More Than You Think

5:51 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Born And Raised: Phil Betts

Phil Betts, 37, says he has made a "conscious decision to stay in the Midwest.
(via YouTube video by Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio)

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5:11 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters Heads To The Barber Shop To Recruit Volunteers

Tapers Barber Shop owner William Humphrey is opening his doors to sign up potential Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers.
Credit Erin Williams

On a search to recruit more African American male mentors to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, the organization is heading to the barber shops to find potential “bigs.”

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

St. Louis Scores A Checkmate For International Students

Inside the Chess Club and Scholastic Center on Maryland Avenue. Chess boards are linked to a computer system that is reflected on television screens, allowing for games to be watched and tracked in real time.
Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio

Young people from across the world are turning St. Louis into the premiere international location for chess. This academic year marks the first that Webster and Lindenwood Universities are spearheading new competitive programs and offering scholarships to students from around the world. Those are among the moves in recent years that has allowed the city to emerge as one of the best and brightest hubs for the complex board game’s talent.

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4:50 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Jewish-Muslim Day of Service Returns For Second Year

Roberta Gutwein, JCRC Council At-Large member, with Dalia Abu-zeid at the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry as part of last year's Jewish-Muslim Day of Service.
Courtesy Jewish Community Relations Council

Traditionally, December 25 is a day off to rest and relax. But members of the Jewish and Muslim communities in St. Louis are giving their time off to others in an interfaith day of service.

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5:25 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Area Minority High School Students 'Explore Accounting' At PricewaterhouseCoopers

The students pose for a group photo after the conclusion of their session.
Credit Courtesy of Diversity Awareness Partnership

26 students from area high schools got a taste of the corporate world, when they participated in a half-day session focused on their career future in the field of finance.  Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers partnered with nonprofit Diversity Awareness Partnership to create and present “Explore Accounting,” a program focused on introducing students of color to the industry.

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3:05 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Joel King Revisits "Real Life" In Return Of His St. Louis-Based Play

The cast of the play "Real Life," written by Joel P.E. King.
King Yella

Playwright Joel P.E. King knows a thing or two about real life.

He was born in Washington Park, Illinois as the seventh of eleven children, and watched as his community transformed from one that thrived on family and fellowship to a place of crime and fear.

The negative experiences he was aware of both as a child and an adult served as an inspiration for his aptly – titled play "Real Life."

The coming of age story centers around a young man who is conflicted between becoming a negative product of his environment versus the future that awaits him if he were to leave.

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9:26 am
Mon November 12, 2012

'The Missouri Immigrant Experience' Examines Life On Coming To America

Juan Montana photo
Juan Montana

The organization Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, or MIRA, is presenting their third annual visual exhibition “The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places” at Old North Restoration Group from November 9 – December 2.

The photography exhibition features the images of local photographers Juan Montana and Bosnia native Amela Sinijac, in addition to historical photographs provided by the Missouri Historical Society.

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Serving the Community
5:35 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

COGIC Convocation Attendees Perform Community Service In St. Louis

COGIC attendees gather to engage in a community cleanup in the Ward 4 area, located in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis
Erin Williams St. Louis Public Radio

Armed with shovels, rakes, and trash bags, attendees of the 105th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ stepped out of the convention center and into the streets today. The outreach is part of a new initiative called COGIC Cares, which was co-created by Ward 4 Alderman and COGIC elder Samuel Moore.

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12:27 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

'Souls To The Polls' Finds A Place In St. Louis

Geoff Story

There’s a new effort in St. Louis to help people get to the polls next Tuesday.

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3:11 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Are you 'in' the middle of this Venn diagram?

St. Louis is a place of movers, shakers - and dwellers. 

According to a survey conducted earlier this year by the Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Network, of the 1,200 survey participants, over a quarter are located in the 16-county metro region and were born and raised here. An additional 28% have spent their lives moving to and from the area.

For those of you who are 40 and under that were born and raised here, fit into any type of minority category,and now call the St Louis area home, we want to know – what’s your story?

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