Bridging the Gap: Encouraging Communication about Cultural and Racial Integration

Kansas City, Missouri December 22, 2009—As a cultural affairs magazine, aims to inform readers about race relations, social identity and cultural values in today’s global multiethnic society. Additionally, this monthly publication strives to provide information that encourages interaction and communication between its readers regarding racial and cultural topics.

“We, at, believe that if we have an ongoing opportunity to learn more about each other, we can gain a better understanding of our differences, find great comfort in what we have in common and build a strong foundation upon which we can bridge our divisions,” says

In a world that houses innumerable cultures, customs, ethnicities and races, there will be issues that arise. However, believes that education and communication can offer the bridge that will minimize those issues and bring people together. This website provides the materials to educate one another about their differences so that the world can all understand each other’s cultures and racial experiences.

“Our mission is to provide a forum where everyone (and we mean, everyone) can engage in an ongoing conversation about race matters—topics they may not be comfortable chatting about in their office hallways, street corners, grocery-store isles and even their own living rooms,” says encourages this dialogue by providing educational content that addresses cultural experiences and ethnic issues in three areas: blogs, articles and features. Authors from around the nation are invited to chime in and inspire readers. It is the magazine’s hope that through this content, the entire world can participate in a global dialogue as one multi-ethnic society.

The premise of is that as the people talk and share, so understanding grows and the world will become a better place. Open minds create open doors. merely provides the inspiration for dialogue; it’s up to readers to make the difference. Readers will learn to not only embrace and celebrate their own culture and ethnic background, but they will begin to understand how to celebrate the many other cultures on the planet. Only through learning from one another will it be possible for our world to unite peacefully.

About RiseUp was formed the summer of 2008 as a weekly print publication and arrived on a crowded media stage, chock-a-block with dailies, weeklies and magazines. Its focus is race — a “beat” often overlooked by the mainstream press — and it promised to offer a fresh take on it. It has appeared as an insert in 12 papers including the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among others. Despite an overwhelming response and a circulation of 4 million, a few issues later, a cash crunch forced it to disappear. A year (and many teardrops) later, in May 2009, it reappeared — as USARiseUp.

USARiseUp, the digital offspring of RiseUp, is an online magazine about race and ethnicity that celebrates people of different cultures and color. Its physical home is located in the American heartland, in Kansas City, Missouri.

For more information, visit the website at You can also contact us by mail at 4435 Main Street, Suite 920, Kansas City, MO 64111 or by telephone at 1-816-561-5200.

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