More Than You Think

More Than You Think is an on air and online series exploring how diverse residents of the St. Louis region are linked together in a capacity that goes past race – whether it be religion, gender, sexual orientation, civic group, or neighborhood.

By exploring these linkages, we hope to shed light on regional race matters, news developments, and ongoing issues related to diversity and culture in the community.


1:48 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

"The Poetry of Me" Encourages Self-Exploration And Expression Through Verse

Erin Williams

The intimate crowd was invited to share their thoughts on race and personal identity through spoken word. Guests wrote their six-word stories on the subject using cards from Michele Norris’ The Race Card Project

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5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Chess Star On The Rise: 12 Year Old Diamond Shakoor Climbs The Ranks Of The Game

Shakoor sets up a chess board while her father, Abdul, talks with a group of young women who have stayed after school to learn chess. The Shakoors have instructed students at Gateway Elementary over the course of the school year.
Erin Willams

At the age of seven, it’s safe to say that most kids want to be just like their parents – walk like them, act like them, work like them. For Diamond Shakoor, that meant being intrigued by her dad Abdul, who at the time was teaching older kids on how to play chess. “I asked him one day if I could play and he was like ‘Sure, if you stop getting in trouble in school.’ And so that’s how the journey started," she says. 

Teach her he did, and now, after playing in nearly 250 tournaments, she’s unstoppable.

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3:25 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

"Allowing The Choir To Paint:" Artist Grace McCammond And The Boys And Girls Club Create A New Mural

A student uses a mock-up of the chess mural as a guide to trace on the building. The mural will be complete by the end of May.
Erin Williams

With signs in neon lights, fire hydrants that resemble anything but, and murals and metal sculptures abound, it’s a safe bet to say that The Grove neighborhood is one that thrives heavily on appearance. Much of its open and colorful aesthetic can be attributed to Grace McCammond, an artist who has been creating murals and adding color to fire hydrants and signal boxes in the neighborhood for the past nine years.

“If it holds still pretty much I’ll paint it,” she says.

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5:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

New Movie 'Lake Windfall' Seeks To Entertain, Educate About Deaf Culture

The movie 'Lake Windfall' from Rustic Lantern Films centers on five friends who embark on a camping trip that turns disastrous. Of the five actors, three are deaf. Alexander Laferriere acts as Drew who is a CODA, or "child of deaf adults."
Courtes of Tony Nitko/Rustic Lantern Films

Local production company Rustic Lantern Films has recently released their debut movie called "Lake Windfall," about five friends on a camping trip that turns disastrous. 

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5:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

St. Louis Rapper Tef Poe Uses Talent To Create Conversation About Hometown

24 year old rapper Tef Poe is making his mark nationwide as a rapper and artist in the city of St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

If you don’t know who St. Louis rapper Tef Poe is, then there’s a good chance you haven’t been spending enough time in the digital world. Through his thoughts and lyrics he is trying to shape the way that people think about the politics and daily life of what occurs in the city from his perspective.

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5:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

McKinley High Students Oppose NRA Proposals For Guns In Schools

Miguel Plancarte, founding president of the Gay Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy stands at right with his fellow students. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network held a press conference today in opposition to the NRA's proposed measures to combat gun violence in schools.
Credit Erin Wiliams

The Gay-Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy held a press conference today in opposition of 

the NRA's proposal to train and arm at least one staff member in every school in the U.S. Released today, the report from the NRA's newly-formed National School Shield Taskforce recommends weapons training programs for school resource officers and personnel, and for states to adopt a new law that will allow additional personnel to bear arms.

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12:59 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Perspective On Black Men Seen In Exhibit At Missouri History Museum

Visitors to the "Question Bridge" exhibit observe the unscripted video dialogue between the subjects. The exhibit will be on view until April 20.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri History Museum

Every day it is a natural inclination for humans to have a question and seek an answer for it.

Some questions might come across as trivial and silly, and others may dig deeper into one’s life and purpose. And some may help to unify and unfurl decades of preconceived notions.

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Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Artist Manuel Hughes Reflects On His African American Experience In St. Louis

Hughes at the exhibit opening, March 8, 2013.
Erin Williams

If it’s a true statement that art imitates life, then Manuel Hughes is living proof of that.

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1:08 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Old North Grocery Co-Op In Need Of Volunteers For Store's Survival

The Old North Co-op carries a variety of food and dry goods from centrally located vendors. The grocery store is currently trying to figure out how to make their funds last.
Credit Erin Williams

After only two years of doing business in north St. Louis, the grocery store known as the Old North Grocery Co-Op may soon close down.

Store manager Jill Whitmann says re-vamping the co-op’s business model to rely primarily on volunteers will help shore up more funds before the end of May, when the budget will tighten.

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4:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Still Resonates With Survivor Nearly 50 Years Later

Congress of Racial Equality and members of the All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C. march in memory of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victims. The banner, which says “No more Birminghams”, shows a picture of the aftermath of th

On Sunday, September 15, 1963, a 14-year old Carolyn McKinstry witnessed an event that would change her life forever – the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The incident killed Carolyn's four friends - and would become an recurring topic of conversation and lasting mark on America's history to this day.

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