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African Diasporic Music: Designed to Conquer the World

Some of the biggest syrupy theories on the origin of rock & roll and jazz tie it inevitably to slavery, as if that is what you get when humble African melodies and rhythm crawl through the horrors of U.S. bondage and back out the other side. And when it staggered to its feet, it allegedly pounded with the kind of…

Discover the heritage-infused tacos revolutionizing Queens’ food scene

Fernando Ruiz grew up visiting family on Mexico’s eastern coast nearly every summer. It was important to his mother that he embrace his heritage. At the schools he attended throughout New York — whether Brooklyn Heights, the Upper West Side, East New York, or Bensonhurst (the family moved a lot) — Ruiz was often the only Mexican student in his…

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Freedom Isn’t Free

This Wednesday, June 19 is Juneteenth, the date when enslaved people in Texas were given the news of their freedom in 1865. The marker of emancipation became a federal holiday in 2021, after decades of advocacy for its national recognition by people like Opal Lee — a native Texan who grew up attending local Juneteenth parades and was motivated to bring more awareness to the special date. 

URL Media’s Ishena Robinson highlights how freedom isn’t free and discrimination costs a price which begs the question of if this truly is the land of the free.

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The Evolution of Telenovelas Through the Years

Telenovelas – they are as Latino as it gets. For just about every first or second-generation American Latino immigrant, they are a part of those formative years that remain core memories forever.

Yes, these sometimes melodramatic, often over-the-top, but always captivating TV series have…

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