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Kansas City, Missouri.

Advocate of reparations for slavery talks about forms it could take in Kansas City

By Reparations

KC mayor joins leaders across the country in exploring opportunities for reparations. By Bianca Beltrán, KMBC News — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is joining 10 mayors across the country in a pledge to pay reparations for slavery in their communities. Their goal is to provide examples of programs the federal government can invest in. “I firmly believe that Black people are owed reparations not only for the transgressions of…

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Kansas City, Missouri

Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?

By Reparations

Kansas City groups are talking about reparations as cities such as Evanston, Illinois, either implement or discuss their own programs to address past harm to Black residents. By Jonathan Shorman — Every Congressional session for nearly three decades, the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan introduced HR 40, calling for a national commission to study the impact of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and to recommend remedies,…

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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

“State of Emergency” in Black America: The Killing of Black Men Continues – A Call to Action

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Articles & Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels — When will it stop? The police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, coming on the heals of the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man by a policeman’s choke hold in Staten Island, New York, is yet another painful, traumatic reminder of the long history of occupation, torture, abuse and killing of Black people in America, particularly Black men.

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Beloved Streets of America

Beloved Streets of America Announces The New March Towards $1 Billion Fundraiser to Revitalize MLK Streets Nationwide

By News & Current Affairs

The New March Series Launches on MLK Day January 20, 2020 Nationwide ” A Dollar Goes a Long Way Down MLK” St. Louis, Mo. — Beloved Streets of America announced the launch of the NEW MARCH TOWARDS $1Billion FUNDRAISER to revitalize MLK Streets Nationwide on the day we celebrate MLK  January 20, 2020. There are over 900 streets that bare the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in depressed…

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Simone Biles

The Athletic Brilliance, Biometrics and Unbounded Success of Simone Biles

By Commentaries/Opinions

Fans believe she can fly! By S.E. Williams, Black Voice News — Simone Biles thrilled gymnastic enthusiasts on Friday, August 15 as she secured her sixth national gymnastics title with a near flawless routine and “double-double” dismount on the uneven bars during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. With this sixth championship, Biles became the first woman in nearly seventy years to accomplish such success in this regard….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Holocaust, Haiti, Ferguson and Watts: Honoring Our People Through Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The month of August for our people is a special month, full and overflowing with commemorations of our awesome march and movement through human history in our ongoing quest for freedom, justice, expanded human good and the sustained well-being of the world. This year and month mark the 400th year of our brutal insertion in this country, enslaved and in resistance. And so, we must…

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Hip-Hop Artist Tef Poe

Hip-Hop Artist Tef Poe Heads To Jordan In Efforts To Foster Diplomacy Through Music

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

By St. Louis Public Radio — St. Louis-based hip-hop artist Kareem Jackson, who goes by the stage name Tef Poe, has often traveled across the world to share his musical craft and to also raise awareness about how social justice issues often intertwine across borders. His travels will continue next week to the Middle-Eastern country of Jordan as part of Next Level, a cultural exchange program the U.S. State Department is…

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Cori Bush is running for Congress in Missouri, aiming to defeat a lawmaker who has served in the House for 17 years.

The next Ocasio-Cortez: will these candidates pull Democrats to the left?

By News & Current Affairs

The New York activist’s upset primary victory has fueled hopes – and boosted funding – for progressives in Democratic races across the US By Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian — One day in mid-June, Cori Bush, a nurse and activist mounting a progressive primary challenge against a well-established Democratic congressman in Missouri, took a look at her fundraising totals. She had raised $9 during the previous 24 hours. On the evening of…

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Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Missouri senator calls for reparations for slavery, criticizes McCaskill, Democrats

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Allison Kite — Concerned about the plight of black people in her Missouri district, a Democratic state senator on Tuesday called for reparations for former slaves and criticized her own party for taking African American votes for granted. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, criticized white Democrats, such as U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, saying there’s “no difference” between them and Republicans. Both parties, she said, have failed black people. “Neither…

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