Black History Month

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Sonya Sheptunov

Assistant Phoenix fire chief a mentor, educator for Black firefighters

Tim Gammage, an assistant chief with the Phoenix Fire Department, believes there is a high level importance of mentorship and Black history.
1 year ago

Chandler adds Juneteenth as paid holiday for city employees

The East Valley suburb of Chandler has joined the growing list of Phoenix-area communities recognizing Juneteenth as a city holiday.
2 years ago
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Brandon King

Opera singer’s role in Arizona production opening doors for Black voices

Terrence Chin-Loy will play the role of Henrik when Arizona Opera's production of Stephen Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music" opens on Friday, one of the first times the character will be portrayed by a Black performer.
2 years ago
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Luke Forstner

ASU report details why racial inequities in home ownership continues

Recent census data shows African Americans own homes at a smaller percentage than white Americans, a continuation of years of housing discrimination.
2 years ago
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Avondale joins growing list of Valley cities designating paid Juneteenth holiday

The Avondale City Council voted unanimously to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday and to extend paid leave to municipal workers for the day.
2 years ago
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Taylor Kinnerup

Valley Black businesswomen share journey to loving their natural hair

Two Black businesswomen in the Valley say in recent years they embarked on a journey to accept, nurture and love their natural curls.
2 years ago
Associated Press

Inside a special Black History Month rite at ‘The Lion King’

During February, a special ritual takes place backstage at "The Lion King" musical on Broadway.
2 years ago
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Griselda Zetino

Black mothers in Phoenix create microschools to provide alternative learning

Five years ago, a group of African American women in Phoenix called the Black Mothers Forum came together because they wanted to create a safe and supportive learning environment for their children
2 years ago
Associated Press

Black innovators who reshaped American gardening, farming

Many agricultural practices, innovations and foods that traveled with enslaved people from West Africa -- or were developed by their descendants -- remain unsung, despite having revolutionized the way we eat, farm and garden.
2 years ago
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Colton Krolak

Woman honors Black impactful figures with 28 murals around Phoenix

A woman is trying to educate people about Black impactful figures with 28 murals painted across Phoenix, one for each day of Black History Month.
2 years ago
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Taylor Tasler

Black community’s distrust of medical field stems from years of mistreatment, ASU professor says

The COVID-19 pandemic pointed out many holes in the medical field, but one issue that came to light was the distrust the Black community had in the system.
2 years ago
Associated Press

TCM’s Jacqueline Stewart puts Black film history in focus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart makes a rich contribution to TCM for Black History Month, leading discussions about “Selma” with its star, David Oyelowo, and highlighting the work of Oscar Micheaux and other pioneering filmmakers. The result is both celebratory and thought-provoking. “Our programing runs all the way from the 1920s to […]
2 years ago
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Black members of Biden’s Cabinet mark Black History Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — The six Black members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet on Thursday celebrated Black History Month by discussing their roles, some of which are historic firsts. Actor Taraji P. Henson and athletes Sloane Stephens and Nneka Ogwumike also took part in a separate discussion on the importance of mental health and wellness among […]
2 years ago
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Jim Cross

Economic adviser expects impact of Black-owned businesses to grow in Arizona

An Arizona economic policy adviser expects black-owned businesses to have bigger impact on the state's economy in the coming years.
2 years ago
Associated Press

TV marks Black History Month with provocative, creative fare

LOS ANGELES (AP) — How U.S. history is told and taught is being challenged and potentially constricted on several fronts, but television’s approach to Black History Month is firmly in overdrive. There’s a wealth of provocative and creative Black-focused programs in February, looking deep into the past to examine topics such as the roots of […]
2 years ago
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Phoenix City Council creates annual holiday to celebrate Juneteenth

The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday, the second day of Black History Month, voted to make Juneteenth an annual municipal holiday.
2 years ago