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pardis mahdavi
Pardis Mahdavi, dean of social sciences at ASU, has spent her career studying underground movements. In her essay, “The Proud Boys Can’t Own the Underground: Here’s Why,” she argues that the space long held by minorities and women should not belong to far right, violent groups.
Mar. 9, 2021
The Cady Lumber Company store
History buffs likely have heard of “The Great Migration” of African Americans from the Jim Crow South into the Northeast and Midwest between 1916 and 1970. But many aren’t aware that migration also included Arizona and the West.
More Arizona History Stories
Feb. 22, 2021
A new anthology project is seeking personal essays by Black Arizonans. "Indiscernibles" is part of an attempt to tell a largely unknown story about "The Great Migration," when millions of Blacks left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Feb. 5, 2021
A protest sign that says "Being Black Isn't A Choice, Wearing A Badge Is"
Anyone who believed the U.S. was moving toward what some have called a post-racial society has been forced to rethink that over the past four years.
Jan. 26, 2021
U.S. Capitol after January 6 attack
As events unfolded at the U.S. Capitol last week, many were perplexed and angered by the seeming lack of police response, especially in comparison to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
Jan. 11, 2021
Tenecia Phillips Pima County Main Library
One Saturday morning, a mother and father take their daughter to the public library for the first time. The young girl walks around her parents to look at the librarian at the front desk, gazing at another Black person in a public space that’s usually occupied by white people.
Dec. 25, 2020
Dr. Arlene Kennedy
The Balsz Elementary School District in Phoenix will be the first in Arizona to use the New York Times' "The 1619 Project" — which commemorates the 400th anniversary of slavery in the U.S. and its role in shaping the country — in its classrooms
Dec. 23, 2020
Ada Martin
This month, The Show is bringing you “Eating Christmas” — a typically live storytelling event that has had to adapt, like so much in life, to COVID-19. Ada Martin is a mother to two kids, a wife, an activist and a local writer. She shared her “Eating Christmas” essay: “Holiday Night Sweats."
Dec. 17, 2020
baseball in the grass
One hundred years after its founding, the Negro Leagues have been officially reclassified as part of Major League Baseball. For more about the significance of the move, The Show spoke with Scott Bush, the chief executive officer of the Society for American Baseball Research, which is based in Phoenix.
Dec. 17, 2020
earyn mcgee
University of Arizona Ph.D. student Earyn McGee is an up-and-coming star on Twitter and Instagram. McGee is studying lizards and their diets in Tucson. But she’s actually made social media part of her dissertation.
Dec. 11, 2020
As expectations are growing that COVID-19 vaccines will be available sometime next month and could be given to the general public by next spring, some are worried about how quickly the vaccines will make it to underserved communities.
Nov. 30, 2020
Protesters and Phoenix police officers during a protest.
Protests across the country related to police behavior and treatment of people of color have been common since the killing of George Floyd in the summer. Last month near downtown Phoenix, a group was carrying out a protest march. Fifteen of those protesters are now facing charges that typically are filed against street gangs.
Nov. 17, 2020
karen kuo
It might seem like a year ago with the election in between, but, just last week, a viral video out of Scottsdale highlighted the racial divide that can happen between minority groups. It brought to light what Karen Kuo calls “interracial racism” and the long, complicated history of racial tensions between Asian Americans and Black Americans.
Nov. 5, 2020
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is revising its use-of-force policy as it’s been decades since the procedures have been updated. Citing the killing of George Floyd, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in a promotional video the new policy will meet new community expectations.
Oct. 25, 2020
Prescott, Arizona sign
John D’Anna of the Arizona Republic has reported recently about racial tension in Prescott and how it’s dividing a community that likes to call itself "Everybody’s Hometown." His latest story focuses on an early September afternoon, when an 18-year-old young woman tried to organize a small Black Lives Matter event near the city’s courthouse square.
Oct. 21, 2020
Jewell Parker Rhodes Ghost Boys
A 2018 young adult novel about a Black child shot by police is getting renewed attention today, as protests over racial injustice and police misconduct continue. In the book, "Ghost Boys," a 12-year old boy is shot by police and, as a ghost, sees what happens in and to his community in the aftermath of that shooting.
Oct. 20, 2020
Phoenix Police riot gear protest
Seven people were arrested at a demonstration in downtown Phoenix over the weekend. Hundreds of people attended a march for Breonna Taylor and Dion Johnson on Saturday.
Oct. 4, 2020
Kavitha Davidson Jessica Luther Loving Sports
Authors Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson write about the complications between fans and players and the broader culture in their new book, "Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan."
Sep. 30, 2020
Donna Patterson
The pandemic has widened gaps that have long existed in our communities. Extensive reporting has revealed disparities in who has lost jobs, homes, access to health care and more. The 19th, the nonprofit newsroom, found that women have been hit hardest by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. More than 800,000 women have already lost their public sector jobs, for example, and more will follow. Many of those are women of color.
Sep. 28, 2020
Reginald Bolding
In response to the decision not to charge the officer who shot and killed Dion Johnson, State Rep. Reginald Bolding said, "We must continue to seek legislative changes to ensure this type of violence is not allowed to continue unchecked."
Sep. 25, 2020


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