‘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

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

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

Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin. For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race. … More Census 2020: Africans, African-Americans consider how to respond to questions about origins

A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

When Stephen Green joined the staff at Albina Community Bank, there was no mistaking that the bank was steeped in the community. “I was in for Albina when I heard the question in the interview, ‘Where do you volunteer in Northeast Portland?’” Green said. “That said thousands of words about the organization.” Green is an entrepreneur and … More A Vestige Of NE Portland Is Gone: Albina Community Bank

Program Aims To Teach White Liberals How To Talk About Race

After the 2016 presidential election, David Campt realized America had a bigger problem than he’d thought. “Before the election I perceived, ‘Oooh there’s a whole bunch of angry white people, and Trump represents their anger. And man, they are about to lose big,” he said. “After Trump won, I realized we’ve had a massive white ally fail, … More Program Aims To Teach White Liberals How To Talk About Race

Green Duck Lounge: A series of podcasts exploring today’s civil rights movement through the lens of history

In 1970, a gunman killed civil rights leader Leon Jordan outside the Green Duck Lounge, a popular Kansas City watering hole which Jordan owned. Reporter Michelle Tyrene Johnson of KCUR-FM in Kansas City is also a playwright who penned the play,” The Green Duck Lounge.” In Februrary, the University of Missouri staged the play, which … More Green Duck Lounge: A series of podcasts exploring today’s civil rights movement through the lens of history

St. Louis County school district creates space for black girls to find their voice

For three years Shante Duncan has facilitated The L.O.V.E. Project with freshman girls at Lafayette High School in Wildwood. She talks to the girls about school and anything else they want to share about their personal lives. This month, Duncan centered the session around important African-American females, from Ida B. Wells to Henrietta Lacks, a … More St. Louis County school district creates space for black girls to find their voice

For older, homeless women, one Central West End charity provides a ‘forever home’

A residence in the Central West End has had the reputation of catering to poor and low-income women for years. But now, the organization’s work to house middle-aged and elderly women with mental illnesses and, in some cases, formerly homeless women, is vital in a city seeking to address its issues around homelessness. The Mary … More For older, homeless women, one Central West End charity provides a ‘forever home’