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LĂ©opoldine Doualla-Bell Takes Flight in the Midst of History

By: Angelia D. McGowan

World’s First Black Flight Attendant Flew on Flights of Airlines Certified as Members of the International Air Transport Association. By Angelia D. McGowan She chose to fly. Léopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith was born in Cameroon which was the part of a German territory acquired by France after the allied victors of World War I divided the German colony known as Kameroun in Central Africa. A princess of the royal Douala family, she was offered after school employment in her home town as a ground hostess by the Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) Airline that served France’s African routes along with Air France for two years. Having graduated...

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Me & The Dream Student Essay Winners

As part of the Me & The Dream Exhibit and program, presented by Denver Urban Spectrum last month at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, a student essay contest was held. Students who entered the contest were required to address the issue their proposed invention would resolve and how it would...

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SuCh Goodness, Beauty and Realness

By: Misti Aas

On February 15, music lovers and fans gathered at Jazz at Jack’s for the Valentine’s extravaganza Up Close and Personal event featuring Ron Ivory, Freddi Gowdy and Robert Johnson. The crowd was treated to a sweet and soulful performance from these inspiring entertainers, while learning what makes these three fine...

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Cast Announced for Motown The Musical

Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy announced the complete cast for the first national tour of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL which plays the Buell Theatre March 31-April 19. Clifton Oliver and Allison Semmes will star in the leading roles of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.  Portraying groundbreaking Motown artists,...

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Aurora road rage accident leads to attempted homicide charge

By: The Denver Post

Aurora Police said Sunday that they are still sorting out charges after a road rage accident involving a automobile and motorcycle on Interstate 225.

Male seriously injured in Denver shooting

By: Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

A man was hospitalized following a shooting early Sunday morning in East Denver, police say.

One dead in Denver crash

By: Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post

One person was killed early Sunday morning after a car careened off a Denver street and into a building, according to police.

One of two Facebook stabbing suspects surrenders to police

By: David Olinger
The Denver Post

One of two suspects reportedly involved in the stabbing of a Longmont man over a Facebook posting surrendered Saturday evening in Aurora.


Famed New York roller coaster strands riders on opening day

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of people celebrating opening day with a free roller coaster ride at New York's Coney Island amusement park on Sunday were forced to walk down the steep ride when its cars got stuck near the summit, police said.

Pennsylvania girl, 4, rides bus alone in search of slushie, shocks passengers

(Reuters) - A 4-year-old Pennsylvania girl surprised a driver and passengers when she boarded a public bus alone in the middle of the night on a quest for a sugary slushy, transportation officials said on Sunday.

Indiana governor: 'absolutely not' a mistake to sign religious freedom bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was "absolutely not" a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.

KarmaLoop CEO Denies Dame Dash Kanye Take-Over

By: Jacky Jasper

A video posted by @duskopoppington on Mar 26, 2015 at 2:59pm PDT A few days ago, Dame Dash and Kanye West took to Instagram to announce their joint purchase of e-tailer, Karmloop. Appearently, no one...

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Utility found 'hazardous situation' in gas link before New York blast

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday.

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people.


Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA (Reuters) - Voting in Nigeria's tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by shootings.

French PM says far-right gains show lasting upheaval of politics

PARIS (Reuters) - The French far-right National Front's gains in local elections on Sunday are a sign of lasting upheaval in the French political landscape, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.

Egypt lists top Brotherhood leader, 17 others as terrorists: state media

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has listed the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 17 other top members of the group as terrorists, state media said on Sunday, part of a sustained crackdown by the authorities on Islamists.

Sarkozy leads French local election, far-right makes voting gains: exit poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party and its allies led in the second and final round of French local elections on Sunday, a BFMTV exit poll by pollsters CSA showed.

Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes: Saudi official

PESHAWAR (Reuters) - Pakistan evacuated about 500 of its nationals by plane from Yemen on Sunday during a brief pause in air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition against Shi'ite Muslim Houthi forces, a Saudi military spokesman said.

Enemy fire, booby-traps delay Iraqi forces' advance in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces battled Islamic State militants in central Tikrit on Sunday as the United States and its allies provided aerial support and local officials warned that the battle to retake the Sunni Muslim city would not be quick.

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Publisher Rosalind “Bee” Harris Named Among Most Powerful Women in Denver Denver, Colo.– The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) will honor Rosalind "Bee" Harris, publisher and art director of the Denver Urban Spectrum, as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver. Harris is among 25 women...

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Denver Urban Spectrum Wins Two CABJ SIE Awards

Last month at the annual Colorado Association of Black Journalists awards banquet, the Denver Urban Spectrum walked away with two Scribes In Excellence awards.  New column DUS Blowing Smoke which explores the realities of the Cannabis industry by Wanda James received the Best in Series award and Angelia McGowan tied...