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Immigrant Actors Speak Out

Culture, Immigration, New York August 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

An Astoria resident has started a project that brings to light the experiences faced by immigrant actors in NYC, reports QNS.

The Indian Flag is raised at the Capitol Bulding in Hartford, CT (Photo via News India Times)

Tri-state India Day Parades

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian, Traditions August 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

News India Times reports on numerous smaller Indian independence day celebrations ahead of New York City’s Aug. 20 celebration.

At the MOCA exhibit against hate crimes (Photo via World Journal)

In Chinatown, Young Artists Condemn Hate Crimes

Culture, East Asian, Education, Manhattan, New York August 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm

High school students produced works for an anti-hate crimes exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America, World Journal reports.

Gaston Almonte (Courtesy of the artist)

‘Speak Up, Rise Up’: A Storytelling Festival

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics August 10, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Combining activism and storytelling, Asher Novek organizes six days of storytelling in NYC.

Image of the planned NY Korea Center (Image via Korea Times)

The NY Korea Center: A Boondoggle?

Culture, East Asian August 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

A member of Korea’s National Assembly says that the Korean Cultural Center New York has wasted money on a project that has not begun construction for nine years, reports The Korea Times.

DanceAfrica (Image via video)

Black Summer Culture in Brooklyn

Black, Brooklyn, Culture August 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

A Brooklyn Deep podcast examines how Black culture thrives in the summer in Brooklyn, and also how summers have changed in the communities.

(Photo via El Diario)

As Moya’s Prospects Improve, So Does Ecuadoreans’ Clout in the City

Culture, Queens, South American August 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Ecuadoreans in Queens celebrated their 35th Independence Day Parade by reflecting on their community’s growing influence in the city, exemplified in the rising prospects of Francisco Moya in the upcoming Democratic City Council primaries, El Diario/La Prensa and Queens Latino report.

Aeilushi Mistry preparing to place lamps onto the East River at the Aarti Lamp Ceremony, Brooklyn Bridge Park (Photo by Nathan Haselby via BKLYNER)

A Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Religion, South Asian August 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Lamps were placed onto the East River during the annual Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 5 hosted by artist Aeilushi Mistry, reports BKLYNER.

At the Loíza festival. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Celebrating Afro-Latin Roots at Loíza Festival

African, Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican August 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Crowds gathered in East Harlem for the Loíza festival, named for the city in Puerto Rico that is home to the largest community of African descendants, writes Manhattan Times.

Friends of SIronka Dance Troupe have run into Homeland Security red tape threatening their October performance at the Brooklyn Museum for the Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (Photo courtesy of BSMAA via Our Time Press)

Visa Woes for Bed-Stuy African Art Museum

African, Brooklyn, Culture August 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm

The executive director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art describes to Our Time Press the difficulties in applying for a visa for a Kenyan dance troupe.

(Photo via Diario de México)

The New Face of Classical Music Blooming in Queens

Culture, Mexican, Queens July 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

A classical music duo formed by two Mexican immigrants is now giving music lessons to kids in working-class neighborhoods in Queens, Diario de México USA reports.

Children from Our Lady of Sorrows Academy Summer Program sing Louis Armstrong’s beloved “What a Wonderful World” at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new education center dedicated to the jazz legend. (Photo by Michael Gannon via Queens Chronicle)

Jazzed About the New Louis Armstrong Center

Culture, Queens July 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Jazz aficionados and public officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Louis Armstrong House Museum Education Center, slated to open in 2019 across from the house in Corona where the musician and his wife lived, report Queens publications.

Sara Seidman, wife of Dr. Hillel Seidman, seen here talking to school children about a cloth (displayed) upon which her husband wrote a plea for rescue and which was smuggled out of the Vittel internment camp. Dr. Seidman was an archivist, researcher, and author. He kept a diary (also in this exhibition) chronicling the final days of the Warsaw Ghetto. (Photo via the Amud Aish Facebook page)

A Holocaust Museum for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Jewish July 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

The Amud Aish Memorial Museum and Kleinman Holocaust Education Center will be the first Holocaust museum in Brooklyn when it fully opens. Unlike the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Amud Aish approaches the Holocaust from the perspective of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, reports Tablet.

Consul General of Colombia in New York María Isabel Pérez, left. (Photo via El Diario)

Colombians in Queens Celebrate Independence and Peace

Culture, Latino, Queens July 24, 2017 at 5:42 pm

At the 16th Colombian Independence Day Parade on Sunday in Jackson Heights the recent peace accord took center stage, El Diario/La Prensa and Queens Latino report.

Burmese New Year Marked in Elmhurst

Burmese New Year Marked in Elmhurst

The Burmese community marked the New Year in Elmhurst, at a time when the weather is similar to that in Myanmar, where it is celebrated in April.