Mattie Rhodes celebrating Dia de los Muertos virtually

By Angie Baldelomar The Mattie Rhodes Center is holding a different kind of celebration for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) this year. Traditionally, Dia de los Muertos is a big community event at Mattie Rhodes — one that has brought together thousands of people in previous years. This year, because of the […]

KC area offers five scary attractions to visit this Halloween

By Roberta Pardo The Kansas City area has a long history of haunted houses, at one time even being considered the haunted house capital of the world. With Halloween (Oct. 31) falling on a weekend, multiple frightening attractions around the Kansas City area are open for business, following safety guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic. […]

New exhibit featuring two Latinas opens at Belger Arts

Kansas City, MO – Belger Crane Yard Studios presents “Vibrant: The Art of Christina Erives, Lauren Mabry, and Shalene Valenzuela,” which opened Friday, Oct. 2. The exhibition will remain on view through December 31, 2020. People can visit Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm at the […]

Two Latinas part of the onscreen talent at area TV station

By Angie Baldelomar Two Latinas are part of the English-speaking broadcast media landscape in the Kansas City area. Leslie Aguilar, a reporter at KCTV-5, has worked since 2018 at the station. Originally from Texas, Aguilar moved to the Kansas City area, looking to experience new environments. Because she had grown up in a state heavily […]

KC area artist working on documentary exploring Mexican culture

By Angie Baldelomar Kansas City area artist Hugo Ximello-Salido is working on a documentary that aims to celebrate and explore Mexican culture through art. The documentary will focus on the Muxes, one-of-a-kind individuals who are assigned male identities at birth but grow up to dress and behave in ways traditionally associated with women. The Muxes […]

Harvesters providing relief from food insecurity during pandemic

By Tere Siqueira A regional food bank is helping to meet the needs of food-insecure Kansas City area residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Harvesters, a non-profit organization serving northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas that is a certified member of the Feed America network, has distributed around 57.5 million meals and nearly 66 million pounds of […]

Remembering Armando Cruz

Longtime KC radio host dead at 51 Story by Angie Baldelomar and photos by George Acuña Longtime radio personality Armando Cruz, a host for Kansas City area station La X 1250 AM, died on Sept. 19 from complications due to COVID-19. He was 51. Cruz worked as a radio host for 20 years. He had […]

Wyandotte Angels helping those in need in WyCo

By Angie Baldelomar Longtime Kansas City, Kansas, resident Martin Cervantes and his wife, Jalynda, have founded a new group to connect those who want to help with those who need help in Wyandotte County. Cervantes and his wife started Wyandotte Angels after realizing there was a need in the community for their organization. When the […]

Avalos readying for virtual school year

By Tere Siqueira Evette Avalos is doing what many Kansas City area children are doing: She is getting ready to resume her schooling. Avalos, who attends Indian Woods Middle School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will be a seventh-grader this year. She is among those students who will take classes online. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, […]

Florentino Camacho dies at 71

Longtime Kansas City, Missouri, resident Florentino “Tino” Camacho Jr., 71, died peacefully on Aug. 11. Born in Laredo, Texas, Camacho made a career as a salesman. He was a community activist and an advocate for those who had been treated unfairly or unjustly. Camacho was a deeply Catholic man, too, being a 4th-degree member of […]