New America Media - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:05
ATLANTA -- La primera vez que Amber Mitchell entró al pabellón de los enfermos de Alzheimer del Hogar para ancianos Signature HealthCARE en Atlanta, se dió cuenta que el ramo médico sería su profesión.“Tienes que hacer cosas básicas como alzar... Irene Florez http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:05
Traducción al españolATLANTA -- The first time Amber Mitchell walked through the Alzheimer's ward at Signature HealthCARE nursing facility in Atlanta, she knew the medical field was for her.“You are dealing with the nitty-gritty -- things like lifting patients --... Irene Florez http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00
Above: Antonio Morales (left) and Jacob Beltran (right) / Photo by Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD -- Leonardo Diarte, 22, rings a cowbell over the sound of cheers and applause. The bell-ringing is an announcement to his supporters and mentors at Garden Pathways,... Alfredo Camacho http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:30
BANGKOK -- At a recent rally here denouncing the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai party, Nga Nguyen, a Vietnamese tourist, looked down from the overpass of the Asok train station at thousands of protesters and shook... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=8
New America Media - Sun, 02/16/2014 - 07:56
Socola Chocolatier’s mascot, Harriet the Flying Alpaca, will be finding herself a more permanent place to live in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. Socola Chocolatier’s new store and café is slated to open just in time for Valentine’s Day on February... CAAM http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:35
I met Ryan, 10, when his parents brought him into the emergency room one day. He had no physical injuries to treat. Rather, his parents said he was refusing to attend school. They said it started about two months earlier,... Dr. Esther Oh http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:20
Photo: Prof. Eric Kingson (Peter McDermott/Irish Echo)SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Prof. Eric Kingson asked in class recently, “Has anyone in this room ever received Social Security benefits?”He raised his hand because his father died when he was young. But he intended it, in part,... Peter McDermott http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:10
Pictured above: Cristina Duran with her son / Photo courtesy of Cristina Duran ARVIN, Calif. -- Learning that you’re pregnant can be a wonderful surprise for a woman in love. But for teens, motherhood is, more often than not, accompanied by... Teresa Cervantes http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 02:45
MANILA, Philippines—He entered the biggest sporting stage with the modest goal of making it to the top 24 but Michael Martinez, the Philippines’ brave lone Winter Olympian, was way more than that.In two nights, Martinez turned “triple Axel jump” into... Celest Flores http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 02:29
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who recently called for restoration of voting rights for felons who served their sentences, said the restriction has a disparate effect on African Americans. Felony-voter disenfranchisement began after Reconstruction so whites could diminish the voting... Frederick H. Lowe http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 00:23
Whether you love or loathe Valentine's Day, this take on it from Brooklyn comedian Marie Faustin will make you chuckle.
Hyphen Blog - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 22:51
In high school I had a crush on a girl.
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 22:33
Jesse Williams thinks everyone in America should be outraged over the death of black teenager Jordan Davis, and they should channel that outrage to the man on trial for his murder, Michael Dunn, the 47-year-old white man who reportedly shot Davis over loud music. "It is not a black problem," Williams told HLN. "It is a white problem. This is an American problem. It is a societal problem."
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 22:05
West Hollywood's Mr. Musichead Gallery is set to exhibit a set of photos of Prince from 1977. Photographer Robert Whitman was apparently the first to shoot Prince, who was either 18 or 19 at the time, in his studio, at a friend's home and on the streets of Minneapolis.
The exhibition, which runs for a month, opens for a private reception on February 20, and then to the public on February 21.
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 19:37
Palestinian "Arab Idol" winner Mohammad Assaf said at a recent press conference that he's been banned from performing at the World Cup opening ceremony this summer because of some "countries" or "groups" -- he didn't specify who -- pulled the plug.
Milanna Knezevic explains over at Policy Link:
Assaf, a former wedding singer, has become somewhat of Palestinian hero; when his victory was announced, people in Gaza and Ramallah poured onto the streets in celebration.
In addition to singing patriotic Palestinian songs, Assaf has made political statements on a number of occassions: "We are searching for our rights, for peace, unity and the end of the occupation and illegal Israeli settlements," he said to the New York Times in December.
But Assaf's popularity, which has made headlines abroad, has also drawn criticism.
In an email complaining to Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Palestinian children are "educated to hate Jews, while Palestinian officials continue to call for their deaths." He also included a link to one of Assaf's performance of ali al-keffiyeh, a Palestinian folk song.
But there is some good news in all of this. Shakira, who performed at the World Cup's opening ceremony back in 2010, has reportedly decided to boycott this year's opening ceremony in Brazil in protest of Assaf's ousture.
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 19:16
A student-led social media effort to generate conversation about what it’s like to be a black student at University of Michigan has morphed into an organizing effort to win concrete changes on campus. And it’s moving.
Students from the university’s Black Student Union kicked off a social media conversation centered around the hashtag #BBUM—Being Black at Michigan—last fall.It triggered an outpouring from students and alumni which got the hashtag trending on Twitter. A sampling:
That first class when black culture becomes the topic and you suddenly become the voice of all black people #BBUM— Jeremy A. Cook (@cjeremya) November 19, 2013
"Apparently my race is the only thing that makes me diverse..FALSE. It is my wide body of experiences" #BBUM— Bayan (@ThatAlgerian) November 20, 2013
Assuming that because I'm black I don't deserve to be here and am a result of affirmative action, which is not even in place right now #BBUM— Dezha (@Dezha_Marshae) November 19, 2013
The original goal was to have a public conversation about what it’s like to be black in an increasingly stratified, and racially segregated higher education ecosystem. But it didn’t end there. Spurred on by the outpouring of dialogue the hashtag triggered, the BSU began using the hashtag as an organizing tool, then returned to the university in the new year with seven demands to improve the campus climate.
