Race + Diversity

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Black entrepreneurs in Arizona can build their business skills through a program offered by Local First Arizona. The We Rise accelerator is a free program for Black entrepreneurs who have some experience running a business and need help with growth.
Jun. 25, 2022
Many Worlds Phoenix Air Jordan low
Sneakerheads will spend hundreds on the latest sneakers. But a recent story from Cronkite News found that those retro basketball sneakers can keep you out of many of Scottsdale's most popular nightclubs.
Jun. 21, 2022
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June 19 is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. And Ibram X. Kendi says the observance can be an opportunity to talk about the issue and its relevance today.
Jun. 17, 2022
Harold Branch III
Last year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. The name commemorates June 19, 1865 — the day that African American slaves in Texas received word they had been freed from enslavement two and half years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. In the Valley, people celebrate the holiday in different ways.
Jun. 14, 2022
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The first female African American graduate from Arizona State University has been identified after she was believed to be someone else.
Jun. 11, 2022
An Arizona State University graduation ceremony
The U.S. Department of Education has recognized Arizona State University as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. ASU’s Hispanic student population has grown considerably in the past decade.
Jun. 9, 2022
A Coconino High School graduate has placed high in a national poetry recitation contest. After several preliminary rounds between competing presenters at local and state levels, Oscar Manuel Landa Samano placed third in the national finals of the Poetry Out Loud contest last weekend.
Jun. 7, 2022
Getting a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease or other, lesser-known types of dementias like frontotemporal degeneration – also known as FTD – can be difficult. It's especially true for Latinos.
Jun. 4, 2022
a screen shot of Long Line of Ladies trailer
Often, in American culture, when a girl gets her first period it’s a hushed affair. But the film "Long Line of Ladies" portrays a very different picture for a young woman and her family.
Jun. 3, 2022
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A study done by researchers with Arizona State University found that Black girls as young as 10 have experienced bullying and teasing related to their hair. The study surveyed 105 girls aged 10 to 15.
Jun. 2, 2022
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A bill set for Arizona Senate debate may prohibit teachers from promoting or advocating the idea that blame or judgment can be placed on a subject based on race or ethnicity.
May. 31, 2022
Chandler City Hall
Chandler recently expanded its bilingual pay program to include six languages.
May. 24, 2022
Linda Groomes
The “Celebration of Women” book spotlights endeavors by role models in the Phoenix metro region. This year’s focus is Black, Indigenous and women of color in arts and culture.
May. 21, 2022
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An ongoing exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles is exploring some of the history of the Jewish deli and its ongoing impact. It’s called, “I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli.”
May. 9, 2022
The Living Traditions Dance Troupe
"Dancing With The Universe | Native Style” is a new Indigenous theatrical work debuting this weekend at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The themes present in the songs and dances are centered on connecting to nature.
May. 3, 2022
Gypsy Rose Low Rider
A new exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum called “Desert Rider” highlights a diverse display of art by Latinx and Indigenous artists of the Southwest.
More Arizona arts and entertainment
May. 1, 2022
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A new report looks at the way Haitian asylum seekers have been treated in Mexico as the result of both U.S. and Mexican policies that fail to recognize them as refugees.
Apr. 28, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted a community event in Tucson on Wednesday to give details about a bill he’s part of that would make access to clean air and water a right protected by law.
Apr. 21, 2022
Paul Rucker Banking While Black
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 was a direct attack on what was known as Black Wall Street as white residents — and some police officers — took part in killing Black people and burning their businesses. But artist Paul Rucker, who uses history to bring context to much of his work, says what happened in Tulsa was far from a unique event in Black communities.
Apr. 20, 2022
Hannah Throssell
There is a school in Tucson that bridges the gap for Tohono O’odham teenagers, between the traditional ways of their ancestors and the demands of a modern-day education. Ha:sañ Preparatory & Leadership School was created by teachers and parents who wanted a place for Indigenous students to learn both their culture and their language.
Apr. 20, 2022


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