Group of Midwestern artists of color creates safe spaces and takes on cultural appropriation

Art is inextricably tied to culture. Whether it’s the imagery of visual artists or the narrative themes of writers, race and culture influence the artists and the art. Members of a two-year-old Kansas City group called the Artists of Color Alliance understand this. “I think the benefit of our group is that we can create … More Group of Midwestern artists of color creates safe spaces and takes on cultural appropriation

In ‘itty-bitty Fairmont City’ library is heart of a fast-growing Latino community in Illinois

It’s a common sight at the Fairmont City Library Center: Students discussing the grammar and syntax of English sentences in small groups. On a recent night, the teacher wanted to know what another word for “per” is. The word got lost in translation. Some students suggested “for,” but in the sentence the teacher gave the … More In ‘itty-bitty Fairmont City’ library is heart of a fast-growing Latino community in Illinois

For minority voters, will ‘status quo’ candidates be enough on Election Day?

The nerves are kicking in, said Constanza Segovia, talking politics outside her house in Hartford before Election Day. The stakes are high — nationally and in the Connecticut gubernatorial race. “Everything’s kind of on the line,” said Segovia, 36, a graphic designer, artist and registered Democrat. And to be “completely honest and straightforward,” she said, … More For minority voters, will ‘status quo’ candidates be enough on Election Day?

Organizations rally people of color in Oregon to get out the vote

Last weekend the women of color-led organization Forward Together hosted a rally to bring together dozens of organizations that support communities of color and to encourage voters to reject Measures 105 and 106, the latter barring the use of public funds to pay for abortions. Forty-five people knocked on more than 1,200 doors as part of the … More Organizations rally people of color in Oregon to get out the vote

Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

The concept of repaying African-Americans for generations of slavery began even before the end of the Civil War. The argument is that generations of enslavement and unpaid labor created an irreparable wealth gap. But how to erase that legacy of unfairness is an open question. The talk back then was of providing everyone 40 acres and a … More Portland racial nonprofit seeks to heal communities with Reparations Power Hour

How does ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ play with Asian Americans in the heartland?

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?

Off to prep school: Students get scholarships after learning sport of squash

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

Portland: Is your white fragility showing?

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?

Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage

Education and evacuees in the Hartford area. Segregation and housing matters in and around St. Louis. Diverse voices in Kansas City (in both Missouri and Kansas).  Coming to terms with race in Portland, Oregon. These are just a few of the themes Saving America has explored so far. This map shows where our coverage is … More Mapping our race, identity and culture coverage

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.

‘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 Club at 1151 St. Louis Galleria … More ‘Warn Your Relatives’ when Hari Kondabolu is speaking

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