Kansas City, MO – After what some in the prosecutor's office say was a difficult decision, Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders decided what penalty he would seek for the murder of toddler Erica Green, known for fours years in Kansas City as Precious Doe.
Kansas City, MO – A controversial series of t-shirts are pulled from the shelves in some Kansas City stores. But parents and community activists want a stronger reaction from the owners. Jackson County Prosecutor Mike Sanders calls for the death penalty for "Precious Doe"'s stepfather. Also, a series of sandblasted metal cutout figures at 10th and Main honor area bus commuters, and the legacy of Rosa Parks is commemorated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority with a new bus.
Kansas City, MO – At a ceremony to honor civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks last week, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority officials unveiled a new Rosa Parks bus.
The bus features large photographs of Parks on one side and displays a large photograph of Rayford Harris, one of the first five African-American bus drivers hired in Kansas City in 1960 along with his fellow drivers, on the other side.
Kansas City, MO – Local activists in Kansas City have protested several Harold Pener stores this past week for what they call T-shirts with drug-related images, like snowmen which also represent cocaine. Attorneys representing Kellogg and Keebler companies have joined the fight as well, challenging T-shirt designs with Tony the Tiger.
This week, a puppet theatre troupe amiably tweaks The Nutcracker, artist George Hughes talks about fusing paint, family photos and found objects in his artwork, and a new series of sculptures unveiled downtown this week celebrates real people, holding on, and riding the bus.
The New York Times has called Chicago based curator Hamza Walker one of the seven most influential curators in the country. Walker visited Kansas City recently for the opening of the 2005 Charlotte Street Awards Exhibition at Johnson County Community College.
Kansas City, MO – A remembrance of Rosa Kemp, long-time regional administrator of the the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. Tony Botello talks about local news (complete with dirty pictures and offensive jokes) on his blog www.tonyskansascity.com. An international Thanksgiving celebration at Donnelly College. New Orleans poet Mona Lisa Saloy reads her work at UMKC's African American History and Culture House.
Kansas City, MO – People from Argentina, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Sudan and Pakistan gathered this Thanksgiving at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas to continue its annual Thanks-and-Giving celebration. Natives, newcomers at table again, students from around the world shared with dishes from their home country and traditions that gave the celebration a novel personal touch.
Kansas City, MO – At first glance it's a website filled with dirty pictures and racist jokes. But Tony's Kansas City also happens to be one of the most complete collections of local news stories on the internet. The man behind it is Tony Botello. He is a freelance writer and his blog is somewhere between a hobby and an addiction.
It is where he spends hours a day commentating on stories from Kansas City newspapers, TV and radio stations, and other local blogs.
Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace.
Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.
Mona Lisa Saloy's poetry has been recognized for capturing the street idioms and cultures of her native city, New Orleans. " Red Beans and Ricely Yours" is a celebration of the vibrant history, street culture and color of her hometown.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Mona Lisa Saloy was one of many residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The poet and folklorist visited Kansas City recently and read at the African American History and Culture House on the campus of UMKC.
Kansas City, MO – Women's advocate Rose Kemp died over the weekend at the age of 72. Born in Kansas City Kansas, Kemp was regional administrator for the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor for twenty-two years. But for 40 years, she led initiatives in Kansas City designed to bring women together, and help them succeed in the workplace. Former UMKC Women's Center director Ruth Margolin told KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about her friend and collaborator Rose Kemp.
Artist George Hughes grew up in Ghana, where he first studied the great masters. In his artwork, Hughes fuses paint, family photos, and found objects to create paintings, sculptures, and performance art.
Angela Cervantes is one of two Kansas City writers featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. Her story included in the collection is about her father and his compadres. Here's Angela Cervantes reading What's Up with Dads and Porkchop Sandwiches?
Kansas City, MO – An update on the progress of Kansas City, Missouri's Commission on Violent Crime from the commission chair, Stacey Daniels-Young. Bike along with Kenneth Walker, founder of the "Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets", a group of African American cyclists. Also, an interview with Ghanaian painter George Hughes, the history of the Kansas City Latino Writers Collective and an interview with Angela Cervantes.
Kansas City, MO – Major Taylor Flaming Sprokets, are a group of African American cyclists in the urban core of Kansas City. Kenneth Walker become active in the cycling community the last few years and leads the troop of generally ten riders through different corners and roads of Kansas City. To his knowledge such a group has not existed in Kansas City in his lifetime. Delores Jones joined the Sprokets on a recent ride.
Molotov is a Mexican metal/hip-hop band formed in 1995. Their music is in a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped by Tito Fuentes.
By Delores Jones
Kansas City, MO – One of Mexico?s most notorious rock bands have released Con Todo Respeto ? with all due respect - which just won a Latin Grammy for best rock album. The album is tribute to bands like the Beastie Boys and the Clash. They also include a version of Gil Scott Heron?s The Revolution will not be Televised ? which they say applies to Mexico as well as the US.
Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sara Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.
Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sara praising her single father caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.
Kansas City, MO – In order to unravel the mystery of the Steptoe neighborhood in Westport, you'd have to go back about one-hundred-forty years to the times of the Civil War when Missouri's fate as a free versus a slave state hung in the balance.
Joe Louis Mattox, a historian at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, has looked into the neighborhood's history. He sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to tell us how he first became interested in Steptoe.
Kansas City, MO – Raytown has been attracting more and more African American and Latino residents in recent years. But as the town becomes more diverse, some of the new residents feel the town government and police are not ready for the new demographics. Some hoped that changes to the city's charter would make Raytown's government more inclusive - but residents rejected the new charter by a 3 to 1 margin Tuesday.
Laura Bush and Louie Culver give Culver's daughter, Sarah Tucker, a standing ovation at the completion of her essay, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 at Howard University in Washington, at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth.
Kansas City, MO – Vietnam Veteran Louie Culver and his 14-year-old daughter Sara Tucker have returned from an invitation by First Lady Laura Bush to the White House. An essay by Sarah praising her single father had caught the attention of First Lady Laura Bush. This week the father and daughter are taking time out to remember Culver's experiences in the Vietnam War.
Both sat down with Sylvia Maria Gross to talk about their experiences.