all stories tagged "ethnicity and race"


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Georgia Kral and Annie Rose Ramos  |  February 27, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
"The Apple Pushers" tells the story of five immigrant green cart vendors -- and New York City's fight to tackle obesity. VIDEO
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Deborah Feldman  |  February 27, 2012 4:00 AM | 7 Comments
Deborah Feldman, 25, left Brooklyn's Satmar Hasidic community, and was surprised how fully she could reinvent herself.VIDEO
TK, portrayed by Janeane Garofalo, scolds her son, tk, after getting involved with his uncle's trade. Photo by ttk.
Erika Sheffer  |  February 15, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
In "Russian Transport," an immigrant family in Brooklyn runs into trouble when a visiting uncle engages in shady business. The playwright argues that struggling to eek out an honest life is a challenge many immigrants face.
Cab Calloway was a jazz pioneer and a fixture in the Harlem Renaissance. He is the subject of a new American Masters documentary. Photo courtesy of Artline Films/J.-F. Pitet.
Sarah Berson  |  February 13, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
"For us, Harlem was the capital of the world. And we loved it." The words and music of legendary jazz man Cab Calloway live on in an animated tour of Harlem's jazz clubs and the upcoming American Masters documentary, "Cab Calloway: Sketches."VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  February 9, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Watch out Spike Lee -- the young directors featured in the New Voices in Black Cinema festival bring tales of love, loss and hope back to Brooklyn.VIDEO
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Daniel T. Allen  |  January 26, 2012 4:00 AM | 35 Comments

After another bout of anti-Semitic incidents in the Tri-State area, an encounter with a white supremacist made MetroFocus’ Dan Allen realize just how common intolerance can be.

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November 29, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
A great way to learn about Italian opera from a real enthusiast and the performers themselves.
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Paula J. Massood  |  November 14, 2011 6:00 PM | Comments

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever.” The film is often overlooked, but what it reveals about race relations in New York, most especially Harlem in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is worth revisiting.

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Daniel Katz  |  November 10, 2011 4:00 AM | 4 Comments

The nearly 33,000 garment workers in New York are facing the same troubles that European immigrants successfully tackled two generations ago. The way the unions succeeded back then was to engage in a meaningful way in people’s lives beyond the factory floor.

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Urban Omnibus  |  November 8, 2011 6:06 PM | Comments
An architect and artist who documents New York's houses of worship discusses the evolving relationship between religious practices, cultural identity and urban life.
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