Q&A: Why Latinos Need More Therapists Like Them

Latinos seek help for mental health issues at half the rate of non-Hispanic whites. Yet when they do, as with other people of color in Kansas City, they can have more difficulty finding providers with a similar cultural background. Melanie Arroyo is a licensed counselor and art therapist at the Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare. … More Q&A: Why Latinos Need More Therapists Like Them

A Journey To The Past For Youth Group Yields Renewed Black History Mission

After visiting Point Comfort — present-day Hampton, Virginia — a few weeks ago, Anthony Ross, director of the St. Louis chapter of Remember the 400, said he wants the group to bring more black history to the region. The group traveled for 20 hours by bus to Hampton in late August to commemorate the 400th anniversary … More A Journey To The Past For Youth Group Yields Renewed Black History Mission

People Of Color Struggle To Find Therapists In Kansas City

One in five Americans deals with a mental health issue. However for people of color, being a person of color itself takes a toll on mental health. Studies show that discrimination and microagressions can negatively effect the health of blacks, Hispanics, Indigenous people and Asians. All of this is made harder by there being a small … More People Of Color Struggle To Find Therapists In Kansas City

Remember The 400 Youth Group Hits The Road To Commemorate First African Slaves

During Anthony Ross’ formative years, his family moved around St. Louis and St. Louis County several times. The one constant in his life was education. His mother encouraged him to do well in school, relying on public schools to teach him about African American history. Ross said that didn’t happen. His extensive knowledge about St. … More Remember The 400 Youth Group Hits The Road To Commemorate First African Slaves

Film Connects A Physical Barrier Between Kinloch And Ferguson With The Legacy Of Segregation

As a child, filmmaker and artist Jane Gillooly was oblivious to the fact that Ferguson was an all-white town during the Jim Crow era. Gillooly did not realize this until the day she went home with her babysitter. Her sitter lived in Kinloch — Missouri’s first incorporated black city. It borders Ferguson. At the age of 5, … More Film Connects A Physical Barrier Between Kinloch And Ferguson With The Legacy Of Segregation

He Came To Be Part of Healing Ferguson, Now He’s Hoping A Coffee House Will Help

Jonathan Tremaine Thomas is not originally from Ferguson. He’s not even from the St. Louis region or Missouri. Thomas, a North Carolina native, moved here from Indianapolis in 2014, in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing and the ensuing unrest. The pastor and entrepreneur says he came to Ferguson not in spite of Ferguson’s troubles, … More He Came To Be Part of Healing Ferguson, Now He’s Hoping A Coffee House Will Help

Oregon Politicians Of Color Say They’re Hearing More Racist Rhetoric With Trump In Office

A group of elected officials in Oregon recently posted a video denouncing the Trump administration’s plan to weaken protections for homeless transgender people and undocumented immigrants who receive federal subsidized housing. Metro Councilor Juan Carlos González was just one of the politicians in the video, a joint effort by Metro, Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, and Gov. Kate … More Oregon Politicians Of Color Say They’re Hearing More Racist Rhetoric With Trump In Office

Profile: St. Louis Welcomed This Bosnian Muslim Woman. Now She’s Giving Back

For Nermana Huskić, the seeds of her future as a resource and service provider for homeless people were planted young. At the age of five, Huskić witnessed terror and violent intimidation by Serbian soldiers who barged into her home looking for her father and other male figures. It was 1992 and the start of the … More Profile: St. Louis Welcomed This Bosnian Muslim Woman. Now She’s Giving Back

Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

For many in the transgender community, use of their birth name to refer to them after they have transitioned is a no-no, a sign of disrespect. But Merrique Jenson, a transgender woman working in the LGBTQ community, knows she is in a unique situation. She started her transition in October, but she is best known, … More Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

Portland Sees A Chance To Do Redevelopment Right

The corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street in Northeast Portland is getting new life after decades as an empty lot as the long-awaited and controversial Alberta Commons project finally opens its doors. Northeast Portland is the city’s historically black corridor, but one redevelopment project after another has left the black population as just that … More Portland Sees A Chance To Do Redevelopment Right

Before Moving To New Job, HBCU President Reflects On A University’s Progress

When Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack graduated from high school, he had a 1.7 grade-point average and did not think he was college material. Today, Warmack, 42, is one of the youngest presidents of a four-year college in the country. His journey with Harris-Stowe in St. Louis began in 2014, but come July 31, he will leave the … More Before Moving To New Job, HBCU President Reflects On A University’s Progress

Portland Police Open Investigation In Death Of Black Transgender Woman

The family of Otis “TeTe” Michael Gulley Jr. began to receive frantic messages on social media May 27, asking “how are you related to TeTe?” and “call me ASAP.” When Richard Bryant, Gulley’s brother, called one of the numbers back, the voice on the other end of the phone told him Gulley was dead. According to the … More Portland Police Open Investigation In Death Of Black Transgender Woman