Culture

Trinidad and Guyana nationals proudly display their countries’ flags and colors at the Phagwah celebrations. (Photo by Tangerine Clarke via Caribbean Life)

Thirty Years of Phagwah

Culture, Queens April 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm

The Indo-Caribbean and Hindu communities celebrated the 30th annual Phagwah Parade in Queens with some help from the city, reports Caribbean Life.

Actor, filmmaker and producer Attika J. Torrence at his home in Bed-Stuy. (Photo via BK Reader)

On Trayvon Martin, Wakanda, Bed-Stuy and More

African, African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence talks with BK Reader about the Trayvon Martin docu-series he co-produced, and about growing up in Bed-Stuy and Liberia.

(Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Bengali New Year in Kensington

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian April 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Kensington residents celebrated the Bengali New Year with events that included a magic show and parade, and a performance by a Brazilian drumline, reports Bklyner.

Cubans dancing in Union City (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

A Documentary about NJ’s Most Populated Latino City

Culture, Latino, Metro Area April 16, 2018 at 4:18 pm

The documentary “Union City, U.S.A.” chronicles the biggest predominantly Latino city in New Jersey, sometimes called “Havana on the Hudson,” Reporte Hispano writes.  

The Escuela de Mariachi Angeles de NY at the Consulate General Of Hungary in New York in February (Photo via Facebook)

School Keeps Mariachi Tradition Alive in New York

Culture, Manhattan, Mexican, New York, Youth April 11, 2018 at 11:47 am

Founded in East Harlem in 2016, the Escuela de Mariachi Ángeles de NY teaches mariachi to children as young as 6, Diario de México USA reports.

Carolina Fuentes - aka Mila Tina - at the OLE East End Pachanga For Peace and Unity concert at the Bay Street Theater on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 (Photo courtesy of Carolina Fuentes via RiverheadLOCAL en Español)

Latina Empowerment at Sag Harbor Dance and Music Celebration

Culture, Latino, Long Island, Women April 6, 2018 at 2:19 pm

The event Pachanga 2018 ¡Viva La Mujer!, featuring a musician who is a victim of sexual assault, focuses on the empowerment of Latina women in eastern Long Island, RiverheadLOCAL en Español reports.

Maya Dixon (Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

‘Essence of Soul’: Award-Winning Art by a Young Bronx Artist

Black, Bronx, Culture, Youth April 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

Maya Dixon, one of the gold award winners of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, talks about her art, which features scenes from the Bronx, with The Riverdale Press.

Brooklyn Museum (Photo by Peter Miller/Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/Wsbmyw)

Outcry Over Brooklyn Museum’s Hire for African Art

African, Brooklyn, Culture March 28, 2018 at 5:01 pm

The appointment of the Brooklyn Museum’s new consulting curator for African art, as reported by BK Reader, was not well received.

‘Saturday Chinese’ in Chinatown

‘Saturday Chinese’ in Chinatown

Culture, East Asian, Education, Manhattan, Video, Youth March 26, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Get a glimpse inside a Chinese language school for children in Chinatown through a series produced by SinoVision.

Patrick Charpenel leads El Museo del Barrio’s renovation and new path. (Photo by Jesús García via El Diario)

El Museo del Barrio Reinvents Itself

Culture, Latino, Manhattan March 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

In an interview with El Diario/La Prensa, Patrick Charpenel, the new director of El Museo del Barrio, which will turn 50 next year, lays out his ambitious plans.

Acariciando El Chivo (Caressing the Goat) by Scherezade Garcia (Photo by Vania Andre via The Haitian Times)

Artists from DR and Haiti Explore a Complicated Past

Caribbean, Culture, History March 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm

BRIC is holding an exhibit of artists from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and their diasporas through April 29, report The Haitian Times and Brooklyn Paper.

City Council member Laurie Cumbo at the 2016 Irish Book Day giveaway (Screen shot from Voices of NY video)

#GetLit – A St. Patrick’s Day Book Giveaway

Culture, New York, Western European March 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

The Irish Arts Center is holding its eighth annual book giveaway this Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, at a dozen pop-up locations around the five boroughs.

Sonia Sanchez, subject of Sabrina Scott Gordon's documentary (From Facebook page for BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez)

‘Gathering at the Waters’: National Black Writers Conference

Black, Brooklyn, Culture March 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm

The 14th National Black Writers Conference is being held at Medgar Evers College March 22-25, reports BK Reader.

Lola Flash, "Incarceration." (Courtesy of the artist, via The Brooklyn Rail)

Lola Flash on Incarceration and More

Black, Culture, LGBTQ, Manhattan March 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Artist and activist Lola Flash is interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail about her retrospective exhibit.

Photo by Nina Subin

Junot Díaz on Island Memories and ‘Islandborn’

Brooklyn, Culture, Dominican March 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

Brooklyn Daily talked with Junot Díaz about his new children’s book “Islandborn.”