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Reviving Patois: Language of the West Indies Two States: Two Solutions [VIDEO] Profile: Pritha Singh [VIDEO] Kicks, Flips, and Respect Arab Heritage: Dancing around the Subject Sufi Mysticism on the rise in New York City Sub-liminal Messaging West African Hair Braiders in Harlem bring back the craze of the Twist and Box Braids Plaza in Jackson Heights Causing Controversy One Year On [VIDEO] Hubble Bubble, Health Department Trouble
 

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.’” […]

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 […]

[VIDEO] Profile: Pritha Singh

[VIDEO] Profile: Pritha Singh

  Pritha Singh was born into a family that loved arts and culture. She dreamed of being an artist herself, but when her family went through difficult times, she found a way to care for them while still pursuing what she loves. As Stephen Jiwanmall explains, Pritha’s passion for the arts is what motivates her […]

[VIDEO] Kicks, Flips, and Respect

[VIDEO] Kicks, Flips, and Respect

People are learning the art of grappling and ground fighting just steps away from Penn Station. Nia Phillips spent time with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor, Magno Gama, who teaches students that winning and losing are just part of the game. Reported & Produced by Nia Phillips and Magdalene Castro

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

[VIDEO] Hubble Bubble, Health Department Trouble

Hookah lounges in Paterson, New Jersey are going up in smoke. Health Department officials are busting the lounges for violating a 2007 ban on smoking indoors. They say the Middle Eastern water pipes, used for smoking flavored tobacco, are simply not allowed inside businesses.  Paradise Hookah Lounge on Main Street has faced crippling fines and […]

Staying in School

Staying in School

12 December 2012

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

04 December 2012

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

04 December 2012

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

04 December 2012

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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Sub-liminal Messaging

03 December 2012

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

03 December 2012

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

01 December 2012

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

30 November 2012

~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

29 November 2012

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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[VIDEO] A Different Take on Sandy Relief

27 November 2012

Medical relief workers can be found throughout New York City in Sandy’s aftermath.  In Coney Island, two volunteers provide an alternative approach to relief work.  Colleen McKown reports. Produced by Yvonne Bang.

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