Posts tagged "New York"

¡Que viva Lila Downs!

¡Que viva Lila Downs!
Lila Downs delivered a performance de coraz‪ó‬n, or from the heart, Saturday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago. Downs is on tour with her new album Pecados y Milagros or Sins and Miracles. A standout song from the album is “Pecadora.”  The song has notes of ska, klezmer and rap with lyrics in Spanish.... Read more »

Immigration on the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty

Immigration on the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty celebrates her 125th anniversary today. The statue was a gift of friendship given by France to the United States in 1886, and she has come to symbolize freedom and the American Dream. She is also a symbol for immigrants: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe... Read more »

One city cancels their Columbus Day parade

One city cancels their Columbus Day parade
I’m not one for celebrating Columbus Day. I’ve blogged about this topic before that I personally don’t celebrate the history that led to the genocide of indigenous people in the Americas. In some communities, there is growing disinterest in honoring Christopher Columbus. Some schools have stopped taking it as a holiday. In Albany, N.Y.,  the... Read more »
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@MayorEmanuel in Chicago, now in New York @ElBloombito Twitter parody

@MayorEmanuel in Chicago, now in New York @ElBloombito Twitter parody
Chicagoans are familiar with @MayorEmanuel, the parody Twitter feed created by my former Columbia College Chicago colleague Dan Sinker during the election campaign of our now Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now a New York woman has created a Twitter account to make fun of how New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg speaks Spanish. In a... Read more »

Facing Hurricane Irene

Facing Hurricane Irene
I went out for one more walk Saturday evening before Hurricane Irene hit Manhattan. I’m just getting to know my new neighborhood Morningside Heights (where I’m a visiting professor at Columbia University in the Graduate School of Journalism this fall). Walking was the only way around since the subways and buses were shut down at... Read more »

I arrived in New York in time for Hurricane Irene

I arrived in New York in time for Hurricane Irene
I landed in New York on Thursday but I never expected to be welcomed by a hurricane. I will be here through the fall as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. (I will be back in Chicago and teaching journalism again at Columbia College Chicago in January.) Instead of... Read more »
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Bin Laden's victims were from around the world

Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is dead. It’s a huge victory for American President Barack Obama. The relatives of his victims must also feel there has been justice. But this does not only impact Americans. Of the 3,000 people who perished at the Twin Towers, around 20 percent were born outside the... Read more »

From "terror babies" to "anchor babies," politicos are demonizing Muslims and immigrants

Lately some Americans are afraid of “The Others?”   I’m not talking about the movie with Nicole Kidman that deal with ghosts. I’m talking about something more scary. That is how Muslims and undocumented immigrants are being demonized by politicians and pundits. They are being called terrorists, criminals, “anchor babies” and even “terror babies.” Under... Read more »