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(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.

Consuelo Quintero in front of Natives in Queens, NY.

Natives restaurant closes its doors

Queens, South American November 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The iconic Colombian restaurant Natives, in Jackson Heights, Queens, has closed its doors because of a long legal dispute between the owner of the building and the proprietor. Natives opened its doors in 1990. Through the years, the Colombian restaurant gained popularity amongst the residents in the neighborhood.

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

Culture, Metro Area, South American, Uncategorized October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

“The price that is put on a piece of art should be in accordance to what the artist has achieved.” This was what Camilo Rojas, distinguished artist and professor, told me before wishing me goodbye alongside his wife, artist Virginia Lavado. Camilo and Virginia are two of the most inspiringRead More

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Metro Area, South American October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Brazil’s Urban Dance Company interprets the contemporary violence between favela gangs and police through hip-hop and Brazilian dance.

Spanish-language media stays strong as English-language media struggles

Spanish-language media stays strong as English-language media struggles

Caribbean, Central American, In the News, New York, South American September 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Over the past year, Hispanic media performed better than its English-language counterparts in the U.S., according to a news study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Spanish-language print circulation declined overall, but not nearly as much as English-language print publications. In fact, Spanish-language daily newspaper circulation actuallyRead More

Undocumented Latino workers are protected in the United States

Central American, In the News, New York, South American September 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has signed an agreement with the ambassadors of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador, which protects the labor rights of migrant workers from these countries who are employed in the United States. Regardless of their immigration status, workers may seek advice orRead More