Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

For many in the transgender community, use of their birth name to refer to them after they have transitioned is a no-no, a sign of disrespect. But Merrique Jenson, a transgender woman working in the LGBTQ community, knows she is in a unique situation. She started her transition in October, but she is best known, … More Activist: ‘I’m Ready To Be More Of Who I Am’ About Her Transition

Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Micheal Logan remembers a time when blacks in Kansas City, Missouri, weren’t allowed to go south of 27th Street. So for him, when Paseo Boulevard officially became Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in February, it felt as if the opinions of many black residents had been ignored. “Black people know this, know Paseo more than the average … More Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

Setting children up for academic success is Annie Watson’s driving passion. The Kansas City, Missouri, native is the director of early education and parent success at Turn the Page KC, a non-profit that aims to have all children reading at grade level by third grade. Watson, 31, also helps lead the Parent Leadership Training Institute, … More Annie Watson: From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate

An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

Tony Ross lives in the small town of Peculiar, Missouri, now, but he was shopping at Leon’s Thriftway on East 39th Street days before the grocery business shut its doors for good. Ross was shopping for his mother who lives in a nearby senior living facility. “My mom is devastated. We all devastated,” Ross said. … More An Iconic Black-Owned Grocery In Kansas City Closes

The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Eleven candidates in the primary for Kansas City mayor. Two women. Four black. One openly LGBT candidate. Five white men, with two of them named Scott. No candidates who are Latino, Asian or Native American. While the field of candidates isn’t representative of the city’s demographics, that still doesn’t ignore that demographics are an element … More The Role Of Race In The Race For Kansas City Mayor

Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Chester Owens Jr. remembers bucking the laws of Jim Crow that said a black man had no right to eat where and when he wanted. In 1952, one of those places was a restaurant at Kresge’s department store on Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. “If I can go to Korea and die, I should … More Black History In Kansas City, Kansas: How Downtown Was Desegregated

Kansas City, Missouri (finally) gets a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

One of Kansas City, Missouri’s major thoroughfares will undergo a significant name change from Paseo Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The change, which was one of several options, is more than a year in the making, and Thursday afternoon’s final vote split the city council 8-4. It also could take months for … More Kansas City, Missouri (finally) gets a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Kansas City memorial is first to honor a Missouri lynching victim

Levi Harrington was lynched on April 3, 1882, in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. That may seem like a long time ago, but after 136 years, the aftermath of racial terror lynchings reverberates today. That’s why lynchings — and Harrington — are being remembered in Kansas City with a new memorial. The story … More Kansas City memorial is first to honor a Missouri lynching victim

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

Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

Janelle Monae’s latest album, “Dirty Computer,” was released earlier this year. Her music, style, politics and revelations about her sexuality landed her on the covers of Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine. She’s also recently appeared in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” the 2016 film which won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. … More Janelle Monáe plans to give more than music back to Kansas City

Dig in: The story behind a unique pork tenderloin sandwich in Kansas City

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

Past Housing Discrimination Contributed To Wealth Gap Between Blacks and Whites In Kansas City

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