Metro Area

AmsterdamNews-A conversation on 'The State of Black Theater'

Searching for an Alternative to Tyler Perry in Black Theater

African American, Culture, Metro Area April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Black theater — both its successes and its challenges — was the topic of the day at a recent discussion at the Newark Public Library. In a discussion that included the playwright Amiri Baraka. The panelists bemoaned the current state of black theater and recalled its more glorious past.

Puerto Rican Flag in Police Photos of Drug Raid Haul Called Offensive

Crime, In the News, Metro Area, Puerto Rican March 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Photos of troopers from the New Jersey State Police posing by a cache of drugs, with one officer waving the Puerto Rican flag, have upset the Puerto Rican community and prompted an investigation, El Diario La Prensa reported last week.

Egyptians in New Jersey protest Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny for his actions in Tahrir Square and the timing of his concert.

Opinion: Egyptian Singer Deserved Wrath of Protesters at NJ concert

Metro Area, Middle Eastern, North African, Opinion February 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

In an impassioned editorial for Aramica, journalist Antoine Faisal condemned the Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny, who held a concert on Feb. 4 in Elizabeth, N.J., for his perceived collaboration with government forces in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution.

Voices in Focus: Seen as a Foe of Immigrants, Pol Becomes Their Benefactor

Culture, Education, Long Island, Metro Area, Politics February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

In a new video from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau, city teenagers drop some wisdom about the importance of education. Also: an unintentional gift to an immigrants’ rights group; a drop in AIDS deaths among the city’s blacks; and an Australian investigation into child sex abuse in the Chabad community extends to the United States.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer angered organizers of the city's Saint Patrick Day Parade by trying to move the event to a Wednesday.

Quarrel over Hoboken Saint Patrick’s Day parade escalates

Culture, Metro Area, Western European February 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm

The war of words over Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade continues. In the latest development, the city’s St. Patrick’s Committee canceled this year’s celebration because of a dispute with Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Your Voices: Tell us your experience reporting on the NYPD

Metro Area January 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

WNYC this morning reported on the NYPD’s “reputation for intense secrecy.” As members of the community and ethnic media, what has been your experience seeking information from your local police precincts or from the NYPD’s office of public information? Please share your stories and views in the comments below, or on Facebook.

Families fight banks for loan modifications

African American, Economy, Housing, Latino, Metro Area, Video January 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm
Immigrants on Ellis Island circa 1900

Waiver to keep undocumented spouses in US

Immigration, Metro Area, Politics January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

The Immigration Department (USCIS) is proposing a change to rules governing how spouses and adult children of American citizens get their immigration status adjusted.

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Sen. Menendez named Grand Marshal of Greek parade

Culture, In the News, Metro Area, New York, Politics, Western European January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez has been selected as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Greek Parade in New York City. Greek News reports that Menendez was chosen because of his support for Cyprus and Greek national causes.

José Navarro Deras, who just turned 102 years old, turned his dream into a reality: having his story appear in El Diario la Prensa.

Papi, 102, gets birthday wish to tell his story

Latino, Metro Area January 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

José Navarro Deras, born on January 3, 1910, has a memory that many young people would envy. He celebrated his 102nd birthday with his greatest wish coming true.

Queens children appeal for release of detained dad

Kids press for detained dad’s release

Immigration, Metro Area, Queens December 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Two Queens children are asking the federal government to release their dad from an immigration detention center in New Jersey. Bangladesh national Taimur Hussain has been detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center for eight months.

Press release from the Office of the District Attorney on the indictment of Dr. Kulik and his wife, Oksana Shulim.

Medicaid fraud charges for Russian-American doctor, wife

Brooklyn, Health, In the News, Metro Area December 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Dr. Pavel Kulik, a specialist in internal organs, wouldn’t want anyone to investigate his internal affairs. Kulik’s name translates in English to mean sandpiper. And while Russians refer to the old proverb “Every sandpiper swaggers about his swamp,” this is probably not a swamp he’d like to swagger about.

Congressman Andre Carson

Congressman calls Muslim women to politics

Communities, Culture, Metro Area, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

At a dinner held in New York, Congressman André Carson of Indiana called for Muslims, women in particular, to get involved in American politics.

Turkish cooking classes in New Jersey provide more than lessons in preparing dishes.

Turkish dishes for the holidays

Eastern European, In the News, Metro Area December 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

The women’s branch of Turkish Cultural Center in New Jersey (TCCNJ) held Turkish cooking classes, just in time for students to include Turkish dishes in their holiday menus.

Riders against privatization of Nassau County bus service.

Hundreds protest MTA bus privatization plan

Economy, Latino, Metro Area December 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Saying privatizing public transportation in Nassau County will hurt workers and residents who rely on the county’s buses, several hundred people—many of them immigrants from Latin America–turned out for a hearing on the issue on Dec. 5.