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Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

Opinion: ‘Why I’m Skipping the March on Washington’

African American, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, Opinion, Politics, Women January 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

In an opinion piece in Colorlines, Jamilah Lemieux describes her feelings about an “absence of sisterhood” with white women that is keeping her away from the Women’s March on Washington.

Oscar López-Rivera spent 35 years behind bars. (Photo via El Diario)

Oscar López Rivera’s Commuted Sentence Celebrated in NY

Puerto Rican January 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

New York Puerto Rican leaders, activists and artists reacted joyfully to President Obama’s commutation of FALN member Oscar López Rivera’s sentence after 35 years in prison, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Artist Cecilia Villar-Eljuri is one of the organizers at the Women’s March on New York. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Latinas Get Ready for Women’s March on NYC

Latino, Manhattan, Women January 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm

Many Latinas will be front and center at the historic New York demonstration against President Trump in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Judge tk on left and judge tk on right (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Two New Chinese Judges Share Their Faith in Law

Criminal Justice, East Asian, New York January 18, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Two Chinese-American women recently named as judges speak with Sing Tao Daily about how they became lawyers and what the new positions mean for them.

An ensemble by Duro Olowu, a Nigerian-Jamaican designer based in London, featured in the exhibition (Photo via FIT)

Black Fashion Designers on Exhibit at FIT

Black, Culture, Manhattan January 18, 2017 at 1:31 pm

For the first time at The Museum at FIT, an exhibition recognizes the contributions of Black designers to the fashion industry. Downtown Express reports on the show.

Hamlet, Chinese Opera Style

Hamlet, Chinese Opera Style

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Video January 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

A Chinese opera star performed Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in one of the oldest styles of Chinese opera, reports SinoVision English Channel.

The family of Rafael Rodríguez – his fiancée Marlenis De Los Santos and his children Rafael and Camila – outside the Varick Street immigration court. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Reprieve for Nearly Deported Dominican

Dominican, Immigration, Long Island, New York January 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

The case of a Dominican man who was granted parole after being detained for one year, pending deportation after a 14-year-old crime, becomes a wake-up call for the immigrant community in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Diners at a Chinese restaurant (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Businesses Worry About Minimum Wage Hike

Business, East Asian January 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Owners of Chinese restaurants and some food shops are complaining about the business costs of the recent increase in the minimum wage mandated by New York state, reports World Journal.

Children from the District 20 pre-K hold signs quoting Dr. King at the peace march. (Photo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

How Some Brooklynites Marked MLK Day

African American, Brooklyn, Immigration, Youth January 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Across Brooklyn, MLK Day was marked by rallies for peace and against hate.

The community attended the board session in Mamaroneck on Monday, where support for the campaign seeking to issue driver’s licenses was approved. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

Mamaroneck Joins Westchester Driver’s Licenses Campaign

Metro Area, Transportation January 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Mamaroneck is the latest Westchester town to join a campaign in support of statewide driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, Westchester Hispano reports.

(Photo courtesy of Bébénoir via Amsterdam News)

African Fashion Boutique Expands in Harlem

African, Business, Manhattan January 17, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Clothing company Bébénoir, started by a husband and wife team with African roots, has opened a second location in Harlem, reports Amsterdam News.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Competition Elects Best Puerto Rican Coquito in New Jersey

Food, Metro Area, Puerto Rican January 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Newark hosted its annual New Jersey Coquito Masters Competition, which awarded the best locally-made coquito, a rum and coconut milk beverage considered Puerto Rico’s national drink, Reporte Hispano reports.

Martin Luther King Jr. gives his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (Creative Commons photo)

Honoring Martin Luther King in NYC

African American, Brooklyn, Culture, Queens January 13, 2017 at 5:12 pm

A “March Against Hate” in Bay Ridge and a commemoration event at Queens College are among the events over the weekend in honor of Martin Luther King, neighborhood publications report. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News looks at how King’s birthday comes five days before Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Borough President Gale Brewer at left of Rolando Guzman, Rolando Guzman, deputy director of community preservation at St. Nicks Alliance in Brooklyn, who is explaining a12-bill package of legislation that has the goal of correcting and reforming D.O.B. procedures. (Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via The Villager)

Fighting ‘Construction as Harassment’

Housing, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Aggrieved tenants of rent-controlled properties attended a town hall on Jan. 10 to urge that new legislation force the DOB to penalize landlords using “construction as harassment,” reports The Villager.

A postcard of Essex and Hester streets on the Lower East Side. (Image courtesy of the Blavatnik Archive Foundation)

The ‘Jewish Ghetto’ Through Postcards

History, Immigration, Jewish, Manhattan January 13, 2017 at 3:39 pm

An exhibit at the Museum at Eldridge Street features postcards from the early 20th century that portray the life of immigrants from Eastern Europe on the Lower East Side, reports Tablet.