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Monday, April 10, 2017

Denver Community Newspaper Celebrates 30 Years of Publishing

— Denver Urban Spectrum’s “Power 30…More Today Than Yesterday” Honors Community —

Denver Urban Spectrum Publisher Rosalind J. Harris

Denver Urban Spectrum Publisher Rosalind J. Harris

Denver, CODenver Urban Spectrum, an award-winning monthly publication, has been spreading the news about people of color since 1987. From national headlines to the celebration of local “African Americans Who Make a Difference,” the news magazine with a distribution of more than 25,000 copies each month, has been a driving force within the Denver metro African American community for 30 years. The April cover story features the publisher and the journey she has traveled for the last three decades.

As the premiere publication for Colorado’s communities of color, Denver Urban Spectrum will thank its supporters and recognize those who have helped the print and online publication along the way. “Power 30…more today than yesterday,” will celebrate publishing with six months of community events, culminating with the opening of a bed and breakfast in honor of the mother of Denver Urban Spectrum publisher Rosalind Harris.

On Wednesday, April 26, a kick-off reception at the Clocktower Cabaret (www.clocktowercabaret.com) in downtown Denver will present a video on the Spectrum’s 30-year history, recognize the 2017 African Americans Who Make A Difference, and announce the 15 Power 30 couples. Additionally, the event theme song video “More Today Than Yesterday” by vocalist Jah Goatfish and arranged and produced by national recording artist Bobby Wells will be presented. The song is available on CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/cd/jahgoatfish).

On Saturday, May 13, the Power 30 luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver will recognize 15 couples selected as the DUS Power 30 couples, and display their relationship with Denver Urban Spectrum through videos. The event will include live entertainment and a silent auction.

In June, Denver Urban Spectrum will bring laughter to the community with a Comedy Explosion featuring comedians who have had an impact on the comedy scene, nationally and locally. Nationally recognized comedian Louis Johnson, who has been entertaining audiences around the country for more than 25 years, will headline the event on June 28 at Comedy Works South at Landmark in Greenwood Village. A social media comedy campaign contest will give aspiring comedians a chance to appear onstage at the nationally recognized comedy club (www.comedyworks.com).

In July, Denver Urban Spectrum will expand with multimedia platforms that include a pilot for a television show and other online projects.

August 5 and 6 will focus on the family with the two-day Power 30 Family Reunion Festival, at the Great Lawn Park – The Meadow area at Lowry. Families will be encouraged to support and participate in the institution of family reunions. It will include entertainment, vendors and a reunion of Urban Spectrum Youth Foundation participants from the past 20 years. A $500 scholarship will be presented to a student pursuing a journalism career. Denver Urban Spectrum will acknowledge 30 three-generation families who are making an impact on Denver communities. For more information, visit www.familyreunionfestival.com.

And in September, Denver Urban Spectrum will open the doors to Big Ma’s Place, new accommodations where guests can relax, visit and stay, which will serve as a cultural and historic destination for local and out-of-town visitors.

For more information on events, tickets, tables, volunteer opportunities or sponsorship, call 303-292-6446 or visit www.DUSPower30.com.


About the Denver Urban Spectrum:
Since 1987, Denver Urban Spectrum has been spreading the news about people of color. The publication’s 30th anniversary is a celebration of community, youth, progress, entrepreneurship and leadership. With a distribution of 25,000 monthly printed copies, Denver Urban Spectrum is one of the most sought-after community publications in the Denver metro area. For more information, visit www.denverurbanspectrum.com or call 303-292-6446.


Rosalind “Bee” Harris, Publisher