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Building a Legacy by Being First

By: Barry Overton

The story of America’s first Black realtor, Ben Slayton  Ben Slayton’s remarkable career in real estate spans six decades. He has set the bar for agents with his willingness to venture into uncharted territory, allowing those that follow to benefit from his courage and drive. His success is inspiring proof...

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2023 African American Who Make A Difference


Gene Fashaw, Sr. 8th Grade Math Teacher, High Point Academy Founder, Denver STEAM Initiative   The “husband and father first” is best known as a coach, tutor, and teacher who is active in the far northeast Denver community. Gene Fashaw, who was nominated for Colorado Teacher of the Year in...

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Announcing the First Black Media Initiative Bridge Project: Audience Revenue Cohort

By: Center for Community Media

Denver Urban Spectrum chosen for national ‘First Black Media Initiative’ project   Six Black-led newsrooms from across the U.S. have been selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Black Media Initiative Bridge Project: Audience Revenue. The six-month program provides technology and design support for Black publishers looking...

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The Million Man March and the January 6, 2021 Attack on the Capitol  

By: Alfonzo Porter and LaQuane Smith

A nation’s glaring hypocrisy exposed to the world  Since the founding of the nation, America has historically been a contradiction in terms. While professing in its founding documents that “all men are created equal” with equal protections under the law, millions of American citizens have not always enjoyed the country’s enormous...

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One-on-one with a Mother and an Educator

By: Brittany N. Winkfield

The impact of COVID-19 on K-12  education as experienced by Julia Rich   When the pandemic hit in 2020, the crisis tested the world’s ability to deal with large-scale disruptions on a multitude of levels, including in the classroom experiences of children and educators. KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy Principal...

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Misgendering & Mental Health

By: Lisa Marie Martinez

Today’s email signatures include them. They are on name tags at conferences. Their appropriate usage can make or break someone’s day. They are pronouns. Unfortunately, many people are still confused about the importance of using the right pronouns with family, friends and co-workers. How does the use of incorrect pronouns...