartland?

Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

Squash is a global game, but in the U.S., it’s a sport primarily associated with white players. Squash courts tend to be located at private schools and members-only clubs. “The elite, affluent communities … have access to squash, and unfortunately it hasn’t been a super accessible sport for most people,” said Meg Taylor, executive director … More Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City

It’s the kind of place with a following, long lines out the door, and home to one of Kansas City’s unique food traditions. The pork tenderloin has been reviewed extensively by food critics locally for several years. Charles Ferruzza, a long-time food critic, is a fan. “It’s hard to find the perfect pork tenderloin that … More Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City

Portland: Is your white fragility showing?

Outdoor billboards are a traditional form of advertising and — for many commuters — just another sign you pass while on the road. But over the last few months, a collection of billboards have been catching folks’ attention with their messages — and even making some feel uncomfortable: “Black Lives Matter” “De-escalation, Not Militarization” “Portland…Is Your … More Portland: Is your white fragility showing?

Sound reporting for experienced journalists: We want you!

It’s no secret that newsrooms are downsizing; in particular, newspapers seem to be doing a lot of the cutting in journalism.  Meanwhile, public media is growing, with many newsrooms–including those that are part of Sharing America–are filling open positions and adding new ones. According to the Pew Research Center: “The top 20 NPR-affiliated public radio … More Sound reporting for experienced journalists: We want you!

I’ve been waiting for a long time’: More than 7,000 people await Section 8 in Illinois community

The door is off its hinges in Farlon Wilson’s bathroom. Wilson said that’s an improvement from when she first moved in, when there was no bathroom door at all. She said she’s putting in work orders to fix the problems nearly every week. “The tub won’t stop leaking and the floor is about to fall,” … More I’ve been waiting for a long time’: More than 7,000 people await Section 8 in Illinois community

Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

Sam Shockley went to school with the black students who eventually desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. So he was more than familiar with the harshness of racism. When he moved to Kansas City in the 1950s, he experienced a different brand of it. “Here it was more covert,” Shockley says. In the … More Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City