NYC Public School System Still Facing Racial Diversity Challenges

A recent study on the racial makeup of students who were accepted into New York City’s elite specialized high schools showed that 5% of students offered seats for next fall are black, 7% Hispanic, 28% white and 52% Asian. New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says she will continue to review ideas on how to increase diversity at this level of education but also admits, “at the end of the day, however, the best way to increase diversity at these schools is to ensure that every student goes to a great elementary and middle school.” Is this enough? Click here to read more.

How To Experience Foods From Around The World Without A Passport

It’s been said that Queens, NY is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. With that comes authentic cuisine from around the globe. Travel Channel‘s Bizarre Foods, hosted by Andrew Zimmern, dedicated an episode to some of the more interesting dishes you may not be able to find at your local strip mall. If you want to experience food from countries without having to have a passport, take a trip to the borough of Queens.

Meet the New Mayor of New York and His Multicultural Family

Why the De Blasio Family Matters: Meet the ‘Boring White Guy’ of the Future

As New York’s final primary votes are counted and analysts examine the campaign that made Bill de Blasio the likely next mayor, it’s clear that race matters — just not in the way some might have expected. Earlier in the week, Mayor Bloomberg had characterized De Blasio as “racist” for “making an appeal using his family,” and his widely condemned comment pointed to an insidious prejudice: the assumption that interracial families, simply by existing in public, are somehow rubbing themselves in everyone’s faces.

A white man can hug his black wife without “using” her or “making an appeal,” of course. And yet the De Blasios also demonstrate how appealing that simple act can be. An increasingly multicultural America is hungry for public figures who reflect their ideals. The De Blasios understand that — which helps explain how De Blasio’s populist campaign “grabbed at least one-third of every major ethnic group’s vote.”

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A Q&A With Youngest Mayor in NY history: Mayor Svante Myrick [via @PolicyMic]

Policy Mic is this great community based news site powered by Millennials. They just published a Q&A with Svante Myrick, who: “would have been considered an unlikely candidate to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca, New York’s history. Raised by a single mother, Myrick and his three siblings spent nights in homeless shelters and relied on the local food pantry when money was tight. Yet, inspired by his mother’s perseverance and work ethic, Myrick worked his way through Cornell University and at 24 was elected mayor of the City of Ithaca.” Svante has recently been closely mentored by Cory Booker. Heres are a few quotes from the interview where he talks about himself:

SM: A few times we were very, very poor and a few times we were homeless. We spent weeks or months in homeless shelters, the longest stints lasted a few months. It was tough. [Going through that], you can see how powerful a community of support is.  How a family has to be part of that, friends have to be part of that, the government has to be part of that. I still believe a smart energetic government is a positive thing for our society. (…)

I thought I had something to contribute. I loved [Ithaca], and I wanted to be useful, and I thought I could be useful. The average age in Ithaca is only 20 years old, and there weren’t any students on the ten-person City Council. There were a lot of issues that were being ignored, renters right to infrastructure upgrades, and a number of issues in the teenage community in Ithaca.

DS: You are also one of the youngest elected African-Americans in U.S. history. How do you see this achievement?

SM: It’s overwhelming a bit. A large part of that achievement doesn’t belong to me. I’m only allowed to be elected because of what black Americans did before me. It was not something I used to think about a lot, but once a teenage boy told me that he was in City Hall, and he was stopped in the elevator and asked “Hey, are you the mayor?” As a young black teenager in this country, he gets confused for a lot of things. People follow him around in stores, people walk on the other side of the street when they see him, but he was never assumed to be a figure of authority. He was never mistaken for someone who should be looked up to and respected. It changed the way he saw himself, and I think that’s pretty cool.

SM: There’s this myth that says serving in government has to be a second career. Young people have something valuable to contribute right now with their energy, with their creativity, and with their moral authority. Government needs these values right now. So if you want to serve, jump right in.

Sapphire: Little Germany via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

Downtown Manhattan’s Vibrant Scene Crystallizes with a New Launch from the Best-Selling Bremen Brewery: An assortment of 21st-century transplants channel the energy and nightlife of their native Germany into the bakeries, beer gardens and bars of New York’s Lower East Side in this film celebrating Read More

Muhammad Yunus’ Q&A w/ USA Today

This man was chosen for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his ability to help reduce poverty in Bangladesh by loaning as little as $30 for people to start their own businesses. Now he has a new initiative called “social businesses” that even exists in the United States. Could he change the world. Read his Q&A as he discusses his Nobel Peace Prize winning endeavor and his new initiative. Read More

JR Turns Times Square “Inside Out” [VIDEO]

Yesterday we showed you a trailer for the documentary on French artist JR and his Inside Out project. Today we came across a video from ANIMAL as they show you how you can get involved in JR’s mobile photo booth project called Inside Out new York. See the clip and get all the details of the project after the jump. Read More

Officers Who Shot Kimani Gray Have Been Repeatedly Sued for Civil Rights Violations

We didn’t get too much into the story of the young teen that was killed in Brooklyn by two NYPD officers last week, but you may have noticed us retweet Talib Kweli‘s tweet in regards to the news. Today we came across a story that points out these officers not being unfamiliar with interactions violating others and their Civil Rights. Hit the jump for some examples.

Between them  there are 5 civil lawsuits which cost the city a total of $215,000 in settlements, court records show.

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