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Africa Meets Aurora through Afrikmall

By: Charles Emmons

Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial strip in the United States.  Its eastern route spans two cities, Denver and Aurora. In its prime, East Colfax Avenue was a bustling commercial district with automobile dealerships, motels for travelers and independent businesses, but as suburbs and shopping malls developed, these types of main streets fell out of favor with the new growing communities. Aurora has grown significantly, and is now Colorado’s second most populated city. Much of this growth is attributed to the increase in immigrants eager to be successful in a new home. The African immigrant population has increased over the last 10 years. With the grand opening...

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Colorado Black Arts Festival is Rock Steady at 29 and Counting…

By: Angelia D. McGowan

Dana Manyothane was in high school when her uncles, Perry Ayers and Oye Oginga, created the Colorado Black Arts Festival 29 years ago. It was a family affair. Her mother, Florence Ayers, helped. Manyothane even helped to coordinate some of the performance stages in the early years. She eventually left...

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Human Sex Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery and Our Children are Vulnerable.

By: Natacha Gutierrez and Jessica Jackson- Barrows

Imagine your 14 year old daughter Janice is hanging out at the mall. An attractive 17 year old man named Paul approaches her. He tells her that she is beautiful and that she is special. He gets her number and tells her they should hang out some time. Paul calls...

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Webbs honored for their political and love story

By: DUS Staff

Curious Theatre raises thousands with one-night play The love story of Wellington and Wilma Webb and their partnership in Denver politics played out in front of a sold-out crowd and raised money for the Curious Theatre on June 3. The yearly fundraiser, called Denver Stories, celebrated its 10th anniversary with...

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Golden reschedules Fourth of July fireworks for Dec. 4

By: Josie Klemaier
YourHub Reporter

For American retailers, there is Christmas in July, and now for the city of Golden, there will be July Fourth in December.

Blaze at abandoned Brighton greenhouse ruled intentionally set

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Fire officials have ruled a fire that consumed an abandoned greenhouse near Brighton on Tuesday evening was intentionally set.

Boulder wildlife rehab center helping hummingbird grounded by broken wing

By: The Denver Post

A Boulder wildlife rehabilitation organization is helping to heal a tiny black-chinned hummingbird grounded by a fractured right wing.

Denver DA charges man with tampering for handing out jury nullification flyers

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Denver prosecutors have charged a man with seven counts of jury tampering after they say he tried to influence jurors by passing out literature on jury nullification on Monday.


Texas county where incarcerated woman died cited by jail monitor

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas county where a black woman died in an apparent jail suicide that garnered national attention had been cited by a state monitor for not doing enough to keep an eye on inmates and properly filling out intake forms, an official said on Thursday.

Father of Ohio child found decomposed in crib held on $1 million bond

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio judge ordered a father held on a $1 million bond Thursday after a cable installer discovered the badly decomposed body of a young child in a crib at his apartment and notified authorities, the Medina Police Department said.

Tennessee man arrested near Capitol faces gun charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Tennessee man driving a truck loaded with guns, ammunition and a propane tank faces charges in the U.S. capital after asking police for directions to the White House, according to court documents.

Illinois college to drop health coverage over contraception mandate

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An evangelical Christian college in Illinois will stop providing health insurance to students on Friday because of its objection to the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptive coverage, a legal group representing the school said on Thursday.

NYC woman accused of toting dead baby in bag indicted for murder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An 18-year-old New York woman was indicted on murder charges on Thursday, two years after a retail store security guard found her carrying a dead newborn baby in a shopping bag, prosecutors said.

Three injured when American Airlines plane evacuated in Texas

DALLAS (Reuters) - Three people were injured when an American Airlines flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was evacuated on Thursday before takeoff because of smoke in the cabin, the airline said.

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Scioli maintains lead in Argentina presidential race -poll

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Daniel Scioli, the ruling party's candidate in Argentina's presidential election, maintained his lead over his more business-friendly rival in July, excerpts of a poll published on Thursday showed.

U.S. imposes more Russian and Ukrainian sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed further Russia and Ukraine-related sanctions on Thursday, adding associates of a billionaire Russian gas trader, Crimean port operators and former Ukrainian officials to its list of those it is penalizing in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Venezuela troops occupy Polar food distribution warehouses

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops occupied a Caracas warehouse complex used by local food giant Empresas Polar and Nestle to distribute food and beverages, workers and company officials said on Thursday.

Chad says killed 117 Boko Haram fighters in two-week campaign

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad said on Thursday its forces had killed 117 Boko Haram insurgents during a two-week military campaign aimed at clearing islands on Lake Chad used by the militants as hideouts and bases to launch attacks.

U.S., allies conduct 22 air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An international coalition led by the United States targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 22 air strikes on Wednesday, the U.S. military said on Thursday.

El Salvador fails to protect children from gang violence-rights group

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of children in El Salvador flee their homes each year to escape gang violence, and the government is "either unwilling or unable" to protect them from persecution, a U.S.-based advocacy group said on Thursday.

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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...