Archive for October, 2009

Harlem Market Dresses Africans, African-Americans

Harlem Market Dresses Africans, African-Americans

BY KATIE MOISSE
Despite the dim economy, the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market is bright with traditional West African merchandise. The market still brings West Africans closer together and African Americans closer to their roots.


Native Spanish Speakers Only: A Queens High School’s Unusual Requirement

Native Spanish Speakers Only: A Queens High School’s Unusual Requirement

BY SOMMER SAADI

Students at Pan American, the factory-building-turned-school located in the Hispanic-dominated neighborhood of Elmhurst, Queens, must be native Spanish speakers who have lived in the U.S. for less than four years. This year, the school’s third, Pan American is welcoming 275 students, mostly from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Colombia, to grades nine through 11.


Bronx Kids Score Big with Former Soccer Pro

Bronx Kids Score Big with Former Soccer Pro

BY VICTOR LI
Franco Mena is upset. His team of young soccer players is about to face off against the Mexican team a few blocks away, but as Mena is laying out strategy to his huddle, he sees one of his players paying more attention to his cleats than his coach. Another is looking over at the interloper who has been assigned to write about the team.


Honduran Independence Parade

Honduran Independence Parade

BY VICTOR LI
Audio slideshow from the Honduran independence parade


Nine-Year-Old Girl Wins Spelling Bee

Nine-Year-Old Girl Wins Spelling Bee

BY VICTOR LI

For 9-year-old Shivani Angappan, “poinsettia” spelled v-i-c-t-o-r-y. Luckily for her, she didn’t actually spell it that way.

With the poise of someone twice her age and the vocabulary of someone three times as old, Angappan strode to the microphone and proved that she didn’t need spell-check, an iPhone app. or an electronic dictionary in order to spell.