This month, the North Area Community Development Corporation launched the Sweet Potato Project for at-risk youth in north St. Louis County. Gut Check spoke with founder Sylvester Brown, the former Post-Dispatch columnist, about the project and, of course, where all those tasty sweet potatoes will en ... More >>
A group of St. Louis progressives this week launched ForwardSTL.net, a new website designed to inform and rally local Democrats.The site, officially unveiled last Saturday, aggregates content from local blogs and mainstream media. Adam Shriver, of St. Louis Activist Hub, is the brainchild behind ... More >>
An ass clown who doesn't tea bag? Is there such a beast? Voting wrapped up Sunday morning, and by a convincing margin Daily RFT readers chose everyone who attended last week's Tax Day Tea Party at Kiener Plaza as the biggest ass clowns of the week. Congratulations tea baggers. When it came to embarr ... More >>
Lots of candidates for Daily RFT's weekly Ass Clown award. You know the rules: Vote early, vote often and nominate your own choice in the Comments thread. Back at you later with the results. 1. David Dausman -- Former Wellston police officer charged this week with corruption by a public servant, pat ... More >>
I carried on so with that blog yesterday about Sylvester Brown's tempestuous departure from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that I completely forgot to include some information about who will replace Brown as a metro columnist.Editor Arnie Robbins told me he's not sure if the paper *will* replace Brown. ... More >>
Somebody help me out here - is there an editors' note re: erstwhile St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown in the paper today, or online?I have put in a request to chat with Editor Arnie Robbins and am waiting to hear back. In the meantime, I found a "note to readers" from Robbins and Man ... More >>
Photo: Nick LucchesiBrown had a message for management yesterday: "Be careful."St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Arnie Robbins told me this morning that ex-columnist Sylvester Brown was shown the door over "one issue only: a violation of our ethics policy."Brown, who was one of few African Americans in ... More >>
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and columnist Sylvester Brown have parted ways. We've already reported on all the messy details per Sly Brown and his editors. But what we're really interested in today is the horse race to replace Brown as the paper's next minority columnist. After all, Brown was hired t ... More >>
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown's byline has been noticeably absent from the local daily for the past two weeks. What gives?
Was I the only one scratching his head after reading yesterday's front-page story advertisement in the Post-Dispatch announcing the paper's new blog on race? Has the daily fired so many of its reporters that an announcement of a blog now constitutes front-page news? Or is that the Post-Dispatch sees ... More >>
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said the 'ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.'"Those words resonated last week after I interviewed...[whose name goes here?]."It's news quiz time, boys and ... More >>
When Unreal stumbled out of bed, picked up copy of Tuesday's Post-Dispatch and flipped to the Metro section, it took a few seconds to wrap our puny little brain around this headline: "Floyd Irons is out of prison, back to basics -- helping kids." See, last we heard, Irons -- illustrious basketball ... More >>
The Overland Police Department scrambles over eggs.
The library's where it's at!
St. Louis Public Library-Central Branch, 1301 Olive Boulevard, 314-539-0359.
We diversify our investment portfolio (hint: it involves scuba gear!), get metaphysical and bump into one of the strangest Bargain Box items yet. Plus: What's Buggin' Sly Brown?
Unreal spills the beans
Unreal gawks at a prominent piece of public art and spends quality time with a pronoun; plus, we (neatly) gorge ourselves on chicken wings and wash it all down with a malternative
Unreal dabbles in espionage and gets motivated with Ed McMahon; plus, breaking news from the Department of Not Quite Getting It
Sylvester Brown, Jr.
A monument to an African-American symbol of U.S. independence? Don J. Smith asks (but not very politely): Why not?
Bread & Roses means art for justice
As Senate rivals Ashcroft and Carnahan sling mud, gubernatorial contestants Talent and Holden gather dust
Take Five lives up to its name, garnering five awards in the Excellence in Journalism competition put on by the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists