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2 of Kansas City's Black women trailblazers

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One African-American chef from Kansas City is creating a new community around food in the 18th and Vine District. Also, we hear about a Kansas City jazz singer who made waves across the nation 75 years ago for her specific type of blues.

Along one of Kansas City’s most storied avenues, a new mission is taking shape inside the 140-year-old stone structures near 21st and Vine Streets. That’s where Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant is working to create a new, food-based solution to urban hunger and unemployment. KCUR’s Luke Martin shares her story.

Seventy-five years ago this week, a Kansas City jazz singer by the name of Julia Lee, known for pioneering a specific type of racy blues, recorded her first big hit. But there’s a lot more to her story than just lyrical wordplay and double entendre. Mackenzie Martin of the KCUR Studios podcast A People's History of Kansas City shares the legacy of Julia Lee.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love, Trevor Grandin, and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byronlove@kcur.org.