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With his directorial debut “Black Box,” Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. effectively inserts himself among the fresh voices in film that are actively broadening the spectrum of contemporary black cinema. The psychological thriller was among a collection of horror flicks presented by the Blumehouse …

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Isadore Banks was as much of a mogul as a Black man could be in the Jim Crow South. He was rumored to have owned 1,000 acres of land in Marion, Arkansas in addition to having distinction as a World War I veteran, business owner and community leader. With a level of respect that was said to h…

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“Don’t make excuses, make it happen” is a mantra Aja Owens and Adrienne Draper live by. Collectively, Owens and Draper have published five children’s books that reflect families and children of color. These sisters credit their success as published authors, educators, and civic leaders to th…

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Lou Brock Jr. was not the only son of Lou Brock nor his first-born child, but he was the first son of the Hall of Fame ballplayer and he bears the man’s name. Perhaps that is why, when offered a chance to talk to him about his father (who passed September 6 at 81), I wanted to start by telli…

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St. Louis firefighter Don Lewis adjusted the mask he just placed on a sculpture of former St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame right fielder Enos Slaughter at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, September 3. The fire department assisted the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce in inst…

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Ebony G. Patterson was speaking by phone from her mother’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, discussing why it is so difficult to experience her complex, three-dimensional, mixed-media art work by looking at photographs of it, when she was interrupted, she said, by the sound of “a man cutting the garden.”

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Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin has opened up for Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, G-Eazy and more. He has been labeled as a Tidal Rising Artist and one of NPR’s 20 Artists to Watch in the entire world. He attributes his success to hard work, consistency and the love from St. Louis.

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Economic disparities for Black-owned businesses is an issue that protest leader, organizer and entrepreneur Ohun Ashe has addressed with her website For the Culture STL (fortheculturestl.com). The site highlights Black-owned businesses, events and services in the St. Louis region.