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Sub-liminal Messaging

By William Denselow, Palestinian Beat Reporter- A poster war is in full swing these days in New York City and it’s bubbling beneath the surface. In late September, a controversial poster campaign went up across 10 New York subway stations. Within hours, many of the ads had been vandalized, some with stickers branding the posters as […]

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West African Hair Braiders in Harlem bring back the craze of the Twist and Box Braids

by Ntshepeng Motema, Malian Beat Reporter– As the Autumn sun poured through the windows of a hair salon in Central Harlem, small clusters of hair braiders stood over customers and pulled their hair in all  directions. All this energy and pain was in the service of creating one of the latest African hair braiding styles, […]

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Plaza in Jackson Heights Causing Controversy One Year On

A year after the city pedestrianized parts of 37th Road in Jackson Heights, local South Asian businesses are split over the move. Some say the plaza has spelt financial disaster, while others rave about the new business opportunities it has created. The city’s Department of Transportation installed the plaza last September, following an 18-month transportation […]

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In Fight to Preserve Culture, New Jersey Cathedral Performs Centuries-Old Rite

~MaryAlice Parks – Syrian-American Beat Reporter Ancient chants, in a long-dead language, greeted those entering the redbrick St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral here on Elm Avenue. Routine evening prayers transitioned into the night’s special occasion: the elevation of an esteemed community member to the position of “gospler deacon.” The man being celebrated at St. Mark’s […]

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[VIDEO] Sounds of Brazil in Midtown

[VIDEO] Sounds of Brazil in Midtown

Brazilian guitarist João Kouyoumdjian performed at the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in New York City on East 52nd St. Nia Phillips reports on how the young musician is breathing new life into the classics. Produced by Colleen McKown.

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Runners Race in Central Park Despite Canceled Marathon

By Nia Phillips–Even though New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg canceled the ING New York City Marathon just two days before it was to start, he couldn’t stop people from running. Several hundred runners, many of whom had journeyed to New York from around the world, participated in an event called “Run Anyway 2012” that […]

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An Exhibit’s Thought

NEW YORK—Frank McCourt, The author of Angela’s Ashes, told the Irish Immigrant experience in words. The rock band U-2 tells it in music. And Collette Murphy tells it in paintings. In a new show, “A Night Thought,” painter Collette Murphy reflects her feelings about being an Irish immigrant in America. Murphy portrays in acrylic the […]

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Confusion at Bronx Polling Site

Reported by Yvonne Bang and Magdalene Castro Written by Stephen Jiwanmall  Even with her two bad knees, Diana Brij Lal made it to a local polling place in her Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester. She went to P.S. 119, where her son goes to school. It’s where she’s always voted, she said, but on Tuesday, polling […]

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High Latino Support for Obama in Spanish Harlem

Latinos most concerned with economy and immigration By Griselda Denise Ramirez and Mea Ashley A constant flow of people entered a public school through a fenced-in playground in East Harlem on Tuesday to cast their votes — most of them Latinos who said they voted for President Barack Obama. The preferences of the highly Latino-populated […]

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Language Barrier Creates Problems for Arab American Voters

Written by Jay Devineni Reported by MaryAlice Parks, William Denselow, & Jay Devineni  For many Arab Americans voting on Tuesday in Brooklyn, language barriers made it harder for their voices to be heard.  Despite Brooklyn’s large Arab population, there were no ballots available in Arabic.  However, the New York City Board of Elections does provide […]

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