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On Nov. 6, 2012, Michaelle Solages became the first Haitian elected to the New York State Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Michaelle Solages via The Haitian Times)

Thirteen Haitians to Watch in 2013

Caribbean, New York February 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

The Haitian Times highlighted 13 leading figures of its community in the New York metro area, including politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals and artists, reported Manolia Charlotin.

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Communities Have a Ball for Obama’s Inauguration

Caribbean, In the News, Latino, Politics, South Asian January 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Local media outlets offer their perspective on Barack Obama’s second inauguration: From the large presence of Latino personalities, to the first “Indiaspora Inaugural Ball,” to the Haitians who helped re-elect Obama.

(Photo by Marc Aberdeen via Flickr Creative Commons)

Parang Music Festival Brings Caribbean Roots to Brooklyn

Caribbean, Culture November 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Trinidad & Tobago’s Parang music, a sort of Christmas caroling, has its roots in Spanish parrandas, reported Carib News. Nowadays, it has evolved into new musical forms called Chutney Parang and Soca Parang.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Michaelle Solages became the first Haitian elected to the New York State Assembly. (Photo courtesy of Michaelle Solages via The Haitian Times)

Nassau Woman Becomes First Haitian in NYS Assembly

Michaelle Solages became the first person of Haitian descent elected to New York State Assembly on November 6. However, instead of celebrating, the former photojournalist is helping her Sandy-stricken frustrated neighbors in Nassau’s District 22, reports The Haitian Times.

Gustavo Padilla says he fears more for the living than the dead and enjoy their work. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via EDLP)

Working in Peace Among the Dead

Brooklyn, Caribbean, In the News, Labor, Puerto Rican November 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Employees at Green Wood cemetery such as Gustavo Padilla enjoy the tranquility and quiet of days spent gardening and restoring old tombs at the historic 174-years-old Brooklyn graveyard, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Image via Carib News website

Carib News Marks 30 Years as ‘Bridge Between Peoples of Color’

African American, Caribbean, Media October 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm

New York Carib News celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and in a piece headlined “Looking to the Future” addressed the challenges of a changing media landscape while tipping its hat to the Freedom Journal, America’s first Black newspaper launched in the 1820s.

Ronald Glemaud in his kitchen preparing food. (Photo: Nadege Fleurimond/Feet in 2 Worlds)

Podcast: Immigration to the U.S. Draws Haitian Men into the Kitchen

Caribbean, Food, Immigration May 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Can immigration subvert traditional gender roles? Reporter Nadege Fleurimond of Feet in 2 Worlds found that for some Haitian men, living in the United States has meant stepping into the kitchen, a territory that they were raised to think of as a woman’s domain.

"I hope that politicans can solve the big problems, like domestic violence, corruption and the economy," said Claudia Sánchez while waving the Dominican flag. (Photo by Gerardo Romo/EDLP)

Dominicans in NYC Gear Up For Sunday’s Presidential Elections

Caribbean, Dominican, Politics May 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

The Dominican Republic will hold its presidential and congressional elections this Sunday, and with 1.4 million Dominicans living in the United States — and nearly 600,000 in New York City alone — the election in this country of just under 10 million could end up being decided by those in the diaspora.

Crystal Roman, an Afro-Puerto Rican actress, said she has had trouble landing roles because of her multiracial background. (Photo by Dervedia Thomas/Amsterdam News)

Despite Racism in Latino Culture, Afro-Latinas Embrace Their Heritage

Caribbean, Demographics, Dominican April 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Racism within Latino culture against people of African ancestry has persisted for quite some time, but many Afro-Latinas are expressing a new pride in their African and Hispanic ancestry, Amsterdam News reports.

At 106, Iris Gibbs still has plenty to say. (Photo via NationNews.com)

Profile: A 106-Year-Old With Plenty Left to Say

Caribbean, Culture March 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Here at Voices of NY, newspapers are our bread and butter. So we were tickled to read this profile of Iris Gibbs, a 106-year-old Queens resident who grew up in Barbados and has never owned a television or radio. She stays current by reading newspapers every day.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Caribbean, Immigration, South Asian March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The Carib News reported on complaints from the Caribbean community that a proposed change to immigration rules would unfairly favor Indian and Chinese migrants, while News India Times aired concerns that Indians are being denied visas in increasing numbers.

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Residents packed a hearing at Queens Borough Hall on proposed new legislative district lines.

Voices in Focus: More Anger at Proposed Redistricting Lines

African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Latino, New York, Politics February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The conversation on controversial proposed redistricting lines continued across New York City and its suburbs over the last few weeks, with hearings and protests by residents. Here is another sampling of coverage from the community and ethnic press.

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Haitian footballers make mark on NFL and mainstream America

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Opinion January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This is a time-tested ritual long practiced by our aggrieved, proud communities in the Diaspora: the meticulous but truculent search for any noticeable signs that give us a sure measure of our success or defeat in the murkily impervious United States of America.