DUS Countdown to 2019 Remembering 2018 in DUS
12 – January
Ringing in the New Year, we celebrated the first month of the year honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, reflecting on his life and reminiscing on his legacy. Our cover story featured Black cowgirls and their journey in a male dominated field, as they rode into Denver for the MLK Jr. Rodeo of Champions. Rodeo champion Mikala Nealy and BPIR CEO/President and Promoter Valeria Vason-Cunningham, shared this salute to African American and Native American cowboys and cowgirls with DUS Managing Editor, Laurence Washington. Allan Tellis sat down with Dr. Rhonda Coleman and The Healing Garden as they shared with him its purpose and goals of creating an environment for improving the community’s health.
11 – February
This month DUS celebrated African American/ Black History Month with a cover story featuring Ron Springer who after almost 30 years in business handed the reins of Akente Express to a new generation of entrepreneurs. DUS also acknowledged the 2018 African Americans Who Make A Difference who are nominated by the community every year. These so- called “quiet movers and shakers” are truly making an impact and supporting their communities.
10 – March
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity. Denver Urban Spectrum honored and recognized women and looked at their achievements in Colorado and around the country. Our cover story, penned by DUS Editor Laurence Washington, told us how and why Gerie Grimes was selected by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame as a 2018 Inductee. Melovy Melvin paid homage to Rachel B. Noel as the community prepared for the Rachel B. Noel 2018 Distinguished Professorship.
9 – April
Since 1987, the Denver Urban Spectrum has been telling and sharing stories – other people’s stories. Our cover story by DUS Managing Editor Laurence Washington profiled former 9News Anchor TaRhonda Thomas who gave her views on justice accountability and shared her journalism journey that began in Louisiana. Emmy award winning filmmaker Dante J. James provided a different perspective on the movie Black Panther and how it relates to justice in the movie and film industry and Richard B. Muhammad talked about the injustices occurring with Republican Jews and Black Democrats. This month our city was filled with controversy around sexual harassment allegations of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Detective Leslie Branch-Wise.
8 – May
This month contributor Alfonzo Porter looked at the challenges African-Americans faced in 1968 – family, economic growth, criminal justice, political leadership and education – and the aftermath of them 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other DUS contributor Thomas Holt Russell reflected on law enforcement and the long and troubled history in the African-American communities with a photo from 50 years ago that is imbedded in his memory from when he was young boy and still disturbs him today.
7 – June
Good music feeds the soul. That is how publisher, Rosalind “Bee” Harris opened this musical month’s issue as DUS paid homage to Black Music Month. Over cover story was penned by new DUS contributor Lauren Turner who was down with father-son duo, Billy and Scottie Rich. They shared their music journeys and their undying passion for the electric bass. Beatrice Bruno shared Shelton Bouknight’s story who owns the Kasbah nightclub and Jamil Shabazz shared the musical journey of radio personality and emcee Becky Taylor. Melovy Melvin talked about future plans for the Five Points neighborhood and the Rossonian Hotel.
6 – July
Summertime in the Rockies is hot and this year we saw, felt and shared it through our July issue. Heartthrob and actor Timon Kyle Durrett sat down with DUS contributor Ruby Jones to share his journey to landing on Oprah’s popular and hot television show, “Queen Sugar.” DUS contributor Zilingo Nwuke shared Haynes story on how he overcame racist obstacles in the field of aviation but still passed on lessons learned to his sons, and DUS contributor Thomas Russell Holt visited Dearfield, a once vibrant all Black community, and educated us on the resilience, strength and the audacity of hope from the town’s ancestors.
5 – August
DUS Executive consultant and MSU Denver professor Alfonzo Porter looked at the climate of African men and women and the judicial system with our Presumed Guilty cover story. New contributors Shakara Robinson and Chiquita Vaughn shared Papa Dia’s story about his goals for coming to the U.S. from Senegal and the story behind his formation of the African American Leadership Group in 2006. Entertainment writer Allison Kugels talked with DL Hughley who discussed his new book.
4 – September
Fall is in the air and for September, DUS focused on education with a variety of contributions. September’s cover story by Alfonzo Porter looked at the Brilliance of Black Students who are overlooked and unrecognized and, Dr. Sharon Bailey shared an open letter to the Black community and Denver Public Schools about the education of Black students. DUS contributior Ruby Jones presented the first two Colorful Stories of the series on Little Rock Nine’s Carlotta Walls and mother of gunshot victim Ollie Marie Phason.
3 – October
This month’s cover story featured the Colorado Black Health Collaborative’ s first black and white fundraising gala with actress Jenifer Lewis who visited Denver and shared her secret struggles with sexual addiction and mental illness. DUS contributor Thomas Russell Holt shared insight from community and organization leaders, officials and activists to encourage more people to Get Out To Vote.
2 – November
In November, we enter the season of giving and giving thanks. DUS cover story by Alfonzo Porter, Too Rich to Be Poor looked at the plight of the Black buying power and what is needed to achieve true freedom. Contributor Jamil Shabazz talked about an upcoming conference on genocide and slavery and the five speakers who will shed light on what needs to be done to help eradicate these issues. Contributor Ruby Jones shared insight about the ongoing dilemma of homelessness and housing.
1 – December
In this last issue of 2018, we present stories of passion.
At a time of wrapping your head around and remembering all that has occurred over the year, we are ready to embrace the New Year and anticipate what’s to come. As we reflect on all our past issues and all of the stories we have been honored to share, Denver Urban Spectrum thanks all our contributors, readers, advertisers, and community for allowing us to be a part of your year and we look forward to sharing 2019 with you!