On Tuesday, as a direct result of the hashtag-driven campaign, the university’s student government passed a resolution to support the seven demands put forth by the BSU, and student activism efforts to increase student-of-color enrollment at the university, including the creation of a scholarship for undocumented students, the Michigan Daily reported. Administrators have agreed to set aside $300,000 to renovate the campus multicultural center, according to Rick Fitzgerald, the associate director of public affairs for the university.
Movement on some student demands has been easier than others, though. The BSU also called for an increase in black enrollment rates at the University of Michigan to 10 percent of the student body, which the university is legally barred from carrying out. The Supreme Court ruled in 1978 that using racial quotas in higher education admission violates the Equal Protection Clause.
“It’s a continuing conversation,” said Fitzgerald. “My understanding is that upon a deeper understanding of what student concerns were, they are continuing to have discussions about what the university may or can and cannot do.” Still, Fitzgerald says, “My understanding is groups continue to believe the discussions are productive and worth continuing.”
Meanwhile online, the conversation is still going, unified by the hashtag #BBUM. “What’s happening is we’re bonding the experiences of students—not just blacks but other marginalized communities at the University of Michigan—and helping that dictate our work with the administration,” says Robert Greenfield IV, BSU’s treasurer and a third year undergraduate.
When the BSU launched the hashtag last fall, students from other campuses, including the rival Michigan State University, picked it up and and adapted it for their own schools, the Michigan Daily reported. NPR reporter Michele Norris, who was the University of Michigan’s Winter 2013 commencement speaker, helped amplify students’ voices by retweeting it.
The conversation comes amidst a recent outpouring of dialogue about what it’s like to be a black student in elite and intensely stratified educational environments. Last fall black undergrads from UCLA pointed out that the university has more NCAA championships than black male freshmen and that the majority of black male students were in fact athletes. Documentaries like “American Promise” and “Prep School Negro” have examined the everyday hardships and deep psychological toll of being black in overwhelmingly white elite school settings. And this week black students at UCLA Law School released a video of their own, covering parallel themes. The constant takeaway? It’s a fraught, often exhausting experience.
For Greenfield, it’s the everyday acts of subtle microaggression which stay with him. As an engineering major, Greenfield says his classmates assume he’ll be the weak link in their group projects, and so he’s typically given easier work. “Or they triple-check what you did in particular as opposed to what other students did,” he says. “It’s kind of like an intellectual superiority imposed on students of color.”
Just recently Greenfield says, “We were doing anthropometric measurements in lab. One of the tests we had to do was measuring a person’s grip and my grip scored higher than others. People said, ‘Oh, it’s just because you’re black.’”
It’s not just these seemingly minor microaggressions. In universities across the country acts of flagrant campus racism and harassment still abound. From campus parties with students showing up in blackface all over the country; to nooses left on campus at the University of California San Diego; to students tormenting black roommates at San Jose State University; to a “whites-only” sign being taped above a water fountain at Oberlin College, college can very often be a hostile environment for black students and other students of color.
The campus’s lack of racial diversity aggravates the campus climate, students have said. University of Michigan’s incoming fall class was 5.1 percent black—much lower than racial demographics in the rest of the state, where blacks make up 14.3 percent of the population. Black enrollment at the school has dipped 30 percent since Michigan voters passed Proposal 2, a 2006 ballot initiative that blocked race-conscious admissions at the school. Proposal 2 is the subject of a current Supreme Court challenge. Greenfield says going to school in the shadow of so many past challenges to affirmative action and active Supreme Court cases adds another layer to the student experience.
“We need to challenge the idea that the only black kids qualified to be here are the ones who are already enrolled,” Greenfield says. “It’s not a matter of lowering standards but making an active attempt to target students who are from different backgrounds.”
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:51
Pioneering hip-hop group De La Soul is giving away the best ever Valentine's Day gift--their entire catalogue for free starting Friday, February 14 (yes, today) until Saturday at noon EST. The music will be available on the group's website.
"It's about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it," De La Soul member Posdnuous told Rolling Stone. "Its been too long where our fans haven't had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them."
Get your hard drive ready.
(h/t Rolling Stone)
Colorlines - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 18:30
The call went out on Twitter early this morning: #CancelTheInterview. Next Tuesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo will air an interview with George Zimmerman, the man whom a Florida jury last year acquitted of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. His death and his parents' grief prompted demonstrations across the country.
A Change.org petition with more than 500 signatures so far, has also been posted. Zimmerman resurfaced in the news recently because of an on-again, off-again boxing match, originally with rapper DMX. That fight was called off via Tweet on February 8th. But conflicting reports suggest a fight, opponent and location unknown, may happen after all.
Is it irresponsible for journalists to interview Zimmerman? Or, is the media simply doing its job? Weigh in.
Hyphen Blog - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 16:07
If language has cultural significance, it's significant what our culture says about language.
New America Media - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:00
Sheng nu is Chinese for “leftover woman” -- a term used to describe an unmarried woman, usually over the age of 30. These women are usually well educated and successful in their careers, yet are perceived as losers by mainstream... Summer Chiang http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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