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A Year in Review: Reflections and Revelations

A Year in Review: Reflections and Revelations The DUS Countdown to 2022 January 2021 – Peace: Freedom from Disturbance; Tranquility As we reflected on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, his dream of a peaceful world was at the forefront of our memories of this great...

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Portraying Nala in The Lion King is Amazing

By: Theresa Ho

Portraying Nala in The Lion King is Amazing Kayla Cyphers talks about her role as she prepares to bring it to Denver By Theresa Ho Kayla Cyphers, a Southern California native, has never experienced Colorado snow. As a cast member for Disney’s The Lion King, Cyphers has been traveling around...

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Black McDonald’s Owners Committed to Community

Black McDonald’s Owners Committed to Community Many people do not know that McDonald’s franchisees are small business owners who live and work in the metro Denver community, send their children to local schools and support their neighbors in big ways. Two of those owner/operator families in the Denver area are...

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Kwanzaa Celebrates African American Heritage, Pride and Culture

By: Allan Tellis

Kwanzaa Celebrates African American Heritage, Pride and Culture By Allan Tellis Editor’s note: This article has been revised and reprinted from the Denver Urban Spectrum December 2017 issue. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and other nations of the West African diaspora in the Americas. The...

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Colorado TV Anchors Mekialaya White and Justin Adams

By: Danielle Dascalos

Colorado TV Anchors Mekialaya White and Justin Adams Tell Us What It’s Like Being in the Rapidly Changing TV Business By Danielle Dascalos Colorado’s broadcast TV stations are changing at a rapid pace and so are the people who deliver the news. Viewers used to have to sit down in...

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Alone with Billie

By: Thomas Holt Russell

Alone with Billie By Thomas Holt Russell Thanks to a photo exhibition, a book, and a short lecture, I got a chance to know Billie Holiday more intimately. Billie Holiday could have been a good friend of mine. If space and time would have somehow made our lives cross at...

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Vaccination Rates Closely Match Population Demographics

By: Theresa Ho

Vaccination Rates Closely Match Population Demographics Missing Work Still Most Commonly Cited Reason for Vaccine Hesitancy By Theresa Ho When the COVID-19 vaccines first became available to the public, access was limited and inequitable. In late January 2021, Colorado Public Radio reported that Black Coloradans made up less than 2%...

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Paul Hamilton’s African Art Collection: Denver’s Hidden Treasure

By: Daniele Dickerson

Paul Hamilton’s African Art Collection: Denver’s Hidden Treasure By Daniele Dickerson Some moments in life render you absolutely speechless. Opening the door and walking into Paul Hamilton’s Whittier home is one of them. When you enter Hamilton’s home— beautiful, but not visually unlike the other houses on the street— your...

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Public Health Policies and COVID-related Travel Restrictions Vary Globally

By: Malcolm Quattlebaum

Public Health Policies and COVID-related Travel Restrictions Vary Globally By Malcolm Quattlebaum The traveling landscape has changed drastically since COVID-19 turned the world upside down a year and a half ago. The pandemic caused 2020 to be the worse statistical year for tourism ever. That was until the numbers for...

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Medical Professors Say Vaccines Proving Effective

By: Theresa Ho

Medical Professors Say Vaccines Proving Effective More Vaccinations Necessary to Combat Delta Variant Spread and New Variants By Theresa Ho In September, the CDC reported that 63.5% of the total U.S. population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 54.2% of the total U.S. population was...

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Determining the Future of the Park Hill Golf Course

By: Alfonzo Porter

Determining the Future of the Park Hill Golf Course November Vote Promises to Reveal Community’s Prospects By Alfonzo Porter As the November ballot draws near, efforts to determine the future of the former Park Hill Golf Course continue to intensify. Two competing groups envision vastly different uses for the 155...

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History-Making Female Senator Shares Insights

By: Angelia D. McGowan

History-Making Female Senator Shares Insights Ohio Democratic Party Force Nina Turner Headlines Emerge Colorado Event By Angelia D. McGowan “People should not be able to buy elections. But until we get there, we’ve got to deal with the world as it is as we work to make it the way...