Join NMCIR and the community as we unite Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood to stand together with love and compassion against hate. We will be demanding an end to detention and deportation, collaboration between ICE and local police, the separation of families, and the countless violations immigrants are forced to endure. If you would like to […]
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Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty.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 […]
By Marjua Estevez Dominican rapper and vocalist Messiah El Artista went from studying the likes of 50 Cent to being cosigned by him; from listening to trap music to leading its Spanish-language movement; from rocking Sean John to fronting it as the brand’s newest face. Messiah is by definition already a story of success, and he’s only […]
by Annmarie Fertoli Lines at the Dominican consulate in Times Square have been long. Staff there say in average years, there’s usually about 200 people a day. But in the past month, that’s more than doubled. By mid-morning this week, hundreds of people crowded into the consulate in lines snaking through the hallways. Patricia Sanchez […]
Artist explores themes of resilience and fortune Story by Sherry Mazzocchi Franck de las Mercedes was wandering through Bryant Park with a camera when a homeless man said he could take his picture for five dollars. The Washington Heights artist hesitated. He never felt comfortable taking photos of homeless people. When the man insisted, de […]
By Daniel Rivera When it comes to rap and hip-hop, Latinos making an imprint on the culture is not exactly a new phenomenon. In fact, Latino rappers in the United States with bicultural roots have been one of the many pillars that have stood firmly throughout the course of the 40-plus years the genre has […]
Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Stephanie Batista’s plight was a familiar one. Like many mothers working outside the home, she was in need of a good day care provider for her daughter. She had been paying high fees to have a babysitter come to her apartment, and the costs were growing prohibitive. Recently, relief […]
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 […]
Story by Mónica Barnkow and Debralee Santos The Ares family is going against the odds. But they’re skipping the scratch-off tickets. Instead, the family is preparing to travel to New York from Rhode Island to ensure that Jeralene is granted a greater shot of success at finding a match. The 11-year-old is battling sickle cell […]
By BRYAN LLENAS Washington Heights: 181st Street and Broadway is the heart of Dominican business in New York City. And it’s not just in Washington Heights. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in New York City has nearly doubled since the late 1990s. More than 140,000 — or about 1 in 7 businesses in the Big […]
By SETH KUGEL Published: January 2, 2005 Countless New Year’s Eve revelers awoke yesterday morning (or afternoon) longing to get rid of a sickening hangover, while many residents and visitors in the city’s Dominican neighborhoods were convinced they had just the cure: a dose of La Rapidita, two yellow pills that bodegas sell for a […]
By SETH KUGEL Published: April 11, 2003 By 1 a.m., the only creatures in the place with enough room to move about freely were the tropical fish in the three illuminated, distorted tanks. The young humans at the Arka Lounge in Washington Heights crowded into low-slung, cushioned seats; flirted at the slick, arced bar; or […]
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As a child growing up in the Dominican Republic, Zoe Saldana and her family faced a devastating tragedy. Her hero taught her how to stand strong in the face of adversity.
A Word From Miss Rizos My name is Carolina and I am the creator of MissRizos.com, a community and online platform that celebrates and promotes afro-textured hair! Miss Rizos’ vision is to change our societies standards of beauty through facilitating individual self-acceptance for women and girls through their hair. We’ve created this campaign to increase […]
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Locs Revolution has teamed up with Unveiled Unlocked and the FOLLICLE film production team, to bring you a Natural Hair event like none other. Saturday, Feb. 8th the event, Know Your Roots: Natural Hair and the “Movement”, takes place at Dinosour BBQ in Harlem. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the film project. Support Here: […]
Translated by Led Black (@Led_Black) I came across this hilarious story a few years ago but apparently it has been around since 2006. It tells the tale, in Spanish, of a Dominican man who moves from the island to Minnesota. He arrives mid-summer and falls heads over heels for the place. Things quickly change once winter […]
Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Rosita Romero is the Executive Director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center, located in Washington Heights. For more than 30 years, she has actively defended the rights of people in the community. “I’m blessed to have this job,” she says. “It’s a labor of love.” We are very […]
Story and video by Sherry Mazzocchi A Dominican court ruling recently revoked the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June of 1929. The ruling applies to anyone born between 1929 and 2010, and impacts somewhere between 200,000 to 225,000 people, mostly of Haitian descent. That begs a question: What does it mean […]
The Perfiles series gives a positive portrayal of the Latino community throughout New York City. Pride, passion and perseverance are common denominators amongst the cast, whose roots span from New York City to South America. Through their personal stories and shared insights into tradition, misconceptions associated with Latinos in pop culture, and the future of […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) DigiBunch, one of the nation’s most influential Hispanic communities online, recently announced it’s list of 20 Latino cultural leaders for its 2nd annual Latino Trailblazers video series and I was chosen as one of a very select few. This is to date, the biggest honor of my career and I feel […]
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