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Kayden Phoenix
Until recently, minorities have been underrepresented in the comic book world, and the burden to create these characters and their narratives has often fallen to smaller, independent producers of comics and graphic novels. Kayden Phoenix is not just occupying that space — she is blowing it up.
Jan. 26, 2022
Deb Haaland
There are hundreds of federal land units that use names considered to be derogatory to Native Americans and Indigenous people. Not much movement has occurred to permanently change them until Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead the department, made it a higher priority.
Jan. 20, 2022
Tulsa Race Massacre refugee camp
The history of the U.S. is riddled with incidents of racial injustice, which continue today. One of the worst events, and one that was widely unknown beyond its region until recently, is known as the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.
Jan. 19, 2022
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz of Scottsdale's Beit Midrash Jewish Learning Center
A hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, over the weekend renewed Jewish fears of increasing antisemitic sentiment in the U.S. and the danger that may pose to members of the Jewish community.
Jan. 18, 2022
Lara Bazelon and Jason Riley
Systemic racism is a term that has become a more common part of the vernacular in the past couple of years, and the phrase is applied to many of the nation's traditional institutions — including government, law enforcement, education and business.
Jan. 18, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.
People from across the Valley marched in downtown Phoenix on Monday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march comes at a time when passing national voting legislation is stymied by the U.S. Senate and as the state Legislature considers new voting restriction
Jan. 17, 2022
Eastlake Park civil rights memorial in Phoenix
On a day designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the city of Phoenix added history to a civil rights memorial. In 1997, the Civil Rights Memorial at Eastlake Park was created as a public art project to reflect a decade-by-decade history of the civil rights movement in the United States and Arizona
Jan. 17, 2022
A house for sale in north Glendale
American cities have been divided by race for generations. And ASU associate professor Rashad Shabazz argues it wasn’t accidental, and that its implications are vast.
Jan. 11, 2022
Sherman and Sha Lester Deeply Rooted Ranch & Homestead
When Tucson writer Adiba Nelson noticed two different Instagram accounts devoted to documenting the lives and work of Black farmers and ranchers in southern Arizona, she knew she was onto something.
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Jan. 4, 2022
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is founding director of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School. She has taught at other universities as well, and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — becoming just the third woman and first Black person to hold that position.
Dec. 29, 2021
Arts enthusiasts in Arizona now have one of their own distinguished advocates in the nation’s top spot as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts as ASU professor Maria Rosario Jackson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday.
Dec. 20, 2021
Chandler High School
The Chandler Unified School District’s governing board recently approved two new high school electives focused on African American and Mexican American history.
Dec. 15, 2021
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, 2021
Saying her reputation has been damaged, Senate staffer Talonya Adams is taking the first steps Thursday to suing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs.
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Dec. 9, 2021
Jenny Lee University of Arizona
In 2018, the DOJ activated the China Initiative — an effort to combat the theft of intellectual property, economic espionage, hacking and trade-secret theft. But communities of Asian and non-Asian researchers and scientists have noted that this initiative has had a negative effect on both commercial and academic STEM institutions.
Dec. 7, 2021
Alma Hernandez
Dec. 3 marks the sixth night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. But there are lots of ways different families celebrate. The Show caught up with state Rep. Alma Hernandez of Tucson to talk about her family’s traditions.
Dec. 3, 2021
student looking at a molecule model
There is a huge gap in the U.S. education system when it comes to who has the opportunity to take a full range of math and science classes. That gap is probably most obvious for Native American students, and it deeply affects who is making strides in STEM education and related careers.
Nov. 17, 2021
John McWhorter Woke Racism
The anti-racist movement is aimed at having people take a more active role in calling out and preventing racism. But author and Columbia University professor John McWhorter has expressed unhappiness with that and similar movements.
Nov. 17, 2021
A new investigation from the Arizona Republic finds cannabis convictions in the state disproportionately impact people of color, and that their first conviction on a pot charge often led to other charges, once they were released from prison.
Nov. 17, 2021
Katie Hobbs
A federal judge Tuesday denied a bid by the Senate to overturn a $2.75 million discrimination award against the Senate, leaving Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and state Democrats scrambling to blunt the effects of the verdict on her gubernatorial ambitions.
Nov. 16, 2021


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