For city and state officials, a diverse Aurora, Colo. means business

By George Bamu on August 16, 2015

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Members of the African community, Colo. State and City of Aurora officials meet for business and mentorship development, July 25

When you listen to Steve Hogan, mayor of Aurora, Colorado’s second largest city, it’s difficult not to conjecture what’s on his mind, as he attends plenty of functions involving the immigrant communities that are a part of the city he leads. These functions occur all over Aurora, each day of the week.

Hogan, who is running for re-election to a second term, believes the presence of a burgeoning African immigrant community is leaving a positive mark on the way the city does business.…

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Slideshow: African culture takes center stage in Aurora

By Sarah Ford on May 21, 2015

Over 150 people packed into the small space of Aurora’s Mirage Kebob House on Friday, April 24, all proudly representing different countries but woven together with similar threads.

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Participants at the African Dress Night celebration in Aurora, April 24.

The first annual African Dress Night brought native and migrant African families to the small restaurant to partake in a full night of cultural celebration, featuring a fashion show and several speakers involved with the African community in Denver.

The fashion show featured participants from countries including Zimbabwe, Mali, Ethiopia, Ghana and more, each group parading onto the stage and performing brief traditional dances for the cheering crowd.…

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Colorado’s African Communities Reach Out for Political Action

By George Bamu on March 10, 2015

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African Community leaders gather at the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Aurora, CO. February 28

When Mike Coffman, a Republican member of Congress from Colorado won re-election against Andrew Romanoff last November, one of the many thank-you messages the congressman offered on election night went to the African, Latino and Asian communities that are part of his constituency.

For sure—the community of minorities which make up Colorado’s 6th congressional district continues to expand. Both the Coffman and Romanoff camps fought a hard battle to win over votes from thousands of immigrants that are concentrated within the district.…

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“Africa has the potential to be a bread basket to the world,” Romanoff tells Africans in Colorado

By George Bamu on August 14, 2013

Romanoff and Dia at Carte Blanche
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Andrew Romanoff and Papa Dia at the Carte Blanche

It is well-known that former two-term Colorado House Speaker, Andrew Romanoff, is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Coffman for Colorado’s 6th congressional district. But while the elections are about a year away, POLITICO has already named the race as potentially the nation’s toughest House battle of 2014.

“Romanoff has long been seen as an up-and-comer in Colorado democratic politics,” according to Meghan Verlee, who covers politics for Colorado Public Radio.

For news junkies that may be old news. But for casual observers of the increasingly diverse district, which encompasses much of Aurora, anything the candidates say or do in the lead up to the elections could be significant, one way or another.…

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