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Sarahlynn Pablo speaks with fellow workshop participant Yewande Komolafe. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

‘Plantains Means There’s Always Food in the Home’

Culture, Food, Immigration, New York August 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

In audio stories from Feet in 2 Worlds, first- and second-generation immigrants speak about the food staples from their respective cultures.

(Photo by Dante Bowen via BK Reader)

Activism at Afropunk

Black, Brooklyn, Culture August 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm

A BK Reader story explains how “Afropunk has never been your typical music festival.”

Menesky Magloire plays a horn commonly used for Haitian rara music. (Photo by Stefano Giovannini via Caribbean Life)

A Pre-J’Ouvert Celebration

Caribbean, Culture August 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm

A pre-J’Ouvert gathering of Caribbean musicians and dancers showcased their art in front of the Brooklyn Public Library, reports Caribbean Life.

A Nepalese Singer in the Country of Dreams

A Nepalese Singer in the Country of Dreams

Culture, Queens, South Asian August 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Sapana Shree sings songs of home at restaurants in Jackson Heights, Vishwanews.com reports.

Haitian Folk Songs ‘Rearranged’

Haitian Folk Songs ‘Rearranged’

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Video August 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

An Irish-Russian-Haitian singer performs, and speaks about, “rearranged” traditional Haitian songs at the BRIC TV studio.

Nicolas Bouchad and Judith Henry in the play "Interview." (Photo via France-Amérique)

Bringing French Theater to NJ

Culture, Western European August 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

French actors, directors and plays are coming to Princeton University for a theater festival, reports France-Amérique.

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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.