Borne from outrage over violent African-American deaths, the grassroots Black Lives Matter movement espouses a social action platform to end systemic violence against and mass incarceration of a people. BLM's loose-knit activists advocate d... more

Aug 11, 2016 7:54 PM News

When Mondo we Langa died at age 68 in the Nebraska State Penitentiary last month, he'd served 45 years for a crime he always maintained he did not commit. The former David Rice, a poet and artist, was found guilty, along with fellow Black P... more

Mar 21, 2016 12:06 AM News

With America in the throes of the 1960s civil rights movement, few whites publicly conceded their own prejudice, much less tried seeing things from a black point of view. Lois Mark Stalvey was that exception as she shared her journey from n... more

Nov 9, 2015 12:45 AM News

You've got to be taught to be afraid                                                                                                                                                        Of people whose eyes are oddly made,                ... more

Nov 9, 2015 12:31 AM News

Muddying Omaha's high quality of life rankings are pockets of chronic poverty and growing new poor populations. Identifiable impoverished sections, homeless communities and shelters exist, but most poverty here is insidious and invisible. ... more

Oct 16, 2015 11:04 PM News

My, how time flies. It seems only yesterday Omaha's own Gabrielle Monique Union first caught our attention on the big screen with her scene-stealing turn as the diva rival to Kirsten Dunst in the wickedly funny high school cheerleader comed... more

Dec 5, 2014 3:15 PM News

Former Bellevue West hoops star and Creighton University point guard Josh Dotzler has lived through the saga of Abide, the northeast Omaha ministry his parents started in 1989. Twenty-five years ago Ron and Twany Dotzler stepped out on fai... more

Nov 19, 2014 6:56 PM News

As Omaha glories in Creighton Bluejays hoops superstar Doug McDermott's historic season, another local sports figure going for greatness flies under the radar. Top Rank boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford challenges for the WBO lightweight tit... more

Feb 21, 2014 9:43 AM News

Two bodies in the mirror: 
one's me, the other's you,
 with two far different cultures 
some say will bring just strife.
                                                                                                                   ... more

Feb 9, 2014 8:40 AM News

Brigitte McQueen is hell-bent on revolution. The entrepreneurial arts maven first made a splash with Pulp in Benson. Then she revived the Bemis Underground in the Old Market. Now she’s about to shake up North Omaha via The Union for Con... more

Dec 8, 2011 4:11 AM News

What’s possible for our city? Speakers at the 2011 TEDx Omaha event offered many answers to that pressing question. TEDx Omaha is an independently organized event affiliated with the well-known TED conferences in California and Scotland... more

Oct 18, 2011 6:15 PM News

The uneasy place which race inhabits in the collective American psyche leaves most discussions of the subject to academics, activists or attorneys. But its reality permeates much of the social-cultural fabric.  Rhetoric about race is co... more

Sep 29, 2011 10:52 PM News


Jason McClaren

“The location in Midtown wasn’t a problem as far as getting renters to move inwards,” said Scott Semrad, part owner of midtown-based Urban Village. “We had the product, but it was trying to push the location of that product that was the p... more

Sep 14, 2011 12:17 AM News


Jason McClaren

Early in his life as a brother in the Society of Jesus, his superiors asked Mike Willmot what kind of work he wanted to do. The former Marquette (Milwaukee, Wis.) University High School three-sport athlete said he wanted to coach. Perhaps... more

Sep 8, 2011 5:28 AM News

With Native Omaha Days over, another traditional African-American summer gathering, the Bryant-Fisher Family Reunion, begins. The biennial Native Omaha Days began in 1977. But it’s a newbie compared to the historic annual reunion that d... more

Aug 3, 2011 10:58 PM News

Get comfortable before you ask state Sen. Kathy Campbell what concerns and questions she has about Nebraska's child welfare privatization program. You're likely to be there for a while. “Is the program as we've set it up sustainable, both ... more

Mar 10, 2011 8:53 AM News

Tell a community that 75 military veterans are moving into the neighborhood, and they'll likely be welcomed with open arms. But see what happens when you tell the community that those vets are homeless. The Volunteers of America and the ... more

Jan 28, 2011 1:36 AM News

When Jeff Miller returned from Saudi Arabia in 2003, he jumped feet first back into society. The staff sergeant and security forces specialist with the 363rd expeditionary security forces squadron did everything expected of him: got married... more

Jan 27, 2011 1:53 AM News

More than 99 percent of Sudanese citizens in Omaha voted to split their home country into separate nations as part of Southern Sudan Referendum vote last week. In all, more than 8,000 Sudanese natives voted in eight cities throughout the U... more

Jan 19, 2011 11:49 PM News