Legacy 420 Heals Indigenous Communities Through Cannabis

Before he opened the retail brand Legacy 420 in 2015, Tim Barnhart of Ontario’s Mohawk tribe knew his rights. When Canada began drafting the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) in 2016, he poured over each new iteration. The walls of Legacy 420, the first cannabis shop on the Mohawk reservation, Tyendinaga, were strong. As Bill C-45 became law in 2018, he was ready with a fortress built of land, concrete and paper.

Projecting hushed voices — 5 podcast episodes and shows that share migrant stories

The search for a podcast worth your commute home or your companionship while you cook dinner is daunting. It’s easy to avoid the masses of new shows and gravitate towards the recent episodes of audio giants. Still, as the medium expands, podcasts provide a (somewhat) democratized space for anyone with a mic to speak to the world. Even the greats like This American Life and Radiolab share their platform with migrants to project voices often hushed in the din of public discourse.

Queens residents yearn for a place to rest their COVID grief

On the first Saturday in May, EmyLou Rodriguez stood in the Forest Park Bandshell and recounted the lives of her parents whose portraits sat displayed on park benches. The images of Antonio and Estelita along with 268 others at the center of Queens COVID Remembrance Day will soon be used in a memorial to the victims. Almost a year after the pandemic began, many New Yorkers are still yearning for a place to lay their grief. Architects and designers across the world are offering ideas for how to memorialize the cataclysmic event that has affected nearly every person on the planet.

Queens residents mourn at Covid vigil

Theresa La Trace from Howard Beach, Queens loved all things yellow, especially sunflowers and lemons. So when her sister in law, also named Theresa, planned to attend the Queens Covid Remembrance Day on May 1, she knew which flowers to bring. Theresa laid the small bouquet sunflowers in front of a portrait of La Trace on a bench at the Forest Park bandshell alongside photos of almost 200 victims of Covid-19. The bereaved filled the remaining benches to begin a day that would draw an estimated 5

Bibliophiles: Alone, Together

I came to the city to write. I hoped to find a bustling literary community to feed my spirit and offer me some kind of identity in a dizzying mass of humanity. One might think that in New York City, all a bibliophile needs to do is step outside. Better yet, as an NYU student, the whole place should be crawling with people correctly using “whom.” However, in the time of Covid-19, the city has snoozed in a restless slumber devoid of in-person events. Easy, as with the rest of the world—go virtual.

Reimagining Denver's Chinatown amidst lost history and uptick in anti-Asian American attacks

At the corner of 20th and Blake Streets sits a commemorative plaque with several historical inaccuracies. The plaque memorializes an anti-Chinese riot that destroyed Denver’s Chinatown, calling the event a “Chinese riot.” But it erases the primary victim of the Sinophobic attack, according to historians and activists. Were it to read in full, they say, it would state that on Oct. 31, 1880, Lu Yang, also called Look Young or in his native language 陆扬, was lynched by anti-Chinese rioters.

From Rivera to Kahlo to the streets of Denver

Upon entering the Frida Khalo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, you realize that this is not a shrine to Kahlo and her pop-culture status. Rather, you’re invited to explore the story of a people evaluating their collective identity between tradition and imperialism, art and war. With 29.9% of Denverites, roughly 217,436 individuals, identifying as Hispanic and a need for racial reckoning extending beyond 2020, the exhibition offers a link between...

Polis provides update on confirmed Colorado COVID-19 variant case

The COVID-19 variant that has been raising alarms in the U.K. was confirmed in one Colorado National Guard member and is suspected in another. Both members were stationed at the Good Samaritan Simla Nursing Home in Elbert County on Dec. 23 and tested positive after taking COVID tests on Dec. 24. The presence of the variant, COVID-19 B 1.1.7., was confirmed by Dr. Emily Trivante, Scientific Director of the state public health lab, at a Wednesday press conference with Gov. Jared Polis.