Connecticut in Color with host Leslie Mayes gives voice to the stories, the people and the issues that make Connecticut special. We invite our viewers to participate in engaging, candid and inspirational conversations about race, ethnicity and gender. This is the only local show in the market that tackles these issues by taking our viewers out of the studio and into the community; introducing them to the people that contribute to the vibrant fabric of Connecticut.
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This February, Connecticut in Color is celebrating Black Heritage. In this episode, NBC Connecticut’s Leslie Mayes speaks with members of the Hartford Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, sits down with the first African-American commissioner to lead Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, and introduces us to the two women who created the Hip-Hop party game University of Dope.
Brianna Alers is a Hamden High School junior training to turn pro as a boxer while maintaining honor student status and inspiring others to defy every norm.
Travis Stewart now has a working farm complete with greens, fruits, chickens, fish and more in his home’s backyard in Hartford’s South End. His urban farming started with a single seed and his daughter’s school project. Now he’s showing everyone they too can grow what they eat.
Before leading his famed raid on Harper’s Ferry, abolitionist John Brown was born in Connecticut. A marker stands at the site of his childhood home and a new musical documentary retells much of his life story using genres from past and present.
In this episode of Connecticut in Color, we uncover the history of Connecticut through the lens of an indigenous tribe.
We take you to Keney Park in Hartford to meet a woman helping her community heal with horses.
In this episode of Connecticut in Color, we explore the roots of anti-Asian hate. There has been a rise in attacks during the pandemic, but it’s an issue that has been going on for decades.
We introduce you to some local afrobeat dancers who demonstrate their talents and discuss the cultural importance of the music. We’ll also go to Parkville Market, Connecticut’s first food hall, to sample some of the international cuisines.
In this segment of Connecticut in Color, we explore the new Black and Latino Studies curriculum, which all Connecticut high schools will be required to offer starting in the fall of 2022.
In this segment of Connecticut in Color, we meet the people who are making a difference in our community right now.
In this segment of Connecticut in Color we tackle implicit bias and racial injustice through the lens of an artist who has painted the portraits of victims of racially motivated violence.
In this segment of Connecticut in Color we explore the disparities that exists for women owned businesses and introduce you to two women who are finding ways to thrive.
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