Posts Tagged ‘Dominican Republic’

Spread Love: Untangling the Roots of Dominican Hair | Great Big Story

Spread Love: Untangling the Roots of Dominican Hair | Great Big Story

In the hot and humid Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty. But Carolina Contreras is slowly changing this societal norm. Not only does she proudly rock her big curls, she’s helping other women do the same at her natural […]


Why Karl-Anthony Towns Turned Down USA Basketball For The Dominican Republic | The Undefeated

Why Karl-Anthony Towns Turned Down USA Basketball For The Dominican Republic | The Undefeated

BY MARC J. SPEARS | @MARCJSPEARSESPN Dominican cuisine can be quite complicated, but Karl-Anthony Towns likes to keep it simple. Sancocho, the Dominican Republic’s national dish, includes beef, chicken and sometimes even pork, all meats that are regular staples in most Dominican meals. But whether it’s his food preference or his love for his mother’s Dominican heritage, […]


Uptown Video: We’re Going To Be Rich – Episode 3 – Brenda’s Rescue

Uptown Video: We're Going To Be Rich - Episode 3 - Brenda's Rescue

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The DREAM Project’s Sueños Benefit – The Recap

The DREAM Project's Sueños Benefit - The Recap

Photography by Jenna Filia The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) hosted its 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10. Beginning with red carpet arrivals including honoree of the evening and Emmy winning actress, Dascha Polanco, star of the series Empire and Head Start Literacy Ambassador Taye Diggs, multi-talented artist […]


Spread Love: The 5th Annual Sueños Benefit Honoring Dascha Polanco

Spread Love: The 5th Annual Sueños Benefit Honoring Dascha Polanco

It’s that time of year again. The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) is holding their 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10th at the swank 40/40 Club from 7 to 10 pm. The Dream Project serves as a vital bridge between NYC and more than 7,000 underserved Dominican youth. […]


New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

New York City Wages War on the Zika Virus | NY Times

By MARC SANTORA It was well after midnight on a hot and sticky weeknight in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan when the hunt got underway. A police car rolled slowly through the empty neighborhood in the predawn hours, its lights casting shadows on the buildings as a voice over a loudspeaker blared a warning to […]


Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

Uptown Arts Program Preps Kids for College and Beyond | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A longtime local youth organization is kicking off a fundraising campaign to add more of the stuff local teens need, including yoga, arts and college-readiness programs — as part of its plan to revamp its mission. The Growth Development Services, Inc. (GDS), founded in 1986, with a focus on […]


Women Showcase the Caribbean Experience in America in Uptown Art Exhibit | DNAinfo

Women Showcase the Caribbean Experience in America in Uptown Art Exhibit | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Eleven women with Caribbean roots aim to explore the conflicts in their own identities in a mixed-media show opening Friday that features a painting of a lynching and a modern take on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” The exhibit, “Living In My Skin, En Mi Piel,” at the Rio Penthouse […]


Washington Heights sixth-graders name just-discovered Dominican Republic-native wasp species ‘La Luz Brillante’ | NY Daily News

Washington Heights sixth-graders name just-discovered Dominican Republic-native wasp species ‘La Luz Brillante’ | NY Daily News

BY Reuven Blau Students in Washington Heights got a real-life science lesson when they were chosen to name a newly discovered species of wasp native to the Dominican Republic. Sixth-graders at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History reached out for assistance. […]


New York’s Zika Fight Turns to Travel Precautions and Safe Sex | NY Times

New York’s Zika Fight Turns to Travel Precautions and Safe Sex | NY Times

By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS At a clinic in Harlem where many of the patients have roots in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Juan Tapia-Mendoza talks to patients about the Zika virus daily. He asks if they are planning to visit the island this summer. He reminds them that the virus can be transmitted through sex. In […]


America is missing out on a $1.4 trillion Latino business opportunity | CNN Money

America is missing out on a $1.4 trillion Latino business opportunity | CNN Money

by Octavio Blanco America’s Latino entrepreneurs are lying in wait — sitting on a potential $1.4 trillion in revenue boost to the economy. But a series of financial and cultural hurdles are blocking their progress. That’s the finding of a recent report by the Stanford Graduate School of Business that surveyed roughly 1,800 businesses owned […]


Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Are you a Latina living in New York City who identifies with your blackness? Do you use terms such as, “Afro-Latina, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban etc…” to express who you are and to speak to the memory and existence of your African ancestry? Afro-Dominican photographer, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina also known as The Earth Warrior is working on an […]


