‘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

Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

Communications major Marivelisse Acosta attends Central Connecticut State University. But on Wednesday night, she stood in the cafeteria of Hartford’s Bulkeley High School, contemplating what to say as a mentor to the school’s displaced students from Puerto Rico. “You’re so much better than what you’ve gone through,” said Acosta, 19, herself a Puerto Rican evacuee. … More Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act. “The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state … More St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break. Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from … More At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

Curious Louis: The future of St. Louis’ ‘unofficial’ Chinatown

St. Louis once had a thriving hub for Chinese immigrants moving to the city. Historical records show in 1894 there were about 1,000 people of Chinese heritage living in St. Louis, many of whom had moved to the region from California in the middle part of the century. A St. Louis Public Radio listener wanted … More Curious Louis: The future of St. Louis’ ‘unofficial’ Chinatown

25 Years After Designation, Westside Kansas City Residents Remain Proud Of Avenida Cesar Chavez

This spring marks 25 years since 23rd Street in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, was named after civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. The efforts the community went through echo the current attempt by a coalition of black leaders to rename Paseo Boulevard after Martin Luther King Jr. A petition drive, backed by Democratic U.S. … More 25 Years After Designation, Westside Kansas City Residents Remain Proud Of Avenida Cesar Chavez

Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Edward Waters has been dealing with pain all his life. He has sickle cell anemia, an inherited condition that causes blood cells that are usually round and flexible to take a crescent moon shape. Those cells don’t pass through the veins easily and block oxygen to areas of the body, causing severe pain. Waters’ pain was controlled … More Communities Of Color Struggling But Ignored In The Opioid Crisis

Portland’s Fastest Growing Ethnic Group Struggles To Be Counted

The 2020 U.S. census will take a closer look at the racial make-up of America – asking for even more specifics about ethnicity. For one racial group in the Pacific Northwest, the census offers a chance to build on the success of the last go-round – a survey that showed a surprising result when it came … More Portland’s Fastest Growing Ethnic Group Struggles To Be Counted

Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 9, 1968, five days after the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil unrest in response to long-standing racial tension broke out in Kansas City. But what really happened 50 years ago? Last week, KCUR hosted the panel “Reaction or Riot?: Understanding 1968 in Kansas City” for community members to share their … More Reaction or Riot? Kansas City, Fifty Years After The Slaying Of Martin Luther King Jr.

2020 Census Provokes Mixed Reactions On Citizenship Question

Like many of his neighbors, Bernie Michel came to Hartford from somewhere else. In Michel’s case, Ohio. But for more than two decades he’s lived in Asylum Hill, an area of Hartford that’s become a resettling haven for immigrants and refugees — so many that the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association established its Welcoming Committee five … More 2020 Census Provokes Mixed Reactions On Citizenship Question

‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

On March 14, students Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School walked out of their school and through their Grand Center neighborhood in St. Louis, stopping on the steps of St. Francis Xavier College Church. Among the Cardinal Ritter students who took part in the walkout, were two members of the school’s student council: Deja Brown, 17, is … More ‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas

The next U.S. census will happen in 2020, and it promises to reveal shifting demographics and changing communities. One neighborhood to watch is Strawberry Hill, a vibrant Kansas City, Kansas community that has long been home to immigrants from around the globe. Strawberry Hill is just south of downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Early residents hailed … More Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Reflects Demographic Shifts In Kansas City, Kansas