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UNews won second place for best overall newspaper and a total of 14 awards during last week’s Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards.
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UNews wins 14 awards, second place best overall newspaper from MCMA

U-News Staff
April 15, 2021

UNews won second place for best overall newspaper and a total of 14 awards during last week’s Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards. Competing in Division I against the largest schools in Missouri, the newspaper built on last year’s success and earned two additional...

KJ Brooks on the left - capture from her speech given to the Police board and on the right - her standing on the Country Club Plaza

Students support local activist’s efforts against KCPD

Rebekah Shackelford
November 16, 2020

Local activist KJ Brooks recently went viral after a video of her condemning the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) was posted to Twitter. The video shows Brooks calling out each member of the KCPD Police Board during a speech at an Oct. 27 police board meeting. Brooks,...

Union Station to host Holocaust exhibit this summer

Union Station to host Holocaust exhibit this summer

Rebekah Shackelford
October 21, 2020

An Auschwitz exhibit is coming to Union Station Kansas City this June, and local Holocaust survivor Judy Jacobs urges all to see it.  The exhibit is titled “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” It will feature over 1,000 artifacts and photos, making it the most...

Local business owner appears on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Local business owner appears on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Rebekah Shackelford
October 20, 2020

Local business owner Alesha Bowman recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and received $10,000 for her boutique, unLESHed+. In September, U-News sat down with Bowman to highlight her business, an upcycled plus-size boutique. A month later, she got a big surprise...

Black-owned business UnLESHed+ practices inclusivity in KC thrifting community

Black-owned business UnLESHed+ practices inclusivity in KC thrifting community

Rebekah Shackelford
September 22, 2020

Kansas City is home to many upcycled fashion boutiques, but not many cater to plus sizes or are Black-owned. Alesha Bowman, owner of UnLESHed+ (pronounced “unleashed”), is working to close that gap. UnLESHed+ focuses on body positivity. The boutique’s brightly-colored...

KC Art on the Block: Kansas City artists and volunteers paint murals in support of the BLM movement

KC Art on the Block: Kansas City artists and volunteers paint murals in support of the BLM movement

Rebekah Shackelford
September 8, 2020

Local artists and volunteers gathered Saturday morning to paint murals on six Kansas City streets, during an event called “KC Art on the Block: A Black Lives Matter Project.” Each mural featured “Black Lives Matter” in large yellow letters, but also incorporated varying...

KCPD sergeant indicted on third-degree assault of a minor

KCPD sergeant indicted on third-degree assault of a minor

Rebekah Shackelford
September 7, 2020

In a press conference this summer, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced the indictment of Kansas City Police Department Sgt. Matthew T. Neal, who was indicted by the Jackson County grand jury for an incident that occurred in November 2019. Neal and fellow officer Dylan...

The March on Kansas City commemorates the anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

The March on Kansas City commemorates the anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

Rebekah Shackelford
September 7, 2020

Hundreds took to the streets of Kansas City on Sept. 4. Dubbed The March on Kansas City, the rally took place in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in 1963.  Led by local chapters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The NAACP...

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