The Essential Guide to Washington Heights | am New York

The Essential Guide to Washington Heights | am New York

By Danielle Valente Real estate prices aren’t the only thing booming in uptown Manhattan right now — so is the Washington Heights art scene. From independent shops to non-profit organizations, the area is bursting with civic-minded creative types. “There are a lot of really engaged people up here — as there should be in any […]


Uptown Video: My Washington Heights – A Guided Tour

Uptown Video: My Washington Heights - A Guided Tour

The good folks at Brick Underground TV take you on a guided tour of Washington Heights with lifelong Washington Heights resident Dennis Golin as the funny and knowledgeable tour guide. From the United Palace, to the Cloisters, to the Shabazz Center and many places in between, the video does a stand up job of properly […]


At a Santo Domingo Hair Salon, Rethinking an Ideal Look | NY Times

At a Santo Domingo Hair Salon, Rethinking an Ideal Look | NY Times

By SANDRA E. GARCIA On my first trip back to the Dominican Republic in 10 years, as I wandered down the streets of La Zona Colonial, I noticed how their names were weighted with history. Calle de las Damas, a street made specifically for the wives and daughters of noblemen from colonial times to walk […]


Celebrating the Diversity of Dominican Identity | Slate

Celebrating the Diversity of Dominican Identity | Slate

By Jordan G. Teicher Who is Dominican? What do Dominicans look like? Those questions have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives since the Dominican government started threatening to deport undocumented migrant workers—the majority of them Haitian—and their Dominican-born children who fail to provide proof of citizenship. Dark-skinned people have been the subject of special scrutiny as immigration […]


Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go | TechCrunch

Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go | TechCrunch

by Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron. But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base. The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew the hassles […]


Uptown Author Publishing Second Novel in Washington Heights-Based Series | DNAinfo

Uptown Author Publishing Second Novel in Washington Heights-Based Series | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — For Washington Heights-based author A.J. Sidransky, his neighborhood is his muse. “Washington Heights is what New York is supposed to be,” said Sidransky, a born-and-bred New Yorker. “It’s diverse. It’s working class. It’s more relaxed. It’s less pretentious.” It’s also the setting for “Forgiving Mariela Camacho,” Sidransky’s second novel in […]


Spread Love: The Pineapple Diaries

Spread Love: The Pineapple Diaries

In the pilot episode of “The Pineapple Diaries” we meet Maite López, her quirky roommates, her fly neighbor and some interesting friends as she tries to navigate through her day and desperately attempt to complete a special errand before she’s late for work!


The Tempest Comes To Harlem

The Tempest Comes To Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem latest’s production, The Tempest, has an uncanny knack for timing. The play remixes the classic Shakespearean opus and references the island of Hispaniola as Prospero’s magical island. Hispaniola, which is home to both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is currently undergoing some major drama of its own. The Tempest’s highlighting of […]


The Lost Boy | Bronx Free Press

The Lost Boy | Bronx Free Press

Story by Debralee Santos From the beginning, he was precious cargo. Christopher Duran arrived in the United States before he was of age – any age. Even when he arrived, traveling over thousands of miles aloft in the air, and holding fast to his mother, he was, in fact, not yet here. His mother Rosanna […]


2/26/15: La Galeria Presents A Discussion About Blackness In The Dominican Republic & The Diaspora @ Word Up Books

2/26/15: La Galeria Presents A Discussion About Blackness In The Dominican Republic & The Diaspora @ Word Up Books

A Word From La Galeria Join us for a discussion on negritud/blackness in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora. Using articles, social media, and other resources, we will discuss what it means to be black in the Dominican Republic and the Diaspora We are providing a space for dialogue. We claim a general understanding of […]


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao declared 21st century’s best novel so far | The Guardian

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao declared 21st century’s best novel so far | The Guardian

BY Alison Flood A group of American critics has named Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, an ingenious take on the life of an overweight Dominican-American nerd, as the best novel of the 21st century to date. BBC Culture, the arts section of the international BBC site, polled “several dozen” US critics […]


Jet Blue: Connecting The Dominican Diaspora With Quisqueya

Jet Blue: Connecting The Dominican Diaspora With Quisqueya

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Late last year, several Washington Heights Dominican families were invited to La Casa del Mofongo to ostensibly participate in a documentary about Dominican culture. My wife, our 3 daughters and I, were chosen to take part in the endeavor. We were treated to a simply incredible meal and experience. The icing […]

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