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

At Muslim Sunday School, Learning About Islam — And Correcting Misconceptions

Off a highway in central Connecticut is the mosque with a 400-student Muslim Sunday school. More guards are on patrol these days. And for the older students in the transition class, talking about Islamophobia is not only welcomed, but encouraged. The teenagers are in their final years of high school and will be heading off … More At Muslim Sunday School, Learning About Islam — And Correcting Misconceptions

109-Year-Old Parade Raises Money For Children’s Mental Health Care

For over a century, the Annie Malone Children and Family Services agency has brought thousands of community members together in the country’s second-largest African American parade: the Annie Malone May Day Parade. Last Sunday’s procession marked its 109th celebration in downtown St. Louis. Parade viewers saw marching bands, local business owners on floats and peppy cheerleaders throughout … More 109-Year-Old Parade Raises Money For Children’s Mental Health Care

Former NFL Player Challenges The Stereotypes Of Black Fathers Through Children’s Book ‘Hair Love’

A few years ago, former NFL player-turned-filmmaker, Matthew A. Cherry noticed a plethora of viral videos of young African American fathers styling their daughter’s natural hair and bonding with them in gender nonconforming ways. The videos were far more popular than similar social videos about black fathers connecting with their sons. And that struck Cherry as interesting. … More Former NFL Player Challenges The Stereotypes Of Black Fathers Through Children’s Book ‘Hair Love’

Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change

Across the country, state legislatures have become more diverse over the past four years. New lawmakers bring different backgrounds and life experiences, and that can lead them to push for more inclusive measures. In Oregon, Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, is the only African American legislator in the state House. Last summer, Bynum was canvassing voters in her district … More Someone Called The Police On Her: Now This Lawmaker Is Fighting For Change