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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 is set to release a live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” in 2023. The movie will star Halle Bailey as Ariel. Bailey is Black, and several parents of Black girls posted on social media about their daughters’ excited reactions to the movie’s trailer.
Dec. 13, 2022
Coming up on this Season 8-ender of Word, we go on a show bender with highlights spanning the entire run-of-show from where it started on the island of Guam in 2016 until now.
Dec. 11, 2022
Illustration of Zonawood, a Hollywood sign on South Mountain over a view of downtown Phoenix
Arizona has a rich history of film and TV production from iconic westerns to famous horror movies—and even music videos. New tax incentives set to kick in next year promise to help expand on the history of filming in Arizona by securing the future of the state as a destination for the movie and TV industry outside of LA.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 6, 2022
Phoenix Pride 2018
Chandler City Council has passed a non-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits businesses from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, or age, among other criteria.
Dec. 6, 2022
Justin Lund
A lucky class of students at Northern Arizona University is taking an anthropology course through an interesting lens: "Star Trek." Postdoctoral scholar Justin Lund proposed the new class — called the Anthropology of Star Trek — expecting incredulous faces, but was met with nothing but enthusiasm from NAU faculty.
Dec. 6, 2022
On this penultimate episode of Word for 2022, a local creative peppers the episode with perseverance, imagination, elevation and empowerment while asking the question: “Who do we owe?”
Dec. 4, 2022
LDS Mormon Temple Salt Lake City
For the past several decades, there’s been a trend of Latinos leaving the Catholic Church. And there's a growing number who are joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nov. 30, 2022
francisco pedraza
It appears as though it’s a matter of when, not if, Latinos will overtake white Arizonans as the state’s biggest demographic group.
Nov. 17, 2022
Luis Reyes Viva Hollywood
“Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film” by Luis Reyes is an extensive history of Latino celebrities, producers, make-up artists and more — and their influence over the last century of American moviemaking.
Nov. 16, 2022
Film reel
Film buffs in the Valley have an opportunity to explore cinema from a small Eastern European country both in a theater this weekend and online. The second-annual Arizona Romanian Film Festival is now showing in Tempe.
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Nov. 15, 2022


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