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

Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

Team Hayes brought out the bullhorn. A League of Women Voters debate was starting in an hour in Danbury, Conn., so a crew of volunteers set up on the side of the road, waving campaign signs at passing cars and chanting about change. “Who’s going to bring it? Jahana!” the cheer went. Volunteer Mary Weber, 66, … More Democrat Jahana Hayes goes ‘full steam’ in historic race for Congress

Why more cities in Kansas are talking about protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination

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

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?

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?

‘We don’t get the same protection’: Black women shoot, learn gun safety at range

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

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

The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

One out of five Americans is a woman of color. So, why are their perspectives often overlooked, even in conversations about race and gender? KCUR’s Michelle Tyrene Johnson hosts an unfiltered, wide-ranging discussion about life in Kansas City for women of color. Check out the full show Guests: Diane Burkholder Celia Ruiz Calderon Kori Carew … More The Hidden Visible: Women Of Color In Kansas City

‘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