This Woman Finds Life In Oregon Exhausting. Here’s Why

Back in 2017, OPB spoke with the activist and creator Luann Tan about the complexities and challenges of being a Filipino-American woman in the very white state of Oregon. “I’ve been asked if I’m Thai or Latina or another Southeast Asian ethnicity. Hawaiian, I’ve also been asked,” she told OPB more than two years ago. “That’s … More This Woman Finds Life In Oregon Exhausting. Here’s Why

Missouri’s HBCUs Face Challenges Keeping Pace In Higher Education

Waiel Turner, 20, was not planning on going to college. He thought about entering the U.S. Air Force or becoming a police officer for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Enrolling at Harris-Stowe State University was strictly by happenstance. In 2017, he accompanied a friend to the campus near Grand Center where she was registering … More Missouri’s HBCUs Face Challenges Keeping Pace In Higher Education

Are Changing Attitudes About Beef A Threat To Black Cookouts?

Nicole Jackson came to the first Midwest SoulVeg Fest to get some inspiration on her slow path to being a vegan. She admitted that as a black person who grew up going to events centered on meat, it’s easier said than done. “Sunday dinner after church, the cookouts, the barbeques, where we are just gathered … More Are Changing Attitudes About Beef A Threat To Black Cookouts?

At This Historic Church, Diversity Is A Matter Of Faith

The community around Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas, is mostly black. But Our Lady And St. Rose Catholic Church, at 5th and Quindaro, attracts a diverse mix congregants, often thought of as a rarity at Sunday morning services around the country. “It’s been what our mission statement says, it’s been a faith-filled, diverse, family … More At This Historic Church, Diversity Is A Matter Of Faith

In New Book, Civil Rights Lawyer Benjamin Crump Takes On ‘Legalized Genocide’

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump remembers being bused to a predominantly white school in Lumberton, North Carolina, in 1979. Crump and his white classmates played with each other and were cordial in class. Things were very different during lunch hour, however, when segregation became obvious. Most of the African American students came from poor families, … More In New Book, Civil Rights Lawyer Benjamin Crump Takes On ‘Legalized Genocide’

This Is The Face Of A Scientist Who Just Landed A Million-Dollar Fellowship

Kevin Cox Jr., 28, asked a lot of questions as a child. He wanted to know how and why things came to be. The plant biologist, a Florissant native, figured his curiosity would take him into the medical field, but at the end of his sophomore year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he found … More This Is The Face Of A Scientist Who Just Landed A Million-Dollar Fellowship

Collision Course

The fatal police shooting of Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz after a traffic stop in Wethersfield is examined in Collision Course, a half-hour TV documentary that kicks off Connecticut Public’s new investigative journalism project. Collision Course examines the dynamics at play that led the lives of two men — 18-year-old Vega Cruz and Officer Layau Eulizier Jr. — … More Collision Course

‘A Black Dot In A Sea Of White’: Recalling The Integration Of Her High School

Before Judy Gladney was among the first black students to integrate University City High School, she and her family were the first black people to move into a gated community in the city called University Hills. For Gladney, 67, being among the first was almost a family tradition. “We were a family of firsts,” Gladney … More ‘A Black Dot In A Sea Of White’: Recalling The Integration Of Her High School

Oregon Makeup Company Creates Products For All Hues

Paula Hayes fell in love with makeup as a kid. “I say from the time that I tried on my mom’s lipstick when I was little,” she said. When she got to high school, she found the feeling wasn’t mutual. As she began to wear makeup everyday and experiment more with products, she suffered from breakouts and … More Oregon Makeup Company Creates Products For All Hues

‘Now It’s Normal’: Many St. Louis Students Live In The Shadow Of Gun Violence

Early this spring, Shamyia Ford Jennings, 17, walked with her cousin and a friend to a corner store in north St. Louis. Minutes later, she was in St. Louis Children’s Hospital with a bullet wound in left leg. Her friend had also been shot, but in the foot. And a couple of summers ago, Devin … More ‘Now It’s Normal’: Many St. Louis Students Live In The Shadow Of Gun Violence

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