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A troupe of artists from the Urban Bush Women will examine beauty, race, and identity through the lens of hair at “Hair and Other Stories,” opening at Bric Arts Media on Jan. 31. (Photo by Hayim Heron via Brooklyn Paper)

Telling ‘Hair and Other Stories’ in Brooklyn

Black, Brooklyn, Culture January 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

“Hair and Other Stories,” a theatrical performance on beauty standards in relation to race and class, premieres later this month at BRIC House, reports Brooklyn Paper.

Under the city's plan, the north and south towers of the Manhattan Detention Center (24 White Street, right, and 125 White Street) would be demolished and replaced by a jail as tall as 50 stories. (Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Planning for Jails to Replace Rikers

Criminal Justice, New York January 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Planned buildings are “way too tall,” says the head of the commission that recommended that Rikers be closed, Tribeca Trib reports. And City Limits reports on the Neighborhood Advisory Councils that will be weighing in.

Parents and students participate in a traditional dance at an anti-bullying form at the Mexican American Students Alliance on Jan. 13. (Photo by Jaya Sandaresh via Mott Haven Herald)

A Call to Fight Bullying Through Education

Bronx, Youth January 22, 2019 at 4:45 pm

At a forum organized by the Mexican American Students’ Alliance, parents in the South Bronx want a culturally-sensitive curriculum to counter widespread bullying in schools, reports Mott Haven Herald.

La Cumbiamba eNeYé (Courtesy photo via El Diario)

Flushing Town Hall Celebrates 40th Anniversary to the Beat of Cumbia

Culture, Queens, South American January 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Flushing Town Hall will celebrate 40 years to the rhythm of Colombian cumbia by local band La Cumbiamba eNeYé, El Diario La Prensa reports.

A panorama view of the kick off of Peace Week on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Sonia Colon via Kings County Politics)

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in 2019

African American, Culture, History, LGBTQ, New York January 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Community media outlets cover events to be held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Peace Week to the city’s largest public celebration, which will feature #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.

On Jan. 15, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (woman with a red jacket in a front row) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (man with a blue tie in a front row) were delivering a proclamation to honor Korea’s March first Independence Movement and Yu Gwan-sun. (Photo via The Korea Daily)

Proclamation Marking Korean Independence Movement Adopted in NYS Legislature

East Asian, Government, History January 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Members of the Korean community applauded the adoption of a resolution that designates March 1, 2019 in honor of the centennial of the March 1st independence movement, report The Korea Daily and The Korea Times.

Irene Rodríguez’s Cuban-Infused Flamenco Dance at Joyce Theater

Irene Rodríguez’s Cuban-Infused Flamenco Dance at Joyce Theater

Culture, Latino, Manhattan January 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Cuban dancer-choreographer Irene Rodríguez brings her flamenco-inspired company this weekend to New York’s Joyce Theater, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Bajeko Sekuwa is a new restaurant in Queens serving the growing Nepali community. (Photo via vishwanews.com)

Tracking Changes in NYC’s Asian Populations

Asian, East Asian, New York, South Asian, Southeast Asian January 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

The Asian American Federation released demographic profiles of 12 Asian populations in NYC.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (Photo by Alex Zimmerman via Chalkbeat)

New York State Releases List of Struggling NYC Schools

Education, New York January 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Chalkbeat reports on the 124 NYC schools just listed by New York State as needing comprehensive support and targeted support.

Changes at The Forward

Changes at The Forward

Jewish, Media January 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm

The Forward will go all-digital as of the spring, its publisher said. Meanwhile, layoffs were announced at the legendary publication.

José Cruz, a resident of Mott Haven, the Bronx, prepares to take financial advantage of a possible legalization of cannabis in New York. The death of his brother “Che” marked a before and after for José Cruz, who currently devotes much of his time to his organization Young, Fresh and Conscious. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

In Cannabis Legalization Latinos See Business – And Redemption

Business, Health, Latino, New York January 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

As Mayor Bill de Blasio mulls legalizing marijuana in the city, some Hispanic New Yorkers believe it would create business opportunities and reverse some of the damage inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs, El Diario La Prensa reports.

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Members of the coalition supporting the inclusion of racial-impact assessment in the environmental review process, including State Sen. Julia Salazar (at far right) and Assemblywoman Maritza Davila (in grey coat) rally on Sunday.

Proposing a Study of Racial Impact in Rezonings

Brooklyn, Housing, New York January 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Public officials and community advocates called on the city to include a racial impact study as part of the review conducted prior to neighborhood rezonings, report City Limits and Kings County Politics.

Protestors in front of 26 Federal Plaza during a 2018 march against the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policies. (Photo by Max Siegelbaum via Documented)

Immigration Court Chaos Thanks to Shutdown

Immigration, Manhattan January 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Documented looks at the impact of the partial government shutdown on the immigration courts.

Daniela Simba suffered conversion therapies in her native Ecuador, and has fought against them in her New York home. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For LGBTQ Immigrants, State Anti-Discrimination Laws are Personal

Government, LGBTQ, New York January 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

The New York State Senate approval of a ban on gay conversion therapy and a bill adding gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws have a special significance for LGBTQ Hispanic immigrants who fled bigotry in their own countries, El Diario La Prensa reports.

From left to right: Ketlie Numa-Lespinas, Rodneyse Bichotte, Raymond Joseph, Maria Castaneda and Mathieu Eugene pose for a photograph following the 1199SEIU press conference in Manhattan Jan 11. (Photo by Bianca Silva via The Haitian Times)

Haitian TPS Campaign Marks Earthquake Anniversary

Caribbean, Environment, Immigration, New York January 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

On the eve of the ninth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced a campaign to support TPS holders and Dreamers, reports The Haitian Times.