Kansas City, MO – As a result of low investment in the African-American community, many cannot reach their retirement and college savings goals. The primary reason cited in recent studies for not investing enough is lack of knowledge.
Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.
Kansas City, MO – Recent data from the Kauffman Foundation shows that minority-owned businesses have grown substantially since the 1980s. However, they are disproportionately in no-growth and low-growth sectors. Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm addresses the disparity. And Kansas City Urban League President Gwendolyn Grant speaks about the newly formed program which provides resources, coaching and opportunities to minority entrepreneurs.
Kansas City, MO – Bobby Seale was the chairman and co-founder, along with Huey Newton, of the Black Panther Party, an organization formed in 1966 to guard against police brutality in black neighborhoods and provide social services. Last week, he was the keynote speaker at Tent State University, a group formed by UMKC students to protest against some of the University's practices.
Kansas City, MO – In some cases, a disaster provides an opportunity for communities to come to together. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross speaks to one local Vietnamese family who takes in relatives from New Orleans and finds a new connection here.
The Vietnamese American Community of Greater Kansas City donated funds for the Nguyen family to get back on their feet in Kansas City.
Excerpts from a recent performance of storyteller Noa Baum about a Palestinian-Israeli friendship.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – Two women grew up in Jerusalem ? but cultural and physical walls kept them apart. One is Palestinian, the other, a Jewish Israeli. But in California, they have the opportunity to meet, and eventually share their experiences. Storyteller Noa Baum created a performance from the story of their friendship. On Monday, she presented the one-woman show ?A Land Twice Promised? at the American Heartland Theater.