Recent discussions about protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination in Prairie Village and Mission, Kansas, recall a similar, highly controversial effort a few years ago in Roeland Park — and a quiet development in Wyandotte County earlier this year. “If I worked in Prairie Village I could be fired for being gay. I’m married to my wife, but if I … More Why more cities in Kansas are talking about protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination
After the August 2018 primaries, it’s clear many people — young, black and progressive — played a major role in helping former Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell defeat incumbent St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch in the Democratic race. “We’re saying bye to Bob and ushering in, hopefully, a new era in prosecutor politics,” Rodney Brown … More Grassroots approach boosted black voters’ turnout in primary — What about midterms?
St. Louis activist and filmmaker Cami Thomas moved back to St. Louis from college a year after Michael Brown’s death. While news of the 2014 shooting and the protests that followed grabbed national attention, she was miles away at school — grappling with the developments and fallout. When she returned to St. Louis, Thomas said … More How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’
The media is replete with reaction and commentary about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” from people on the coasts and even overseas. As guest host of the KCUR show Central Standard, Sharing America’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson invited three Kansas City residents to talk about the film–its impact, its resonance, even its “Easter eggs.” The guests … More How does ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ play with Asian Americans in the heartland?
Squash is a global game, but in the U.S., it’s a sport primarily associated with white players. Squash courts tend to be located at private schools and members-only clubs. “The elite, affluent communities … have access to squash, and unfortunately it hasn’t been a super accessible sport for most people,” said Meg Taylor, executive director … More Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash
It’s the kind of place with a following, long lines out the door, and home to one of Kansas City’s unique food traditions. The pork tenderloin has been reviewed extensively by food critics locally for several years. Charles Ferruzza, a long-time food critic, is a fan. “It’s hard to find the perfect pork tenderloin that … More Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City
Outdoor billboards are a traditional form of advertising and — for many commuters — just another sign you pass while on the road. But over the last few months, a collection of billboards have been catching folks’ attention with their messages — and even making some feel uncomfortable: “Black Lives Matter” “De-escalation, Not Militarization” “Portland…Is Your … More Portland: Is your white fragility showing?
The door is off its hinges in Farlon Wilson’s bathroom. Wilson said that’s an improvement from when she first moved in, when there was no bathroom door at all. She said she’s putting in work orders to fix the problems nearly every week. “The tub won’t stop leaking and the floor is about to fall,” … More I’ve been waiting for a long time’: More than 7,000 people await Section 8 in Illinois community
Sam Shockley went to school with the black students who eventually desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. So he was more than familiar with the harshness of racism. When he moved to Kansas City in the 1950s, he experienced a different brand of it. “Here it was more covert,” Shockley says. In the … More Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City
Tamyka Brown was perfecting her shot. Her target sheet, riddled with bullet holes, showed she knows what she’s doing. When asked about her time on the gun range, Brown responded with a smile. “Great. It went great,” she said. “Like, I want to go again, but I think I’ma pass and come back next Thursday.” … More ‘We don’t get the same protection’: Black women shoot, learn gun safety at range
David O’Bryant has done a lot of things in his life to protect himself. He’s studied self-defense. He’s taken time to learn about white supremacist groups that operate in Oregon. And he bought a gun. “I do think that it behooves marginalized communities to at least explore the possibilities of firearms for self-defense,” O’Bryant said. O’Bryant is among … More After Police Shooting On Campus, Black Oregonians Talk Gun Ownership
Ryan Stokes spent the night he died with friends in Kansas City’s Power and Light entertainment district. After being accused of stealing a cellphone, Stokes and a friend became the targets of a foot chase that ended when police shot and killed Stokes, who was 24 years old. Accounts of what happened that night, five … More Family of Ryan Stokes still searches for justice, five years after Kansas City police killed him