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?
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
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
If the incidents seem to be coming fast and furious, you’re not imagining things. (Not to mention the other “fill-in-the-blank” while black cases). Many of the chain restaurants and retailers Americans frequent have been caught in the act, with social media and news coverage essentially outing employees who jump to conclusions and make erroneous assumptions … More Mapping discrimination: A ‘shopping and dining while black’ tracker
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related causes and the rate of infant mortality for black infants is almost double that of white infants. An organization in Kansas City is trying to turn those numbers around. Kimberly Hardeman … More Lowering Infant Mortality By Supporting Black Mothers
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
A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training. Inside the small Hartford café, co-owner Sarah McCoy explained how the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks — the one that made national headlines and led to a companywide training on racial bias — spurred her to think … More After Starbucks Fiasco, Hartford Coffeehouse Gets Its Own Anti-Bias Training
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.
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
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
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
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