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Bang on a drum: Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform at the Bang on a Can Festival at the Brooklyn Museum on May 6. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Brooklyn Daily)

30th Year of ‘Bang on a Can’

Asian, Culture, Eastern European, Middle Eastern May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

On May 6, musicians will gather at the Brooklyn Museum for the 30th year of the “Bang on a Can” music festival, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Among the current projects at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an exploration of different Colombian dance rhythms. (Photo courtesy of CTMD via City Limits)

Immigrants and the Arts

City Limits profiles an organization that offers cross-cultural initiatives featuring the music and dance of different immigrant cultures.

The caption reads: “An artist is always inspired by the realities of life; their artwork is an escape to express their feelings. This particular painting displays the feeling of missing home. Red, the color of extremes, illustrates how intense being away from home can get.” (Photo via BKLYNER)

Turkish Cultural Center Holds Friendship Dinner

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern May 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

The Turkish Culture Center Brooklyn celebrated cultural diversity and honored borough leaders at its eighth annual Friendship Dinner and Award ceremony, report Kings County Politics and BKLYNER.

Turks Here Question Referendum Results

Turks Here Question Referendum Results

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York April 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Turks in the metropolitan New York area were discouraged by the results of the recent referendum in Turkey, and expressed concern for the country’s future.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem will officially launch his run for the 43rd district council seat in Brooklyn on Sunday Feb. 26. (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

El-Yateem Leads in Fundraising

Brooklyn, Government, Middle Eastern March 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Palestinian pastor Khader El-Yateem leads in fundraising for the 43rd District City Council seat race, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Politics report.

Panel Held on Arab Immigrants’ Rights

Panel Held on Arab Immigrants’ Rights

Brooklyn, Immigration, Middle Eastern March 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

The Arab American Family Support Center held a panel on immigrants’ rights following the first executive order about immigrant travel restrictions, including on nationals from certain Arab countries. Ghorba News reported on the panel.

Hakki Akdeniz in one of his Champion Pizza locations (Photo by Orhan Akkurt for Voices of NY)

A Pizza Entrepreneur’s Journey from Eastern Turkey to NYC

Hakki Akdeniz is a Turkish pizza maker who’s built a miniempire in New York City.

Turkish Day Parade Held
Turkish Americans marked the Turkish Day Parade on May 21.

Turkish Day Parade Held

Best of 2016, Manhattan, Middle Eastern May 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Turkish Americans marked the Turkish Day Parade on May 21.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem will officially launch his run for the 43rd district council seat in Brooklyn on Sunday Feb. 26. (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

Palestinian-Born Pastor Runs for Office

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Politics February 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Bethlehem-born Rev. Khader El-Yateem is running for the City Council seat in his home district in Brooklyn, and hopes to work as a bridge-builder in the community.

Linda Sarsour (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Linda Sarsour Leaving Arab American Association

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern February 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Bay Ridge activist Linda Sarsour announced she will step down as the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York “to focus my energy on the national level,” reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Khader El-Yateem (Photo by Aslan Media, Creative Commons license)

First Palestinian-American to Run for Public Office in NYC

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Rev. Khader El-Yateem of Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge has joined the race for the 43rd District City Council Seat, reports Kings County Politics.

Brooklynites Supporting Arab Neighbors

Brooklynites Supporting Arab Neighbors

Brooklyn, Business, Middle Eastern February 14, 2017 at 5:25 pm

A new poster campaign expresses support for Arab neighbors in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and elsewhere, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Kurdish protestors on 8th Avenue three months ago, asking the  New York Times to cover the violence in Cizre. (Photo by Noah Caldwell for Voices of NY)

Kurdish Diaspora Making Its Voice Heard

The small Kurdish diaspora in the U.S. has become more active and vocal about violence against Kurds in Turkey.

Muslim Americans pray outside Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport on Feb. 3. (Photos by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

Jummah at JFK

Featured Posts, Immigration, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Muslim February 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Outside Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York, dozens of Muslim Americans gathered for the Jummah prayer, the Friday prayer service.

Saleh Kassim at Cortelyou Smoke Shop & Deli. (Photo by Carly Miller via BKLYNER)

Yemeni Bodega Owners in Brooklyn Speak Out

Brooklyn, Business, Middle Eastern, Muslim February 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Before the Yemeni-owners of bodegas across the city shuttered their doors in protest of the “Muslim ban,” BKLYNER spoke to some of them in Ditmas Park for their take on the executive order.