Race + Diversity

A still from the film "Voodoo Macbeth."
In 1936 Harlem, an all-Black cast produced an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," commonly referred to as “Voodoo Macbeth.” A new biopic of the same name about the production won “Best of Fest” last weekend at the 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival.
Jun. 20, 2021
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
Jun. 17, 2021
June 19 is now a federal holiday, as President Joe Biden Thursday signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as the end of slavery in America. KJZZ explores further how the date exemplifies a celebration of the closing of an uniquely horrific chapter in American history.
Jun. 17, 2021
syringes
The COVID-19 Vaccine Poll from the Commonwealth Fund and the African American Research Collaborative asked more than 12,000 Americans about their vaccination status and their attitudes toward the vaccine. The results highlight nationwide inequities in vaccine distribution among different demographic groups.
Jun. 16, 2021
Allistair Adele
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday it is permanently dismissing charges against protesters who were arrested in the fall of 2020 in downtown Phoenix.
Jun. 11, 2021
Nicholas Galanin Never Forget Indian Land sign
Each spring, the desert outside of Palm Springs, California, is activated with massive, experimental, international contemporary art installations. It’s called Desert X. And this year, one exhibition caught headlines around the globe.
Jun. 11, 2021
Governor candidates
Members of an LGBTQ coalition in Sonora have secured signatures on an inclusive political agenda from dozens candidates running for political office this election cycle.
Jun. 2, 2021
Charli Calvin
The state health department released final rules about who qualifies to pursue a license. But efforts to help those hurt by the drug war in other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized have been criticized for not living up to their intentions. Now it’s Arizona’s turn to try and ingrain social justice values sought by many in the U.S. into a developing and profitable industry.
Jun. 2, 2021
takeout box with food
After the murder of George Floyd last year, DoorDash, Uber Eats and its brand Postmates waived delivery fees for some Black-owned restaurants. The delivery companies said they wanted to respond to nationwide calls for racial justice. But legal challenges came quickly.
Jun. 2, 2021
Phoenix Pride 2018
Phoenix Pride has announced a lineup of events to celebrate Pride month in June.
Jun. 1, 2021
Phil Boas
The recent battle in Israel among some Jewish residents, some Palestinians, and Hamas has publicly revived a number of concerns — including Middle East warfare, whether Jewish and Palestinian people can coexist there, and anti-Semitism in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Jun. 1, 2021
Tulsa Race Massacre ruins
The history of the U.S. is dotted with examples of racial injustice and blatant acts of racism — systemic and otherwise. But one of the most horrific hadn’t received much attention or discussion until recently: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, which occurred 100 years ago.
Jun. 1, 2021
south mountain park
Parks in the Valley’s biggest cities rank among the lowest when it comes to a ratings system from the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that annually evaluates the largest 100 cities across the United States.
More Arizona Business News
May. 28, 2021
Arizona State Capitol building
A bill that would have banned Arizona educators from discussing “controversial topics” in schools, or face a fine of up to $5,000, failed on Thursday to get the votes needed to pass in the state Senate
May. 27, 2021
congo masks at the musical instrument museum
We’ve all been talking a lot about wearing masks these days to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, a different type of mask is taking center stage: Congolese masks.
May. 14, 2021
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, on Tuesday announced the recipients of research & development grants.
May. 11, 2021
Live music in the park, a re-telling of “Alice in Wonderland,” poetry, art, literature, live performances. The artists are back, as millions of Arizonans have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
More Arizona Arts, Entertainment News
May. 10, 2021
A light rail train traveled through downtown Mesa
After the Mesa council approved an ordinance that extended additional legal protections to the LGBTQ community, a group of citizens started collecting signatures to force a public vote to repeal that ordinance. The group filed more than 11,000 signatures. But after supporters of the ordinance alleged not enough of those signatures were valid, United for Mesa backed down.
May. 10, 2021
classroom teacher
On a party line vote in the state House of Representatives, Republicans approved a bill that would fine teachers up to $5,000 if they were to broach so-called controversial topics without providing “diverse and contending perspectives.” In a column for the Republic, Editorial Board member Elvia Diaz argued against the bill.
May. 10, 2021
rashad shabazz
Arizona lawmakers are close to passing a bill opponents say is part of a nationwide effort to ban teaching critical race theory in K-12 schools. An ASU professor explains what critical race theory is and dispels misconception.
May. 7, 2021

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