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Anthony Brownlee: His Story of Learning and Leading

By: Charles Emmons

  When we reflect on the impact of history, we may not consider the importance of our own stories. But, everyone’s story is significant.  We know that everyone is not going to have their 15 minutes of fame, nor should we think this is an ultimate goal. There are no magic bullets to attain success. Hard work and belief in yourself are unmatched in getting there.  Along the way it helps to have mentors who believe in you as well, and these mentors can be family, friends or business colleagues.  Mentors need not look like us, and learning life’s lessons is not culturally dependent.  As we go...

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Home Cooking

By: Sydney M. Odion-Smith, MSUD Nutrition Major

Nothing is more celebratory of our history, than food. When you envision Black cultural foods-images of collard greens stewed with ham hocks, caramel cakes, and barbecued ribs may dance around your head. For years, dishes like these have been enjoyed in the Black community. These meals have brought our families...

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Why We Need Black Doctors

By: Dr. Johnny Johnson , President of the Mile High Medical Society

In virtually every area of medicine, we as Blacks have the worst outcome. As a young Black doctor starting out in medicine I was offended in the way healthcare was given to Black patients. The statistics about Black patients outcomes that made me upset then are largely the same today. The infant mortality...

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A Caribbean Brother Regrets Nothing, Looks Forward

By: Jamal Mootoo

"The stone that the builders refuse shall become the head cornerstone"...Psalms 118:22 In March 1996, I awoke one Friday morning, after speaking at East High School the night before, to find my image on the front page of both the Denver Post and the now defunct Rocky Mountain News. The...

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Fewer people charged in Colorado with driving while high in 2015

By: Noelle Phillips
The Denver Post

The Colorado State Patrol arrested fewer people on allegations they were driving under the influence of marijuana last year, according a report released Thursday.

Proposed change to Colorado's early literacy testing would harm English learners, critics say

By: Eric Gorski
Chalkbeat Colorado

The State Board of Education is weighing a change in how Colorado gives early literacy tests, a proposal Denver Public Schools and others say would unduly burden English learners, produce faulty

EPA employee in charge of Gold King Mine knew of blowout risk, e-mail shows

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

The Environmental Protection Agency employee in charge of work at the Gold King Mine said he was aware before a massive spill of contaminated water at the site that there was danger of such an

Man cited in crash that critically injured Arapahoe County deputy

By: Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

Investigators have cited the Denver man accused of causing a crash Wednesday morning that left an Arapahoe County deputy critically injured.

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Three of last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Three of the last four armed protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, but the final holdout vowed to remain holed up until "my grievances are heard."

Five people indicted in deadly Manhattan building explosion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four people were indicted on Thursday on second-degree manslaughter charges, and one other person faces lesser charges, in a building explosion in Manhattan's East Village that killed two people last March, the Manhattan district attorney said.

Black History Month: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist

By: Safon Floyd

Notable astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author Neil DeGrasse Tyson made history in 1996 as the first African American Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History....

Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being probed for ethics violations for telling county clerks that they could deny marriage licenses to same sex-couples, another potential setback for the state's top lawyer, who is already facing felony charges.

Obama reveals his inner nerd, picks Mars companions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said he would want both brains and brawn beside him should he ever end up on Mars, an interview with the self-described "nerd" in Popular Science magazine revealed.

Federal grand jury hearing evidence in NYC police killing of Eric Garner: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal grand jury in New York has begun hearing evidence in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose chokehold death at the hands of a white police officer sparked widespread protests, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Cypriot president says peace talks make progress but work needed

ATHENS (Reuters) - Peace talks in ethnically split Cyprus have shown progress on several fronts, but disagreements persisted and work was still required before a blueprint could be put to a public vote, the country's president said on Thursday.

U.N. mission sends Burundi officers home over unrest

BANGUI (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is repatriating three military officers on suspicion they committed human rights violations during political unrest in their home country, Burundi, an internal document showed.

Biden, Poroshenko discuss need for reforms in Ukraine: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the need for governance reforms in Ukraine during a phone call on Thursday, the White House said.

U.S. has 'significantly' upped strikes on Islamic State in Afghanistan: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has "significantly" increased its air strikes against Islamic State in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama granted commanders broader authority last month to target the group there, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

French PM Valls says new government to keep up reforms

PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday that France's new government, after a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, would keep up working for reforms until the end of Socialist President Francois Hollande's term in 2017.

Romanian PM dismisses tax chiefs over EU funds fraud inquiry

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's prime minister sacked the head of the tax authority and his deputy on Thursday, a day after anti-corruption prosecutors said they were being investigated as part of a wider probe into alleged misappropriation of European funds.

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Colorado Black Women for Political Action: 36th Annual “Tribute to Black Women” Award Luncheon Honorees

Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA) announces its 2015 “Tribute to Black Women” award recipients who will be honored at CBWPA’s 36th Annual Award Luncheon on Oct. 10, at the Renaissance Hotel, Denver. Seven outstanding African-American women will be recognized by the organization for excellence in the categories of...

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Black Journalists Recognize 2015 Media Award Winners

Works published by the Denver Urban Spectrum were recognized at the Colorado Association of Black Journalists at its annual media awards and scholarship banquet held at the Denver Marriott City Center on Aug. 14. The event emceed by CBS46 anchor and former CABJ president Gloria Neal, awards scholarships to aspiring...

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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...