Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

Women make up just a fraction of professional basketball referees, coaches and owners. A St. Louis woman is doing her best to change that. Khalia Collier is owner and general manager of the St. Louis Surge, the region’s only professional women’s sports team. In her eighth season at the helm of the team, Collier is also … More Khalia Collier: Team Owner Shoots For More Women In Pro Basketball’s Owner, Referee Ranks

How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

St. Louis activist and filmmaker Cami Thomas moved back to St. Louis from college a year after Michael Brown’s death. While news of the 2014 shooting and the protests that followed grabbed national attention, she was miles away at school — grappling with the developments and fallout. When she returned to St. Louis, Thomas said … More How divided is St. Louis? Filmmaker seeks to find out in season two of ‘Smoke City’

‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be transformed into safe, liveable places. Deyon Ryan’s passion for the issue is partly influenced by her father DeAndre Brown, who has been vocal on the issue. Ryan wrote about … More ‘I dream’: St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

The anti-bias training that closed Starbucks stores across the U.S. for a few hours Tuesday is over. Will it change anything? That’s what one St. Louisan is asking after he was recently racially profiled at a local Nordstrom Rack. Mekhi Lee, 19, and his two friends were shopping at the store in early May when … More Nordstrom Rack incident leaves St. Louis teen skeptical about racial bias training

St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act. “The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state … More St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

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

‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

On March 14, students Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School walked out of their school and through their Grand Center neighborhood in St. Louis, stopping on the steps of St. Francis Xavier College Church. Among the Cardinal Ritter students who took part in the walkout, were two members of the school’s student council: Deja Brown, 17, is … More ‘We are the voice:’ St. Louis student leaders reflect on 50th anniversary of King assassination

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

Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

This story was selected as a finalist in the 2018 ArchCity Defenders “Excellence in Poverty” Awards!  St. Louis public safety officials want city residents to know people jailed at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution are treated humanely despite allegations to the contrary. In March, the mayor’s spokesman invited reporters to tour the jail — … More Inside the St. Louis Workhouse: Conditions, treatment and time served remain under scrutiny

A shared future: Kirkwood, Missouri residents look ahead

Ten years after Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton opened fire at Kirkwood City Hall, some residents hope the city is learning to empathize with the experiences of non-white people and encourage understanding across racial and socioeconomic lines. Thornton shot and killed five people and wounded others at Kirkwood City Hall on Feb. 7, 2008. Two police … More A shared future: Kirkwood, Missouri residents look ahead

Organizers of 2nd St. Louis Women’s March try to address diversity concerns

The first National Women’s March was held in Washington, D.C., one year ago. That’s when thousands of pink pussyhat-clad people filled streets in the nation’s capital and cities across the country to rally for the rights of women. But some observers strongly believed that women of color, trans women and women of different abilities, and the issues … More Organizers of 2nd St. Louis Women’s March try to address diversity concerns

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’