Articles by: Felipe Cabrera

Willa Bronce, principal dancer of Romera Flamenca, a flamenco group, performs her during the Opening of Tin Marin on Riverdale Avenue on April 4. (Marisol Dí­az via The Riverdale Press)

Voices in Focus: Family Brings Flamenco to the Bronx

Culture, Politics August 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Among today’s stories from New York City’s ethnic and community press: flamenco dancing in the Bronx; the human cost of “stop and frisk”; Jewish teens practice philanthropy; an international orchestra offers free classical music; a warning of a return to McCarthyism; and profiles of Latino characters from New York neighborhoods.

The Department of Transportion is cracking down on speedy deliverymen. (James Fanelli via DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: a Safety Crackdown on Food Deliverymen

Business, Politics August 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Among our stories today from New York City’s ethnic and community press: a crackdown on the city’s deliverymen; a call to stand up for voting rights; a vigil to save Alianza Dominicana; profiles of Ponzi scheme victims; and a New Jersey middle school makes Korean classes mandatory.

The owners of the Kum Kang San restaurants, located in Korea Town, Manhattan and Flushing, Queens, are being sued for not paying minimum wage. (Gloria Medina via El Diario)

Waiters, Supermarket Workers Take a Stand on Wage Theft

Business, Labor August 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Wage theft is a perennial issue for immigrants in New York City. Two recent El Diario stories tell of low-wage immigrant workers — at a restaurant and a supermarket — fighting back against bosses that they say exploited them.

Chris Kui (left) of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, testifying before the Districting Commission last Thursday. (Lincoln Anderson via The Villager)

Voices in Focus: Amplifying Asian, Latino Voices in Redistricting Process

Demographics, Elections 2012, Politics August 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

In today’s roundup of coverage of the New York City Council’s Districting Commission, which has held a series of hearings in each of the five boroughs, we found: discussions of a unified Asian-Latino district; the absence of Latinos at the Queens hearing; and popular support for reuniting Richmond Park and Ozone Park in one district.

(Leonardo Claudio via Amsterdam News)

Grandmas Occupying Street Corners to Prevent Violence

Crime August 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Last week members of the National Action Network, an organization founded by Al Sharpton, began standing on street corners at night in New York City to prevent gun violence, which they’ll continue to do for the next three weeks. The Amsterdam News explained the initiative and sought out some opinions on its likelihood of success.

(Via Manhattan Times)

Voices in Focus: Continued Strife Over Nets Arena

Culture, Education August 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

In today’s roundup: continued dissent over the new Nets Arena in Brooklyn; an organization that promotes traditional Dominican music; a Mexican musician who fashions instruments from scrap wood; bilingual Department of Motor Vehicles documents; and the first high school in the state to offer Portuguese classes.

Orthodox Union rabbis sought DNA testing help from American Museum of Natural History researcher Sebastien Kvist (seated, right) to learn the origins of microscopic worms in capelin roe (below) and sardines.  (American Museum of Natural History via Jewish Daily Forward)

Voices in Focus: Kosher Worms and Duck Fetuses

Culture, Food August 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Some advice regarding a couple of today’s stories selected from New York’s ethnic and community press: don’t read these around dinnertime, or if you have a delicate stomach.

A delegation of the New York Firefighters Department present Salvador Sanchez Cerén, vice president of El Savador, with flag with the names of deceased fire fighters.(Vicepresidencia de El Salvador via Tribuna Hispana)

Digesting the Salvadoran VP’s Controversial Visit to Long Island

History, Politics August 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

After word got out of Salvadoran Vice President Salvador Sanchez Cerén’s reported participation in demonstrations after 9/11 that involved burning the American flag, protesters greeted the visiting politician in Freeport, Long Island. La Tribuna Hispana ran a series of pieces examining the furor, including an interview with Cerén himself.

At a street fair in Astoria, Queens, Eric M. Mingott (left), Rubén Estrada (whose back is to the camera) and other members of the Queens Republican Party, including Julia Haich (in red), assembly candidate, Ore A. Jacinto (white shirt) of the Republican Committee of the state of New York and Tony Arcabascio (blue shirt), senate candidate. (Javier Castañeda via Queens Latino)

A Man on a Mission to Recruit NY’s Latino Voters For the GOP

Elections 2012, Politics August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Historically, Latinos have tended to vote for the Democratic ticket, and the Latinos in Queens are no exception. But Rubén Estrada wants to change that. He has made it his mission to build a Latino Republican base in the state, Queens Latino reported.

Ven Budhu works on a dress for a "Project Runway" challenge.  (Barbara Nitke via Queens Courier)

Voices in Focus: a Guyanese Local on ‘Project Runway’

Culture, Politics August 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Today our stories selected from New York’s ethnic and community press include: a Queens Guyanese-American on “Project Runway”; the sad news that a pending arranged marriage may have driven a local woman to take her life; an explanation of how city redistricting works; and a youth-produced radio station in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Prince David Pierce, with some of his campers. (Photo via Amsterdam News)

Voices in Focus: Girls Who Build Robots and Boys Who Man Up

Education, Sports August 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

To finish up the week we have two excellent stories about extracurricular youth education plucked from New York’s community and ethnic press.

Kristen Clarke (left), civil rights chief for the New York Attorney General, Fatima Shama, city immigrant affairs commisioner and Andrea Quarantillo, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services director of New York City. (Felipe Cabrera)

Some Questions and Answers on Deferred Action

Featured Posts, Immigration August 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

At Baruch College yesterday, city and federal government officials offered pointers and took questions about the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which started accepting applications on Wednesday.

A typical dance of th Ecuadoran mountain region during a show in New York. (Centro Cultural Ayazamana via El Diario)

The Cultural Diversity of Ecuador, Here in NYC

Culture August 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Ecuador, like the United States, is a country blessed with a vast, diverse population and a variety of rich cultures. El Diario La Prensa examined the practices and traditions brought to the New York area by expatriates from the South American nation.

Anthony Rodríguez is the first Hispanic to play the role of 'El Giglio', an Italian religious festival that takes place in El Barrio. (Via El DIario)

Voices in Focus: On Empty Stomachs, Vendors Cook Through Ramadan

Culture, Immigration, Video August 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Today marks the kick-off of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. We have a selection of stories on this milestone, as well as a video on how Muslim food vendors fast during Ramadan and a feature on the first Latino to play the lead role in an Italian festival in El Barrio.

A Tribuna Hispana reporter was denied access to the VIP area at the Salvadoran-American Day Festival. (Via

An Accusation of Censorship at Salvadoran Festival

Culture, Media, Politics August 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

After an editorial that criticized the financial oversight of the Salvadoran-American Day Festival on Long Island, one of La Tribuna Hispana’s photojournalists was denied access to the VIP area at the festival earlier this month in Hempstead. The publication is now accusing the festival’s organizers of censorship.