(Photo by Sally Nnamani via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Immigrant Black Women on Hair and Fitting In

African, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration, In the News June 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

What role does hair play when it comes to assimilating in as a black immigrant woman in the United States? A Feet in 2 World podcast gathers answers from women from African and Caribbean countries.

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Brooklyn Haitians Honored for Country’s Flag Day

Caribbean, Culture, Video May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

An Haitian Flag Day awards ceremony in Brooklyn honored members of the community for their contributions, accompanied by the pulsating beats of Haitian dancing and drumming.

Members of the Caribbean community worry about the increasing susceptibility of young people in East Flatbush to gangs. (Photo by Tom Giebel, Flickr Creative Commons License)

West Indian Youth Join Gangs to Fill Void at Home

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Crime, Social Services April 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

Carib News finds community members worried that Caribbean youth have started turning to gangs as a result of a lack of attention and comfort at home, where working parents do not always have the time or resources to provide the care their kids need.

A scene from "Stones in the Sun." (Photo from Woch Nan Soley via Haitian Times)

Haiti Film Captures Voices ‘Left Unheard’

Caribbean, Culture, In the News April 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

The Haitian Times sits down with Haitian-American filmmaker Patricia Benoit at a recent festival screening of her film, “Stones in the Sun.” The director strives for a complex portrayal of the people of Haiti – starting long before the earthquake.

“The photos are very feminine and elegant, but still very sexy,” said Desiree Browne.
Photo: Rubén Henríquez

Dominican Pin-Ups ‘de Pura Cepa’

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Latino March 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The “Pin-Up de Pura Cepa” photo exhibit in Washington Heights presents Dominican women posing in the pin-up style of the 1950s and 1960s, reports Manhattan Times. Some attendees themselves dressed in pin-up attire.

Powerball jackpot winner Pedro Quezada and his wife Inés Sánchez. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario-La Prensa).

One Lottery Ticket, Many Winners

Caribbean, In the News, Latino, Metro Area, South Asian March 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm

After Pedro Quezada won the $338 million Powerball jackpot, El Diario focused on his Dominican background, while Desi Talk concentrated on the Indian native who owned the store that sold the winning ticket.

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.