After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training. Inside the small Hartford café, co-owner Sarah McCoy explained how the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks — the one that made national headlines and led to a companywide training on racial bias — spurred her to think … More After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training

Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Leaders across Oregon have taken great pains in recent years to acknowledge the state’s racist past and dismantle tools of institutional racism in real estate. But the history lingers — maybe even in the documents of your home. Racially restrictive covenants came to prominence in the 1920s. As neighborhoods were created in cities across the country, housing … More Signs Of Oregon’s Racist Past Might Be In The Documents Of Homes

Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

The anti-bias training that closed Starbucks stores across the U.S. for a few hours Tuesday is over. Will it change anything? That’s what one St. Louisan is asking after he was recently racially profiled at a local Nordstrom Rack. Mekhi Lee, 19, and his two friends were shopping at the store in early May when … More Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.” Starbucks announced the move in April after video of police arresting two black men at a Philadelphia location went viral. An employee had called … More What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert

For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home. “More than ready,” Lasalle, 21, said with a laugh. Check out the full story By Vanessa de … More For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Diversity in the workplace

When people talk about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, it’s usually from the standpoint of the employer. But what about the employee perspective? And for local professionals of color, how does it translate to the day-to-day realities of going to work? Michelle Tyrene Johnson leads the discussion on KCUR. Listen to the show here.

‘This is America’ & profiling by proxy

The single ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino has inspired plenty of conversations on race, identity and culture. In her role of guest host of KCUR’s Central Standard, Michelle Tyrene Johnson and her guests take a closer look at the meaning behind both the song and video. And, in a second segment, for people of color and … More ‘This is America’ & profiling by proxy

In quest to find affordable home, family lands in once-segregated St. Louis County neighborhood

Michael and Danielle Abril are active members of the Meacham Park Neighborhood Association. They show up at meetings. They volunteer. They help inform others in the community. “Meacham Park is a blessing to us because it allowed us to be relatively close to my work and in a great place, a great community,” Michael Abril … More In quest to find affordable home, family lands in once-segregated St. Louis County neighborhood

Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

At least 11 Nike executives have left the company this year over complaints of an uncomfortable workplace that discriminates against women. The first to go was Nike’s president, Trevor Edwards. The announcement came in mid-March that the company’s No. 2 is retiring in August after more than 25 years. Edwards had been considered a favorite … More Nike Sees Executive Departures In Harassment Reckoning

True Love And A Love Of The Quran Brings Instagram Sensation To Stilwell, Kansas

Stilwell, Kansas, is an unlikely place to find a Muslim Quran reciter who has over a million followers each on both Instagramand Facebook. But for now, that’s where you can find Fatih Seferagic.  When Seferagic was just four years old, his family fled war-torn Bosnia. He eventually ended up in Houston, Texas, when he was 14 years … More True Love And A Love Of The Quran Brings Instagram Sensation To Stilwell, Kansas

As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee. “Yes, yes. … I saw it right away,” said the tour guide, … More As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

‘Warn Your Relatives’ when Hari Kondabolu is speaking

Hari Kondabolu is not afraid to talk about the topics that make people uncomfortable. Sexism, racism, colonialism — all the “isms” you can think of — are fair game at his shows. To that he says, why wouldn’t I? The Brooklyn-based comedian is in St. Louis performing at the Helium Comedy Clubat 1151 St. Louis Galleria … More ‘Warn Your Relatives’ when Hari Kondabolu is speaking