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Reviving Patois: Language of the West Indies

by Stephen Jiwanmall, Trinidadian Beat Reporter Marvel Henry is on a mission to keep alive a dying language, known as Patois. Henry, a 26-year-old native of Trinidad, enjoys sharing his knowledge of the language with others and teaches a bit about the language every day. “Say it with me, ‘Your shirt is blue. Chimiz-ou blé.’” […]

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Approaches to Conversion in the East and West

By Colleen McKown, Indian Beat Reporter–When I was a high school freshman in rural North Carolina, a few of my friends brought a Bible to the lunch table. Because I had said I didn’t believe in hell, they crowded around and proceeded to read me each passage that alluded to hell. While I went to […]

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A No-Toys Education

by Charlotte Stafford Inside a cozy classroom in Brooklyn, 18 children ranging from 2 to 4 years old are seated on individual mats listening to a Thanksgiving song. As they clap and sing along, they jabber away to each other in German. The room is quite bare. There are simple wooden building blocks in one […]

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Do You Speak Gaelic?

Do You Speak Gaelic?

“Ar mhait leat brioska?” asked a student, handing another cookie. “Ba mhait. Go raihb maith agat,” another replied. The room was packed with more than 50 students who were attending La Gaelige: Irish Language Day at the Ireland House at New York University on a recent Saturday. According to the teachers at N.Y.U. and other […]

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After Sandy, Hackers Help Storm Victims One Hack At A Time

After Sandy, Hackers Help Storm Victims One Hack At A Time

Relief came to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in numerous ways. Emergency personnel were on hand, as were hundreds of volunteers, many of who brought food and clothes and assisted in the cleanup. But one group of relief volunteers took another approach. They gathered in a school in downtown Brooklyn to help electronically by creating […]

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Two States: Two Solutions

By William Denselow, Palestinian Beat Reporter- There are two distinct Palestinian neighborhoods in the New York area. While both cling fiercely to their shared Middle Eastern heritage, their approaches are fundamentally different. In Paterson, N.J., cultural pride seems to revolve around what goes into ones mouth. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, it is more about what […]

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Staying in School

Staying in School

Six and a half years ago, when he retired from New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, Joseph Rizzi did not take a vacation. His drive to help students succeed was too strong. So he started another job–as head of the Federation of Italian-American Organization’s Beacon program in Bensonhurst. Yvonne Bang shares his story. Produced by […]

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Arab Heritage: Dancing around the Subject

By William Denselow, Palestinian Beat Reporter-  Arm in arm, the five boys rhythmically move around their teacher, stomping in perfect unison every few steps. Most the time anyway. They’ve been practicing dubke, an Arab folk dance, all morning and they are getting tired. With the big show just a few weeks away, they’ve worked out […]

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Sikhs Engage in Interfaith Dialogue

By Colleen McKown, Indian Beat Reporter–“Do you have any ceremony like the bar mitzvah for a boy when he starts wearing his turban?” asked an audience member named Marty. “That’s a great question,” Savraj Singh replied.  “Officially, there is not a religious ceremony, but culturally there is one.” During an interfaith presentation on a recent […]

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Sufi Mysticism on the rise in New York City

by Rebecca Sanchez- Iranian Beat Reporter The first sounds are those of a Persian flute. A voice joins in, with a somber tone, reciting poetry. The sound builds as Sakina, an older woman dressed all in white except for a green veil draped over her head, takes the center of the room. She spreads her […]

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