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Black History Month Observed: A Roundup

African American, Caribbean, History February 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

A panoply of stories illuminate Black History Month in the pages and on the websites of a number of publications.

Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown Manhattan. (Photo by Vincent Lim Show Chen, Creative Commons license)

Heralding the ‘New York’ Super Bowl

African American, Food, Jewish, Labor, Metro Area January 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

The community and ethnic press writes on Kosher food, Latino vendors, human traffiking and Richard Sherman.

The future location of Azur Resort & Spa. (Photo from Nickson Toussaint via Colorlines)

Younger Generation Sees Future in Haiti

Business, Caribbean, Environment, In the News January 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

In a reversal of generations past, some Haitian-Americans are going to the country to help spur its economy following the 2010 earthquake, including one New Yorker interviewed by Colorlines.

Four of the Central Park Five –  from left, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana  – speaking at  a Q&A following a screening of "The Central Park Five" at the Dempsey Auditorium. (Photo from Maysles Cinema, Creative Commons license)

Hope for Central Park Five Under de Blasio

Crime, Government December 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Campaign promises from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio suggest that the Central Park Five’s decade-long civil suit against the city could reach a settlement, reports Colorlines, which interviews one of the five.

Lucky Torres (photo via trailer video)

‘Lucky’ Documents Life of Homeless Mom

Housing, In the News, LGBTQ, Puerto Rican, Video December 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Colorlines interviews filmmaker Laura Checkoway, whose new documentary “Lucky” offers a compelling look at the life of a Puerto Rican lesbian mom living in the Bronx.

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Ethnic Menus, Feeding the Needy Mark Thanksgiving

Featured Posts, Food, Traditions November 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

An ethnic press roundup shows the many ways Thanksgiving is being observed across the NY area.

The Red Hook Initiative brings digital innovation to the working class neighborhood by setting up a community wireless network that is run by local residents. (Photo by Stephanie Deji/Red Hook Initiative via Colorlines)

Wiring Up Red Hook with Communal Wi-Fi

Brooklyn, Social Services, Technology November 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to the borough’s largest housing project, a community group has assembled a wireless network that is set up and maintained by local residents, and held a training program, bringing a bit more diversity to digital innovation efforts, reports Colorlines.

(Photo by John Fraissinet, Creative Commons license)

People of Color Consume Technology but Few Produce It

African American, Labor, Latino October 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Blacks and Latinos are MIA in Silicon Valley or New York’s equivalent, “Silicon Alley,” but they are leading when it comes to using smartphones and social media platforms. A Colorlines piece investigates the causes, which include a lack of connections and social capital to make it in the field.

(Photo by Linda Sarsour @lsarour via Twitter)

Immigration Rally Through Social Media

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Voices' Picks October 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Highlights of Saturday’s immigration rally in Queens Latino, El Diario, Colorlines and on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Jeanette Hanneman via the National Parks Conservation Association, Creative Commons license

Immigrants, Minorities, Poor Feel Sting of Shutdown

The effects of the shutdown depends on its duration but some locals are already feeling the effects.

A pre-mural painting by teen participants in Groundswell’s Recovery Diaspora Project Photo: All photos courtesy of Groundswell via Colorline

Teen Artists Portray Sandy Stories in Murals

Brooklyn, Culture, Environment August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

A community organization in Brooklyn’s Park Slope is working on a series of murals to restore some of what Hurricane Sandy washed away. Groundswell is employing teenage artists from across the city to paint their Sandy stories, reports Jamilah King in Colorlines.

(Photo by Seth Freed Wessler via Colorlines)

Muslims Sue NYPD Over Surveillance

Crime, In the News, Religion June 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Civil liberty groups have filed a lawsuit against the City and the NYPD on behalf of Muslim New Yorkers caught up in the controversial police surveillance program, reports Colorlines.

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Immigrants Pay Billions More Into Medicare Than They Take Out

Government, Health, Immigration, Labor June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A recent study has found that between 2002 and 2009, immigrants contributed a cumulative total of over $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, reports Colorlines, while those born in the U.S. generated a deficit of $28.1 billion.

Manager Andrea Plaid (left) for Colorlines' Drop the i-word campaign, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Fernando Chavez inside The New York Times building to deliver signatures urging the publication to stop using the term "illegal" when describing undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Erin Zipper via Colorlines)

Drop ‘Illegal,’ Say 70K to The Times

Culture, Immigration, Media April 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Colorlines reports that Jose Antonio Vargas, Fernando Chavez – the son of Cesar Chavez – and dozens of supporters gathered to deliver 70,000 signatures to The New York Times, calling on the publication to stop using the term “illegal immigrant.”

Soheeb Amin, who says his Muslim Student Association and mosque were targeted by NYPD informants, speaks at a March 11, 2012 press conference at One Police Plaza. Photo: Seth Freed Wessler

NYPD Surveillance Has Lingering Impact on Muslims, Report Finds

In the News, Religion March 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Worshippers, families, store owners and students shared how the tactics of the NYPD surveillance program have permeated their lives with fear and paranoia at a press conference attended by Colorlines.