The Nine Network Presents “What’s Vital to STL?”

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Brought to the Forefront Since the Death of Michael Brown

St. Louis, MO — August 3, 2015 — One year after events in Ferguson brought multiple issues including race, class, violence, law enforcement, poverty and jobs to the forefront of public consciousness, the Nine Network examines how far the St. Louis region has come and where it might go from here. Through the series Stay Tuned and Living St. Louis, short story segments and community-produced videos, the Nine Network explores some of the conversations and inspiring stories happening around these issues.

Stay Tuned  — On the August 7 and 14 episodes of this weekly discussion series, host Casey Nolen and guests including journalists, civic leaders, movement leaders and community members will discuss changes over the past year and what is next. Stay Tuned airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS and can be viewed online on

Living St. Louis — The nine segments of the August 10 Living St. Louis episode look at arts fueled by Ferguson. The segments are about: Black and Blue, a play inspired by Ferguson events; a Grand Center Arts Academy workshop where teenagers express themselves through theater, poetry, visual arts and music; community leader and protestor Brea McAnally who expresses her activism through photography; a book called Painting for Peace in Ferguson;  Melvin Bozeman, McCluer North Class of 2015, who won the top prize in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ spring recital and also won a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky to study voice; McCluer High School teacher Doug Erwin, who was named 2016 arts educator of the year by the Arts and Education council of Greater St. Louis for his efforts to enrich the lives of North St. Louis county youth and who is credited with building the largest high school African American theatre program in Missouri;Ferguson Municipal Public Library, named the 2015 library of the year by Library Journal magazine; St. Louis Classical Guitar Society efforts to teach guitar to Ferguson students; and 135-year-old Central Elementary in Ferguson where the predominantly African American student body loves their white community resource officer. Living St. Louis airs Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS and can be viewed online at

Looking at Ferguson —In a First Fridays presentation on August 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio invite the public to view and discuss an evening of thought-provoking films in the Public Media Commons. The films include shorts created by young people in a collaboration of the Contemporary Art Museum’s teen arts program, InspireSTL and NineLab; Whose Streets, a film by director Damon Davis featuring young leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement; Is Kinloch Disappearing?, a film by architect Andrew Raimiest; Arts Speak! Youth Summit, by NineLab community producers Chris Renteria and Corinne McAfee; Question Bridge, a national documentary on black male identity in America; NineLab community stories on the community’s response to Ferguson; We Live Here, a St. Louis Public  Radio special on issues of race, class and history leading to the emotional eruption in the wake of Michael Brown’s death; The Colors of CrimeSTL Under Siege, a film by Leah Simms examining whether or not St. Louis is our nation’s most dangerous city; and Speak, a film by Howard Fields III and Annette Fields on a teen’s concerns after the grand jury decision.

Short story segments — Beginning this week on, stories on the “What’s Vital to STL?” page will debut. All the stories will demonstrate through the lives of different people the importance of all voices to the community’s progress and livelihood. Among the individuals who share their perspectives are graduating Ferguson-Florissant seniors who began their final year of high school in turmoil; Muhammad ‘Mvstermind’ Austin, leader of the hip-hop collective MME; Melvin Bozeman, a recent graduate of McCluer North High School; and The Luminary co-founder Brea McAnally, who speaks about her experiences participating in protests in and outside of Ferguson.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, and the Public Media Commons. The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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