She’s Back: Out Of Retirement, Olympian Dawn Harper-Nelson Sets Her Sights On The 2020 Games

In professional sports, female athletes continue to fight for equality. They are pushing for equal pay, combating sexism within their particular sport and demanding maternal protections from sponsors. Three U.S. Olympic track stars — including Allyson Felix, Kara Goucher and Alysia Montaño — voiced their opinions last year about sponsors who released them from their contracts because of … More She’s Back: Out Of Retirement, Olympian Dawn Harper-Nelson Sets Her Sights On The 2020 Games

Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

If the incidents seem to be coming fast and furious, you’re not imagining things. (Not to mention the other “fill-in-the-blank” while black cases). Many of the chain restaurants and retailers Americans frequent have been caught in the act, with social media and news coverage essentially outing employees who jump to conclusions and make erroneous assumptions … More Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker

The Legacy Of Travel, Business Guides For African Americans Lives On

Michael Burns remembers his parents using a booklet with a green cover to help direct their road trips from St. Louis to Chicago in the late 1950s and early ’60s. At the time, he did not understand why they had to depart before dawn, but he did know the black-owned businesses listed in the booklet … More The Legacy Of Travel, Business Guides For African Americans Lives On

She Didn’t Win The Mayor’s Seat, But Alissia Canady Remains A Force In Her Community

Alissia Canady is a black woman from Kansas City’s east side. In the crowded primary race for mayor last year — there were 11 candidates — she was the only woman of color. Canady, who is 40, came in third. But don’t call that outcome a failure. Quinton Lucas was one of Canady’s opponents in … More She Didn’t Win The Mayor’s Seat, But Alissia Canady Remains A Force In Her Community

Could This State Be The Next To Ban Discrimination Against Workers For Black Hairstyles?

Emily Brown runs a non-profit in the Kansas City area. She is a black woman who wears her hair naturally. In 2016, she was invited to speak at a national conference, but one of the board members pulled her aside. “You know, I think you’re smart,” Brown told the story recently on KCUR’s Central Standard. “But … More Could This State Be The Next To Ban Discrimination Against Workers For Black Hairstyles?

Black Male Educators Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers

Darryl Diggs Jr. only had two African American male educators in his school years. He met the first one, a physical education teacher, in grade school — and then another, a physiology teacher, in high school. At college, he only had one black male professor. Today, Diggs, 37, finds himself in a similar position. An … More Black Male Educators Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers

Teaching Black History Should Be A Family, Community Affair, School Psychology Expert Says

Every February, schools around the nation commemorate the accomplishments of African Americans by highlighting them through Black History Month lessons and programs. Some celebrate with school plays, guest speakers or hallway exhibits of locally and nationally known black figures. Educators like Jameca Falconer, adjunct professor and director of Webster University’s Applied Educational Psychology and School … More Teaching Black History Should Be A Family, Community Affair, School Psychology Expert Says

What Kansas City Can Learn From Dakar, Amsterdam And Memphis About Naming Streets For MLK

Kansas City, Missouri, is internationally recognized as one of the cradles of  jazz and nationally known for its barbecue and its sports teams. But late last year, it earned national headlines as the city that waited until 2019 to name a street after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only to have voters reverse that decision … More What Kansas City Can Learn From Dakar, Amsterdam And Memphis About Naming Streets For MLK

She Grew Up With A View Of The Arch; Now She Has A Vision For The National Park Service

As a child, Nichole McHenry envisioned herself broadcasting the news, just like famed St. Louis anchor Robin Smith. Although her dreams of becoming a reporter did not come to fruition, she found a different way to tell stories. For the past 28 years, McHenry has been sharing the stories of national parks and other connected … More She Grew Up With A View Of The Arch; Now She Has A Vision For The National Park Service

These Designers Are Bringing Sexy Back To A Once-Hot Fashion Hub

Lisa Hu wants to make St. Louis sexy. Not only in a fashionable way, but with a desirable economic engine. Hu’s posh, eco-friendly handbag company Lux & Nyx has already been featured in national and local fashion magazines, and the St. Louis venture has only been around for about a year and a half. That’s partly because … More These Designers Are Bringing Sexy Back To A Once-Hot Fashion Hub

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