Many have noted that at Michael Brown rallies, like the one convened by the NAACP on Monday evening, the crowd that arrives to speak about nonviolence and collaboration is older and predominantly female. That might have also been the case last night at the Greater St. Mark's Family Church, where Rev ... More >>
The Murchison Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Normandy was built to sit 600, and it overflowed yesterday evening during an NAACP-led press conference that seemed to alternate between righteous hope and fever-pitch anger. "We're talking about somebody's son, we're talking about th ... More >>
By Travis Cohen The bands that last, they're the exceptions to the rule. The Geto Boys are that kind of long-lasting, exceptional group. And after 24 years, they're still going strong and they're headed to St. Louis this Sunday to perform at the Coliseum Music Lounge. See Also: Ask Willie D - RFT ... More >>
It's been four days since the controversial performance of a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown dressed as Obama -- but the condemning statements and the calls for investigations continue to roll in. Yesterday, we reported that Mark Ficken, the announcer during the stunt who alleges he was not behind ... More >>
Across Missouri, as we reported last month, black and Hispanic drivers face a disproportionate number of police stops. The city of Springfield, new data shows, is apparently no exception. A report released yesterday by Springfield's police chief, Paul Williams, shows that African Americans in the ... More >>
If you like your music blog experiences to be timely and relevant, I suggest you stop reading now. This piece is neither. It concerns a book from five years ago that's as inconsequential now as the day it was published. This book hasn't dropped a track on Soundcloud, and it's not in a Twitter fight ... More >>
All right, Missourians! What should we do about "local control" of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, also known as Proposition A?Advocates of the measure insist that the current system of oversight -- under which the cops ultimately answer to a board appointed by the governor -- is a sha ... More >>
John H. TuckerIn the early morning hours of March 11, 2010, a Hazelwood couple noticed a strange figure from the back window of their apartment. It seemed to be perched on the jungle gym of Little White Birch Park. But at some point, it became clear they were looking at a body. A dead body, s ... More >>
Peter Kinder is making his first public appearance in St. Louis this weekend -- but we expect he'll be avoiding Verlin's (and the entire Metro East).Embattled Lt. Governor Peter Kinder -- suddenly more famous for his brief appearance at a bar known for its pantsless parties and alleged wooing of ... More >>
Earlier this week, Gavin DeGraw was hospitalized after he was attacked during a walk home from his club in New York City, and, while staggering away, bleeding, was hit by a taxi cab. He canceled several upcoming shows, and for that we don't blame him at all. But on the grand scale, where King ... More >>
It's me, McLovin. Can I vote now, please?Frankly, we here at Daily RFT are a little disappointed. We'd expected something juicier.Usually when Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature rolls out a proposed constitutional amendment, it's something outrageously bigoted. Something that they hope ... More >>
Kinder: Tweets gone wild.As you may be aware, the NAACP came out this week with a report connecting the Tea Party to fringe racist movements. As you can imagine, the Tea Party rejects the racist allegations. Now, one of Missouri's biggest Tea Party cheerleaders, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, is turning ... More >>
An officer with a local union has been booted from a federally-funded work site -- for passing out KKK propaganda on the job.Recruiting for the KKK can get you fired.The man, an officer with the Local 53 chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America, has not been named. But Adolphu ... More >>
This week's Riverfront Times explores our city's literary history. Check back throughout the week for online-only maps and articles supplementing this week's cover story. Let's not forget the east side. Library of CongressW.E.B. DuBoisAfter the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, the NAACP ... More >>
A board member for a local union has been distributing promotional material for the KKK on a St. Louis County job site, officials with the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP alleged this morning.One T-shirt featured on www.kkk.comAdolphus Pruitt, the NAACP's vice chair for legal redress, tell ... More >>
The Post-Dispatch has an interesting piece today about the local NAACP backing St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch in his desire to consolidate some of the county's 65 policing agencies. In a public letter this week the civil rights group stated:
The Economic Policy Institute yesterday released a study looking at unemployment rates by race in America. The institute ranked St. Louis as having the third-highest unemployment rate for African-Americans with 17.3 percent of local black residents without work in 2009 compared to 8.4 percent of ... More >>
Image sourceThe power of Christ compels you!Last week the city's homicide count eclipsed the half-century mark. This week multiple random acts of violence and a Wild West-style shootout struck St. Louis County. It's enough to make a God-fearing man throw up his hands and say, "Heaven help us."Unf ... More >>
move-on-up.orgChris ArpsThe St. Louis Area Young Republicans are hosting their April meeting tonight with guest speaker Chris Arps. Arps was also the guest speaker a couple weeks back out in west county when the Wild Horse Township Republicans invited him to speak to their group. So who is Arps a ... More >>
A 24-year-old woman from Kennett, Missouri, is slated to go on trial tomorrow for alleged crimes stemming from a bizarre-o incident at Wal-mart more than two years ago. The Associated Press reports that Heather Ellis faces fifteen years behind bars for assaulting police officers and resisting a ... More >>
Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bryan Burwell lays out a convincing argument today why the Rams and the NFL should steer clear of Rush Limbaugh -- who stated Monday that he wants to buy the St. Louis football team. Among Burwell's arguments are these quotes that the columnist attributes direc ... More >>
Kenneth GladneyShhh! Don't tell Kenneth Gladney's attorney -- David Brown -- the news. He and his client are likely to get so angry they might hold a protest right outside the doors of the Riverfront Times. But, hey, it's not our fault. Like our favorite television network, all we do is report th ... More >>
So many Ass Clowns this week. So little time. You know how to play: Vote for the local newsmaker you think made the biggest idiot of themselves this week. And the nominees...1. Kenneth Gladney: Gladney is the man whose attorney David Brown says was selling flags at a health care forum last month ... More >>
What's wrong with some surname pride?
Why didn't the Cardinals skipper take more heat for his DUI?
Joe thinks so.
A St. Louis civil-rights pioneer vanished without a trace almost 70 years ago. Now, the NAACP wants the feds to find him.
On December 8, 1941, America entered World War II. Thousands of young men rushed to enlist and join the war effort even blacks, who were living in what was essentially a separate America, with fewer rights and little representation in the government. Their desire to serve a country that would ... More >>
Week of January 11, 2007
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Week of April 13, 2006
And civil rights
The Roberts brothers fight to bring back life to north St. Louis
St. Louisans, take some civic pride in Nelly-sanctioned model searches, fire-loving artists, Vespa-ridin' cops and one really underwhelming presidential campaign
South Carolina's favorite Missourian blesses the Bush
Fresh from alienating black voters over the Ronnie White fiasco, will Sen. John Ashcroft take on Catholics in his drive to defeat Senate rival Gov. Mel Carnahan?
The appointment of a senior executive of the discrimination-claim-plagued Adam's Mark chain to a leadership position in the St. Louis County NAACP stirs outrage
Why a "yes" vote on Tuesday is more important than you might think
City schools face an uncertain future -- a crucial court settlement, a Feb. 2 sales-tax vote, a teachers' union opposed to the tax, accreditation tests this spring and the prospect of a state takeover. It could be a school year from hell.