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Venezuelans Prepare to Vote Amid Rising Violence

Venezuelans Prepare to Vote Amid Rising Violence

Crime, Latino, South American April 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

New York Venezuelans held a vigil in Times Square to bring attention to the rise in violence in the South American nation, just a few days before Sunday’s critical presidential elections to replace the late Hugo Chávez.

Vigil for Hugo Chávez in the Venezuelan Consulate of New York (Photo by Mariela Lombard, via El Diario/La Prensa).

Chávez’s Death Met With Grief, Relief

In the News, Latino, Politics, South American March 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

The passing of Hugo Chávez last Tuesday has been felt in New York City, where dozens of people mourned the Venezuelan President in a memorial vigil at the Venezuelan Consulate, while others welcomed his passing, El Diario/La Prensa and Hunts Point Express report.

From left to right, Juan Carlos Carvajal, director of the Colombian Film Festival NYC, film promoter Diana Vargas (standing), Consul Elsa Gladys Cifuentes, and actors Kika Child and Juan Fisher (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Colombian Film Boom Fuels First NY Festival

Culture, In the News, Latino, Media, South American February 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

A growing film output in Colombia and the government’s interest in promoting the South American nation abroad has led to the creation of the first Colombian film festival in New York, reports Queens Latino.

Ecuadorean Roots Run Deep, Here and at Home

Ecuadorean Roots Run Deep, Here and at Home

Business, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, South American February 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

As tens of thousands of Ecuadoreans in the metro area prepare to vote in Ecuador’s general elections this Sunday, Feb. 17, El Diario-La Prensa reports extensively on this growing South American community whose numbers reach 600,000 in the tri-state area according to estimates.

African Beats Welcome Brazilian Cultural Center

African Beats Welcome Brazilian Cultural Center

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Food, South American, Video February 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

After years of planning, New York’s first Afro-Brazilian institution – the Ofá Cultural Center – was finally born late last year. The center hopes to celebrate Brazil’s cultural diversity and ethnic richness through music, dance, food and literature events.

(Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Ecuadorean Party in Queens Unveils Campaign for Seats Back Home

Immigration, Politics, Queens, South American January 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Ecuador’s Partido Avanza introduced in Queens its candidates for the National Assembly. The four are running for the chance to represent Ecuadoreans living in the U.S. and Canada in their homeland’s main legislative body, reports Queens Latino.

Brazilian Directors Celebrated in MoMA’s Classic Films Fest

Brazilian Directors Celebrated in MoMA’s Classic Films Fest

Culture, South American October 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Films by acclaimed Brazilian directors, including Humberto Mauro, will be screened in the 10th edition of “To Save and Project,” MoMA’s international film preservation festival running through Nov. 12, the Brazilian Press reported.

Venezuelan New Yorkers can vote in Sunday's presidential elections back home at the Consulate.

NY Venezuelans Vote at Consulate to Keep or Boot Chavez

Latino, Politics, South American October 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Venezuelan New Yorkers share their thoughts on Sunday’s elections back home when President Hugo Chavez will face his strongest challenge in 14 years in power, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Joel Stones, owner of Lower East Side music store Tropicalia in Furs, showcases Tim Maia's rare 1975 record, "Racional, Volume 1."

70th Birthday Party for Brazilian Soul Pioneer

Culture, Featured Posts, South American September 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

The father of Brazilian soul music, the legendary Tim Maia, will be feted in New York and 10 other cities Sept. 28 on what would have been his 70th birthday.

As the U.S. economy tanked, many Brazilians have headed back home. (Photo via Brazilian Times)

Brazilians Returning Home Arrive Empty-Handed

Economy, South American September 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Brazilians immigrants who made a living in the U.S. for years but lost their jobs in the economic downturn are heading home “with nothing in their pockets,” reports the Brazilian Times.

Luis Salazar as "Payasito Chiquitin." Photo by Paul DeBenedetto/DNAinfo.

Photograher Finds New Life as Clown

Queens, South American September 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

As a kid, Peruvian Luis Salazar’s dream was to became a photographer, like his father was for the Peruvian newspaper El Tiempo. But instead, for the last 20 years he’s make a living as the well-know clown “Payasito Chiquitin” in Queens.

(Photo from Thomas Hawk/Flickr, via Women's eNews)

Middle-Class Brazilian Immigrants Turn to Exotic Dancing

Labor, South American July 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

A Brazilian professor has written a book that explores why some middle class Brazilian women immigrants work as exotic dancers in New York, and argues that they find they work less demeaning than domestic labor. Women’s eNews ran an excerpt of “Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York” by Suzana Maia.

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.

Voices in Focus: A Family Split by ICE, Then Splintered by Social Services

Asian, Culture, Immigration, South American February 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

A petition to reunite a family; a Hasidic custody battle fought on Facebook; Hondurans abroad react to news of prison fire; The Jewish Week crowd-sources its Passover coverage; and a journalist explains why he dropped a personal bombshell.

Alê Souto's "Walking Man," on display at FB gallery.

Brazilian plastic artist makes mark on NYC

Culture, In the News, South American January 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

From December 16 to January 28, Brazilian plastic artist Alê Souto displays his exposition, Metropole Remix, inspired by the book, “Invisible Cities,” by writer Ítalo Calvino. The exhibition consists of a mural covering the entire first floor of the FB gallery in New York City.