Race + Diversity

Maria-Teresa Leibermann-Parraga
Health-care advocate Maria-Teresa Leibermann-Parraga is particularly concerned about the ripple effects that Arizona's near-total abortion ban could have on neighboring states.
Apr. 23, 2024
Faith Johnson’s mother, Joy, owns Cut’n Corners & Convos Barber Shop in Tempe. The 22-year-old University of Arizona graduate is using it now to help start conversations about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, depression and aggression.
Apr. 22, 2024
A herd of free-range sheep are crossing a 'Light Up Navajo' construction site at Cornfields in April 2024.
More than 250 volunteers from 41 utilities across 16 states are expected to travel between now and July to the largest reservation in the U.S. to donate their time and talents during the fourth annual Light Up Navajo mutual aid project.
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Apr. 19, 2024
A room in the emergency department of Banner University Medical Center
A new, national report that looks at health outcomes of Americans found considerable disparities between white and nonwhite individuals — even in high-performing states like Massachusetts. In Arizona, those disparities are even more dramatic.
Apr. 19, 2024
A boarding school in Ghana, Africa, is the setting for a retelling of the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls” and it’s the final weekend for this stage version that’s being performed by an all-Black cast from Spotlight Youth Theatre in Glendale.
Apr. 19, 2024
The Casagrandes Movie
The Nickelodeon show "The Casagrandes" has been off the air for the couple of years, but the family is now back on-screen — this time in movie form.
Apr. 19, 2024
Mural of kids
Diné College is one of 14 tribal grant recipients from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund projects that recognize the traumatic legacies of federally run boarding schools.
Apr. 12, 2024
Cardiac Canyon stretches for 2.5 miles and is part of Antelope Canyon near Page.
“Bad Indian: Hiding in Antelope Canyon” premiered at the Phoenix Film Festival and tells the story of Hastiin Tadidinii — whose name translates to "Corn Pollen Man" and who avoided the Long Walk forced on the Navajos starting in 1863.
Apr. 10, 2024
Kids on a beach in black and white photo
Long before Nina Newell was a pediatrician and writer here in Arizona, she and her family were refugees from Vietnam. She met filmmaker Cindy Lee in a writing class, and now her story will be featured at the Phoenix Film Festival.
Apr. 10, 2024
Alex Soto, director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center, emcees the grand opening of a new space at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus.
Last Wednesday, Arizona State University held an open house at Hayden Hall on the Tempe campus to honor a new space for the Labriola National Indian Data Center.
Apr. 8, 2024
Two people stand at desk
Latinos are projected to account for 14.7%, or 36.2 million, of all eligible voter. This has led to a surge of disinformation ahead of the November election.
Apr. 8, 2024
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of the debut crime novel from an Emmy Award-winning and long-time KJZZ reporter.
Apr. 6, 2024
A Navajo state senator is calling on public schools in Arizona to give Indigenous students and staff time off to observe next week’s solar eclipse.
Apr. 5, 2024
David Hemphill
Phoenix’s Black Theatre Troupe is wrapping up its 53rd season with a revival of “Storyville,” a musical about a pivotal moment in jazz history, set in the brothels of 1917 New Orleans.
Apr. 4, 2024
a red ribbon on a denim jacket
Indian Country has long been disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. And for the first-time ever, a pair of Native Americans are co-chairing the Aunt Rita’s Foundation annual AIDS Walk in Tempe on Saturday.
Apr. 3, 2024
GCU signs on campus with palm trees behind
Grand Canyon University will host the third annual HBCU All-Star Game on Sunday, highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and expanding knowledge of them in Arizona.
Apr. 1, 2024
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This historic gathering has attracted hundreds of experts, scholars, researchers and activists to southern Arizona to establish a national standard for Indigenous data governance and help tribal communities protect their traditional knowledge.
Apr. 1, 2024
On Friday, the city of Mesa unveiled a new plaque honoring Yuma-raised civil rights activist and labor leader, Cesar Chavez. It was part of a larger Cesar Chavez Day celebration at the Eagles Community Center.
Mar. 29, 2024
The Third Annual Funky Latina Music Festival gets underway Saturday, March 30 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix.
Mar. 26, 2024
Experimental medicine doctor and patient
A recent CDC study shows that racial or ethnic groups often see negative health effects because of unmet social and economic needs. Officials say understanding how these needs affect health could lead to policy solutions and better care.
Mar. 22, 2024


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