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Student Martita Abril is $20,000 in debt. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

State Assembly Analyzes Student Debt Crisis

Education, New York December 2, 2016 at 5:07 pm

As college graduates are anxious about student loan debt, the New York State Assembly began holding hearings to find ways to promote initiatives to help them, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Do Chinese Arts Groups Seek City Funding?

Do Chinese Arts Groups Seek City Funding?

Culture, East Asian, Government, New York December 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

In a story on a Center for Community and Ethnic Media briefing with NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Sing Tao Daily takes a look at why Chinese arts organizations do not often seek city funding.

A rendering of a new electric charging post. (Drawing provided by Move Systems via Mott Haven Herald)

FDNY to Roll Out Electric Ambulances

Environment, Health, New York, Transportation December 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

The FDNY will unveil a new fleet of ambulances powered by electricity, with curbside charging stations, as part of an initiative to combat air pollution, a major concern in the South Bronx, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Folklore Urbano Orchestra with Pablo Mayor (center, in the white shirt). (Photo via El Diario)

Encuentro NYC Festival: Cumbia, Vallenato, Joropo… ‘Let’s Dance’!

Culture, Manhattan, South American December 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

New York-based musicians will offer the best music from every region of Colombia Dec. 3 at the dance-oriented 13th Encuentro NYC festival, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Ethnic Vote for Trump Explained

The Ethnic Vote for Trump Explained

Communities, Elections 2016, Media, Video December 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at why some in the Latino, South Asian and other communities voted for Donald Trump.

(Image courtesy of Little, Brown Young Readers)

A New Book on Basquiat as a Young Artist

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Puerto Rican December 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

A new book tells the story of the “radiant child,” the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who died in 1988 at the age of 27. Brooklyn Daily Eagle interviews the book’s author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe.

Elaine Chao (middle) and her father Dr. James Chao (right) received and Outstanding Public Service Leadership Award from the Fu Jen Catholic University Alumni Association of New York in August this year. James Chao also received an honorary doctorate in business studies. (Photo by Joseph Hsu via World Journal)

Elaine Chao in Her Father’s Eyes

Government, Transportation December 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

On the day President-elect Donald Trump announced Elaine Chao as his pick for transportation secretary, World Journal spoke to her father about the nomination.

Harold Quito, 22, spoke about how he was able to earn an electrical worker certification while he served his sentence. (Photo via El Diario)

At Rikers Island, Studying Is Possible Too

Education, New York December 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

Thanks to a DOE program to help students serving jail time to finish their studies or learn a trade, hundreds of young Rikers Island inmates finish their secondary education every year, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Roberto Godillo, the son of Cuban parents. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tri-State Area Cubans Not as Emotional as in Miami Over Castro’s Death

Caribbean, Latino, Metro Area November 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

According to El Diario/La Prensa and Noticia, Cubans in the tri-state area feel at peace now that the former leader has passed, but most agree that Cuba still has a long way to freedom.

James McBride working with a piano student. (Photo via Red Hook Star-Revue)

Returning to Red Hook and Teaching Jazz

Brooklyn, Culture November 30, 2016 at 4:51 pm

A famous author teaches jazz piano in his childhood neighborhood, reports Red Hook Star-Revue.

(Photo via Desi Talk)

The ‘Story of Diwali,’ Broadway-style, in NJ

Culture, South Asian November 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

The multiethnic cast of “Ramayana and the story of Diwali” performed the ancient Indian tale in Jersey City on Nov. 19 in English, which the organizer told Desi Talk was key in appealing to a universal audience.

Tashi Choephel (second from right) won $7,000 from Uber to go toward renovating a community center for Tibetans. (Photo from Uber via QNS)

Uber Driver Wins Money to Help NYC Tibetan Community

Asian, Culture, Queens, Transportation November 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Uber driver Tashi Choephel of Queens received $7,000 through a company program, which he will use to help build a permanent center in Woodside for the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey organization, reports QNS.

A Fictional Account of Immigrants’ Lives, on the Web

A Fictional Account of Immigrants’ Lives, on the Web

Culture, Immigration, New York November 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

A new 10-part web series provides a fictional account of the lives of immigrants in NYC, reports Bushwick Daily.

Dominican resident Belkis Rodríguez walks with her grandson (in the stroller) in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, one of the most affected by pollution. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Pollution Causing Premature Deaths in Poor Neighborhoods

Environment, Health, New York, Transportation November 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm

According to a new report by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, pollution concentrated in poor areas – where most minorities live – is causing hundreds of premature deaths each year, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A rendition of the New York City AIDS memorial from its westernmost corner, with a view of the buildings that replaced St. Vincent's hospital east of the memorial. (Image via

Memorializing Victims of AIDS

Culture, Health, History, LGBTQ, Manhattan November 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

New York’s AIDS victims will be memorialized at a new site in Greenwich Village to be dedicated on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.