Kenneth Grimes: A Writer’s Walk of Faith
By Angelia D. McGowan
One of his online profiles states that he is an active playwright in his spare time. It should also include successful. Kenneth Grimes has written, directed or acted in dozens of plays since he was a teenager. In high school he received a $500 grant to produce a play he had written called, “Ride the Rugged Seas.” Click image to read full cover story in September 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p7.

 

Stephanie O’Malley Committed to Making Informed Decisions
by Angelia D. McGowan
The highest authority position in the Department of Safety for the City of Denver is held by an African American woman. More importantly, it is held by a person who brings a wealth of perspectives necessary to support the safety needs of a thriving urban city. Click image to read full cover story in August 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p7

 

Colorado Black Arts Festival is Rock Steady at 29 and Counting
by Angelia D. McGowan
Dana Manyothane was in high school when her uncles, Perry Ayers and Oye Oginga, created the Colorado Black Arts Festival 29 years ago. It was a family affair. …Click image to read full cover story in July 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p8.
 

Vernon Barbary…in the Groove with Pockit
By Angelia D. McGowan

Nationally recognized bass player Vernon Barbary faced a fork-in-the-road decision as a high school student preparing for college. Football scholarship or music scholarship? He chose music, and it has made a difference in his life and in the lives of hundreds of musicians across the country. Click image to read full story in June 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p8.

 

Bringing Back the Arts Initiative Goes Motown
by Angelia D. McGowan
Who knows Marvin Gaye? Who knows Gladys Knight and the Pips? Who knows Diana Ross? Who knows Michael Jackson? The very thought that every being on the earth does not know these legendary artists is an atrocity to older generations that can recall a Motown hit for every emotion that comes to mind. But when cast members from Motown The Musical posed those questions to about 50 middle school students, the sound of crickets overwhelmed the room. Eventually hands shot up as iconic names were called, but it was nerve-wracking to witness the initial silence and young eyes searching the room for answers... Click image to read full story in May 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p10.


Florence Crittenton Services exceeds fundraising goal
by Angelia D. McGowan
More than 200 people braved heavy rain last Saturday morning to support Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado during its 11th Annual Miles for Moms Run/Walk fundraiser to support programming for teen moms and their families. Click image to read full story in May 15, 2015 issue of El Semanario.

She Chose to Fly
by Angelia D. McGowan
She chose to fly. Leopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith was born in Cameroon which was part of a German territory acquired by France after the allied victors of World War I divided the German colony known as Kamerun in Central Africa...She made history, but at the time, she did not know she was doing so as the first Black person to serve as a flight attendant for any airline…  Click image to read full cover story in March 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum. 

The Construction of a Dream
by Angelia D. McGowan 
In 2009 a Swedish newspaper Tillit published a feature story on Dr. Raymond Paul Phillips, recognized as the inventor of what is now considered the cordless phone. Click image to read full story in February 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum, p.8.

 

 

Attorneys Address Race Relations
by Angelia D. McGowan
A host of discussions have been held in the city in light of the recent marches, die-ins, student walkouts and general protest to the police killings of Michel Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York with seemingly no accountability.Click image to read full story in January 2015 issue of the Denver Urban Spectrum.