Race + Diversity

Conversations about representation have been taking place in lots of areas of society, from politics to business to the arts. It’s something Granville Carroll has been thinking a lot about. Carroll is a visual artist and an assistant professor at Arizona State University. He’s developed and is teaching a class called Identity and Representation in Photography.
Feb. 20, 2023
For nearly four decades, The Festival of Japan, better known as the Arizona Matsuri, has celebrated the “Land of the Rising Sun” in many ways. The festival returns in-person this weekend to Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.
Feb. 18, 2023
State Farm Stadium
The game has renewed protests against the Kansas City team name and mascot. Tribal members from around the country plan on showing up to State Farm Stadium in Glendale to protest.
Feb. 10, 2023
football field
The Arizona Cardinals have yet to announce a new head coach after firing Kliff Kingsbury last month. There have been recent calls for inclusivity and diversity for hiring within the NFL.
Feb. 9, 2023
State Farm Stadium
For the first time in Super Bowl history, both starting quarterbacks will be Black — Patrick Mahomes or Kansas City and Jalen Hurts for Philadelphia. To get a sense of what this means for the world of football and beyond, The Show spoke with Jason Reid, a senior NFL writer at ESPN who covers race in the NFL.
Feb. 9, 2023
The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
The Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra has been making people dance across the Phoenix area for 10 years. At 16 members strong, PAO is dedicated to the music that inspired them — and the man who created it, the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
Feb. 3, 2023
Kenichi Zenimura
A new exhibit at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe explores “America’s Pastime” through the lens of World War 2 Japanese internment camps in the U.S. — two of which were in Arizona.
Jan. 31, 2023
February is Black History Month across the United States. But how is it being examined in Arizona? It depends who you ask — keeping in mind the few answers which show up in a single story about the topic certainly shouldn't be considered exhaustive.
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Jan. 31, 2023
Coming up on this Season 9 opener of Word, wanna get off this planet? A new sci-fi novel examines the implications of doing so and what it means for sustainability by those of us who choose to stay on it. Plus, it’s Black History Month. Why are representations of it lacking in Arizona? Finally, February means National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), and the 2023 KJZZ Haiku Writing Contest.
Jan. 29, 2023
megan figueroa
Can you ban a word? Well, if you ask Arkansas’ new governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the answer would be yes. Linguist Megan Figueroa says banning a word flies in the face of the way we use language itself.
Jan. 25, 2023
coolidge generating station
A judge has ruled against Salt River Project’s proposed expansion of a gas-fired plant near Coolidge.
Jan. 23, 2023
The Intel Corporation, YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix and Salt River Project have invested more than $100,000 in their second year of the Equity in STEAM Initiative.
Jan. 23, 2023
warren stewart
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Arizona’s first observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Jan. 16, 2023
University of Arizona Old Main
The African American Museum of Southern Arizona had its grand opening this weekend, ahead of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Jan. 16, 2023
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964
On this holiday celebrating the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., people are remembering his legacy in many ways. One of those instances was his famous visit to Phoenix and Tempe about a month prior to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Arizona marks 30 years of observing MLK Day
Jan. 15, 2023
Tempe City Hall
Nearly 30 entrepreneurs in Tempe have received grants up to $25,000. The money can be used for anything to help their business succeed — that could mean covering rent, investing in training, or buying supplies and equipment.
Jan. 12, 2023
Black Panther Wakanda Forever poster
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” captivated audiences late last year with a return to Wakanda, the futuristic African civilization. But the movie’s antagonist, played by Indigenous Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, drew great attention, as did to the Mesoamerican community of Talokan. The community is based near the Yucatan region of Mexico.
Jan. 12, 2023
robbie sherwood
It took Robbie Sherwood over 50 years to learn his ancestry. And this year, he plans to honor those roots with a Nicaraguan dish.
Dec. 16, 2022
Mario Lopez and  Paulina Chávez in “Feliz NaviDAD”
For holiday movies, there are so many choices from the classics, to the comedies, to the new slate of holiday movies on Lifetime every year. And that’s where Peter Murrieta comes in.
Dec. 13, 2022
Halle Bailey in Disney's live-action Little Mermaid
Disney’s live-action reboot of "The Little Mermaid" opens in theaters Friday. The long anticipated remake is one of a handful of films kicking off the summer blockbuster season.
Dec. 13, 2022

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