Who was the first African American to play Major League Baseball? Jackie Robinson, of course. Larry Doby and Hank Thompson, two other black ball players who joined the majors in 1947, aren't remembered as well, although they experienced the same brutal racism that Robinson did. And although Robinson ... More >>
Ted Nugent used to be known for iconic guitar riffs and songs about getting laid, but now he makes headlines with his extreme political views -- often peppered with vulgarity. Nugent's remarks about certain Democrats and hot topics like immigration have made him a divisive figure (to say the least) ... More >>
In 2008, The Advocate published "Is Gay the New Black?," an article comparing the gay rights struggle to the civil rights movement. The story unleashed a fury of critique: How could people compare the fight for gay marriage to the abolition of Jim Crow and segregation? But as a string of marriage-eq ... More >>
It was evident early on that New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton had tremendous trumpet chops. After a stint with legendary drummer Elvin Jones, Payton inked a deal with Verve at the age of twenty and went on to release seven discs for the imprint, as well as a number of albums on other labels. S ... More >>
It's February 8, 1937. An African American Pullman porter is checking the ticket of a white passenger, who's eating oysters and sipping champagne. The porter then steps into the adjacent car and checks the tickets of the African-American passengers who are eating bread and cheese. The Chicago-bound ... More >>
In April, we told you about the Respect State Rights Marijuana Act of 2013, which calls on the federal government to respect state marijuana laws. Among the original co-sponsors: Colorado Representative Jared Polis. Since then, the legislation has made little progress, but it's just gotten a boost. ... More >>
Thus far, Facebook hasn't seen the creation of nearly as many pages saluting Wisconsin Sikh temple killer Wade Michael Page as was the case with James Holmes following the Aurora theater shooting. But one address exemplifies the fleeting attention span of those who live to shock online: It was previ ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Helping black people.After all the strife and human sacrifice during the civil rights movement, it was pretty awesome in the end when every black person was triumphant in some way and every villain got her hilariously cathartic comeuppance by eating a pie full of feces -- but let's not forget ... More >>
Is that baby black?As evidenced by the hideously protracted custody battles that seemingly arise every time two celebrities break off their romantic engagement in favor of stroking their turgid, throbbing sense of their own importance, large egos and small children do not mix well. Well, at l ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano.Update: The immigration debate continues, two days after the November 16 face-off that pitted Tom Tancrtedo against "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano. "Gustavo seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth," one commenter suggests. "Of course Tancredo is a racist al ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonFor Tancredo, the issue's brown and white.Last month, a representative from Americans For Legal Immigration blasted ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo for pledging to participate in a June 5 rally in Phoenix whose organizer allegedly had ties to neo-Nazi groups. Tancredo refut ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonIs impeachment a black-and-white issue?The idea that a White House job offer to Pennsylvania's Joe Sestak -- one allegedly designed to convince him not to challenge Senator Arlen Specter -- might be an impeachable defense has been popular in Republican circles of late. ... More >>
There are mellow cops and in-your-face cops.Then there are cops like the Denver Police Department's Perry Speelman, the subject of at least 18 internal affairs investigations dating back to the 1990s, many triggered by complaints of alleged "unnecessary force" or "discourtesy." Precisely how ... More >>
This sign is headed down the road a piece.On Monday, we told you about the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group, taking part in the Colorado Department of Transportation's adopt-a-highway program -- and CDOT's conclusion that stopping it from doing so was impossible. Now, a new deve ... More >>
"The Obama Tapes," a so-called "report" about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama by attorney and KHOW radio host Dan Caplis (pictured), is considerably less than advertised. Rather than spotlighting fresh information capable of bolstering Caplis' contention that Obama's electio ... More >>
Are Denver cops trigger-happy for minorities? A video game might hold the answer.
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It takes more than money to make a mayor. You have to know your way around Colfax, when to cry Republican and how to handle a drag queen.
A true modern classic, dub poet and reggae revolutionary Linton Kwesi Johnson turns another page.
Two filmmakers probe the racial climate in Jasper, Texas.
Too much talk makes Spinning Into Butter lose its focus on racism.
Judge John Kane has seen too many casualties in the War on Drugs. Now he demands a government retreat.
A class-action suit becomes a vehicle for racial justice.
Cliff Fleetwood looks for more Black Party people.
As the turks of Denver's black politics grow old, what's to be made of their legacy?
Racial problems and all-around surliness abound at the Denver Health engineering department.
Anne Sulton missed out on the civil-rights movement of the Sixties. Now she's making up for it.
Punk-rock guitarist turned Nation of Islam minister Jamal Muhammad is still angry--and not just in black and white.
A DU psychology professor lends his voice to the healing power of spirituals.
ETHNICITY WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE AN ISSUE IN WELLINGTON WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR. IT IS NOW.THE BLACKBOARD BUNGLE HOW MAYOR WEBB'S SEARCH FOR AN EDUCATION CZAR WAS HIJACKED BY RACIAL POLITICS.
ADAM'S MARK DEVELOPER FRED KUMMER LOST A $5 MILLION RACIAL-DISCRIMINATION SUIT IN ST. LOUIS--BUT WON $25 MILLION FROM DENVER.
FIREBRAND STEVE ARRINGTON, NOW IN ILL HEALTH, RECALLS THE GHOSTS OF AIDS BATTLES PAST.