Both initiatives demonstrate the bold, grassroots commitments of U.S. citizens acting from places of integrity, love and faith -- without government funding or backing, to support the rights of fellow citizens to live free of violence based on the color of their skin.
Missouri failed Kajieme Powell. His life was taken because for centuries, Missouri has devalued black life in countless ways. There was no better place for this movement for black lives to be born because it is one of the hardest places to achieve racial equity.
Today, the Gateway Arch is 50 years old. Its iconic silhouette is both space age and historic. The Arch amazes visitors with its beauty, but it is so ubiquitous in St. Louis that those who see it daily don't often reflect on what it symbolizes: the Gateway to the West.
More than a year has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The event sparked violent protests and almost immediately after, racial tensions surfaced throughout the U.S.
We asked local St. Louis filmmaker Aaron Phillips to create a 'Locals Only' video for his hometown. Check out this Locals Only Mini-Documentary that gets to know the 'Gateway to the West' through a local lens. And be sure to check out Aaron's local guide below.
If I were to say I was active in the Boy Scouts of America into early high school, it would no doubt conjure up certain images. They'd be wrong. No matter what they are, the images you have would all be wrong.
This past week I was privileged to be part of a meeting hosted by Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark Wrighton. The gathering of over 50 community leaders was part of Washington University's year long dedicated initiative through their Institute of Public Health on gun violence prevention.
Okay, don't hate us for bringing this up, but summer is almost over. The official final day of the season isn't till September 22, but most largely associate the end of summer Fridays, summer beach days, summer lazy days -- you name it -- with that dreaded Tuesday following Labor Day.
See what goes into making jelly beans that taste like buttered popcorn, toasted marshmallow and A&W Root Beer, and discover why it takes up to 20 days to create a single bean.
You have black friends, black family members, black co-workers, black heroes. You don't need to be told about racism or white privilege. You might think this whole movement creates more trouble than it solves. Why, you may ask, do we insist upon bringing it up time and again? Here's why.
Wesley Lowery found himself inserted into the story of Ferguson during last year's protests when he was arrested by St. Louis Country Sheriffs' officers. The young reporter speaks on how the death of Mike Brown has impacted his work and how the moment changed things for him on the ground.
The events of last night are a painful reminder that the work for both citizens and local police has only just begun.
One way to address housing discrimination is by giving low-income families, who are disproportionately low-income, more opportunities to live in communities with greater resources. The Section 8 program is an important tool in that effort, but we need to do more than hand out vouchers to the fortunate few families.
One year ago my children were touring, promoting their newly released video, The MidwestSide. Each day as they traveled by car from city to city, state to state, anxiety and grief gnawed at my heart.
Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.
The legendary Ken Shamrock, he of UFC 1 fame and half of mixed martial arts' first major rivalry, returns to action on Friday, June 19, and no one is more excited than Bellator President Scott Coker and featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire.