Michael Mayo was on his way to get some new braids. He didn't know he would end up spending the next two decades in prison. Police were watching as Mayo, then in his early twenties, made his way through his north St. Louis neighborhood back in July 2001. And Mayo, a street-level drug dealer, decide ... More >>
That the St. Louis area is heavily segregated is not necessarily news. But a new study details how that segregation plays out and how racial inequality in St. Louis compares to other cities around the country. Where We Stand, a study conducted by the East West Gateway Council of Governments, found ... More >>
The Department of Justice kept a tight lid on Monday night's Ferguson town hall meetings, checking IDs at the door and kicking out non-residents and anyone who tried to videotape the conversation. Ferguson residents had mixed reactions to the meeting, some heralding it as a breakthrough in opennes ... More >>
Luke Montgomery is used to controversy. He uses it to fuel his t-shirt business FCKH8, which prints in-your-face, pro-LGBT messages (like Don't Be Hatin' on the Homos) on tees and tanks and markets them with YouTube videos (like "Top Reasons Homophobes are Full of Shit.") So when he heard people ... More >>
At the heart of discussions over the racial divide in Ferguson is the high number of tickets and warrants issued to the city's black residents. To help alleviate some of that tension, four St. Louis attorneys are asking Ferguson mayor James Knowles to grant amnesty to the thousands of nonviolent ben ... More >>
St. Louis almost got through the primary election for county executive without any huge accusations of racism. Almost. With only a week to go, it's still hard to know whom voters will support on Election Day. Can County Executive Charlie Dooley mobilize the base that's supported him for a decade an ... More >>
African-American drivers are more likely to be pulled over and searched by Missouri law enforcement, and white drivers are more likely than Hispanic or black drivers to have contraband in the car, says a new report from the Attorney General. Attorney General Chris Koster released his fourteenth ann ... More >>
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who put on an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair and delivered a performance that has sparked a national outcry, has developed a large following of online defenders from all over the country. As of last night, Gessling has added about 500 new Facebook friends on hi ... More >>
Compared to many other states in the country, Missouri has a high concentration of racist, homophobic tweets that include offensive, hateful language. And the tweeters are located all over the state. So says a neat new interactive map called the Geography of Hate, which analyzes geocoded tweets tha ... More >>
The St. Louis mayor's race is over -- but controversial commentary on the battle between Francis Slay and Lewis Reed apparently is not. Activist Percy Green sent around an op-ed he wrote to his e-mail list this week with his analysis of the primary race between the long-time incumbent and challeng ... More >>
The Washington University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is in hot water today after allegations surfaced of a pledge activity that involved photographing black students and reciting a rap with racial slurs. University administrators have officially suspended the SAE chapter and are now ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
If black candidates do not win these elections, where the odds are stacked against them, St. Louis, a city that is roughly 50 percent African American, will have no black representatives in Congress, the Missouri Senate or in the state House.
The Manhattan Institute, a conservative research foundation, released a large study this week claiming that the nation's all-black "ghettos" are dissolving and that American neighborhoods have never been so racially integrated since 1910. Using census data, the authors of the report, titled "The En ... More >>
Das Racist loves white people.Das Racist | Danny Brown | Despot The Firebird October 16, 2011 The Cardinals are going to the World Series! There's dancing in the streets of St. Louis! Or so I would imagine. I don't know for sure, because I'm in the Firebird, where Das Racist is two songs in ... More >>
Kevin T. Malone is facing several levels of embarrassment these days. A few of the (alleged) reasons: 1. As a 51-year-old man, he picked a fight with a 14-year-old boy. 2. As a 51-year-old elected official, he picked a fight with a 14-year-old boy. 3. As a 51-year-old elected official, he pi ... More >>
Today's comment comes from a post on City of Haterz, a new documentary exploring the question: Are St. Louis' blacks keeping each other down?Commenter "Dyarborough" has seen the film and believes it has a lot to teach. S/he writes:
Courtesy of Bethel Providence Christian ChurchBethel Providence Christian Church is a traditional brick building crowned by a steeple and fronted by a large cross. The interior of the chapel is equally traditional: Two tight rows of glossy wooden pews lead to a functional pulpit and altar, su ... More >>
Chapelle-Nadal: Do I sound crazy? I don't sound crazy. No, not at all.So, if you haven't heard by now, State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal earned the ire of many of her fellow elected officials on Tuesday when she compared them to "house slaves" during an interview on WGNU. Chapelle-Nadal made the ... More >>
The Anti-Defamation League yesterday released the findings of its 2009 audit on the number of anti-Semitic incidents occurring last year in the U.S. The study found a total of 1,211 acts targeting Jews -- including 29 assaults, 422 acts of vandalism and 760 incidents of harassment. Not surprising ... More >>
Add Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay to the number of folks outraged that a bar in Chicago refused to allow entry to six African-American students from Washington University. Sounds like a job for Bagg'ns.Today the the congressman asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the alle ... More >>
Curtis Faulkner wants to throw a $2 million party celebrating the end of slavery and he wants you to pay for it.
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The Globetrotters bring their incredible hoops skills to the Savvis
You may be 21, but that doesn't mean you're old enough to imbibe
Everybody wants Hazelwood Central's Kalen Grimes and St. Louis' junior class of hoopsters. But recruiting in the city is a courtship dance and a high-maintenance affair.
Behind the cosmetics counter, things weren't quite as lovely
Two plays at two Reps expose the cultural apartheid of St. Louis
A contractual snafu keeps kids from their foster and adoptive parents
The Missouri History Museum pays tribute to East St. Louis legend Miles Davis
Week of December 13, 2000
Cal DuPree's efforts to assemble a "black circus" resulted in an amazing display of color
From her small-town Baptist roots to her run for public office, Jeanette Mott Oxford has relied on her religious convictions to overcome fear and prejudice -- including her own.
St. Louis County cops earn the distrust of African-Americans
Clayton native James S. Hirsch gets to the eye of The Hurricane in a new biography of Rubin Carter
The black-and-white facts of the once-popular, now-reviled entertainment form
Dodson murder case is one for the middle of the road