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‘You Don’t Get Ebola from African Hair Braiding’

‘You Don’t Get Ebola from African Hair Braiding’

African, Manhattan December 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

In a video for Afrikanspot, the African owner of Assana’s Hair Braiding Center in Harlem says “it’s not fair” and it “really, really hurts” that customers are staying away over fears of getting Ebola.

The Dominican Republic Congress is debating whether to legalize abortion. (Photo via El Diario)

Local Dominicans Divided over Abortion Laws Back Home

Dominican, Health, New York December 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

El Diario interviewed Dominicans about proposed changes in the abortion law in the Dominican Republic, which is being debated by the country’s congress.

From left: Yoonhee Choi, of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, and Paul Yoo, of the Korean American Association of Queens, speak about their plan to  Korean Air, on Dec. 12 at Leonard Square in Flushing. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Groups in NY Call for Boycott of Korean Air

East Asian, Transportation December 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Following the “nut rage” incident on Korean Air, Korean-American groups are calling for a boycott of the airline over the company’s actions, reports Korea Daily.

Bard High School Early college student Mo Tyler at Foley Square (Photo by Zach Williams via The Lo-Down)

Bard Students Organize Against Police Brutality

Manhattan, Police, Youth December 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Students at Bard High School Early College have been organizing others to protest police brutality, The Lo-Down reports.

Getting a taste at the Coquito Masters competition in Parkchester back in November.  (Photo by Mi Young Park via Hunts Point Express)

Contest Celebrates Puerto Rican Christmas Drink

Bronx, Food, Traditions December 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

For the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx, the annual coquito competition gives an opportunity to celebrate culture and Christmas, reports Hunts Point Express.

Tenants facing eviction at 590 Bushwick (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Bushwick Tenants Fight Eviction

Brooklyn, Housing December 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Tenants of 590 Bushwick Ave. are fighting eviction by a new owner, following years of paying rent month-to-month, Brooklyn Brief reports.

Ellie (Xinrui) Zhu (Photo via World Journal)

How Asian Students Get into Specialized High Schools

East Asian, Education December 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

A young Chinese-born filmmaker looked at the special factors at work that help Asian students get into specialized high schools, World Journal reports.

Michael Blake (Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Gearing Up to Serve Bronx District

Bronx, Politics December 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Michael Blake, the new assembly member for the 79th district, talks with Norwood News about his plans.

Authors of stories that appear in "Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1" at a book launch.(Photo by Marguerite Ward via City Limits)

A Memoir of the Bronx – Written by Locals

Bronx December 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

“Bronx Memoir Project–Volume 1″ compiles more than 50 diverse stories from Bronx residents, published in part to combat misconceptions of the borough, reports City Limits.

Nam Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers St. in New York's Chinatown (Photo by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

An Immigrant Returns: How to Preserve the Past?

In the last of three articles, Sing Tao Daily reporter Rong Xiaoqing returns to China and assesses development and ways to preserve the past.

A Saturday of Protest: Ready for Millions March

A Saturday of Protest: Ready for Millions March

Criminal Justice, Featured Posts, New York, Video December 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Protesters prepare for the Millions March on Dec. 13, organized in response to the grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.

by Jack D'Isidoro

A Pastor From Ghana Offers Blessings

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Religion, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Members of the largely West African congregation of Rev. Eric Kofi Owusu say his blessings, which are characteristic of a kind of Pentecostal Christianity practiced in Ghana, are worth every penny of their offerings.

Mitsuwa Prepares for the Japanese New Year

Mitsuwa Prepares for the Japanese New Year

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the tristate area, has seen a decline in Japanese customers since the 1990s but many turn out in December as the community gears up for New Year’s.

(left photo by Brian Jeffery Beggerly, Creative Commons license, right photo by Phil Davis, Creative Commons license)

An Immigrant Returns: Comparing Bike Cultures

In this second of three articles, Sing Tao Daily reporter Rong Xiaoqing returns to China and compares the bike culture of cities there and that of New York.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via EDLP)

Virgin of Guadalupe Caught in the Crossfire in NYC

Mexican, Religion December 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This year, the traditional Guadalupan Torch (Antorcha Guadalupana) run will not reach St. Patrick’s Cathedral, El Diario reports.