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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…if Bill de Blasio has scored some early wins, he’s also made some rookie mistakes. In particular, he needs to pick his fights more carefully, and to adhere to the old saying that you don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

more.

March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

What do yakuza gangsters, rogue catering companies, sumo wrestlers, and a giant gorilla rampaging through the streets of New York City have in common? These characters inhabit the world of Johnny Hiro, an ordinary college-aged underpaid sushi busboy who often finds himself landing in extraordinary situations.

more.

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

"I never wanted to be a star, I just wanted to get work."—Gregory Hines

He was born on this day in New York City, in 1946. He died in 2003, at 57.

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…recent independent reports…confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows. “Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service.'

January 30th, 2014
thesmithian
…it’s a confluence of a number of different things, primary of which is people’s desire to stay alive and free.

Rev. Michael McBride, he

directs the Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a project of the PICO National Network. The campaign is committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color.

and was responding to

"In 2013 there was a drop in homicides in Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond…in San Jose, [and] in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago—from your perspective what do you think is going on here?"

January 19th, 2014
thesmithian

…analyzes the public opinion differences between African Americans, African immigrants, and Afro-Caribbean immigrants in New York City…finds that Afro-Caribbean immigrants held some of the lowest opinions of the American Dream. Their collective frustration with a lack of opportunities placed them below African Americans and African immigrants.

more, plus an interview with Christina Greer, here.

January 12th, 2014
thesmithian

jayfingers:

Subway wisdom. #Brooklyn (at MTA Subway - Broadway (G))

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Cooler Than Zero
January 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…the [Harlem] restaurant’s…theme is summed up…as “Afro/Asian/American cuisine”…In beef suya, a house-made approximation of West African tankora spice rub and a flick on the grill leave the tender ribbons of meat nutty and lime-bright, with a buzz of African bird’s-eye chiles. Those chiles, also known as piri-piri, reappear, emulsified, over giant prawns, their fire tempered by a slaw of shaved green apples in lemon and sesame oil.

more.

December 24th, 2013
thesmithian
…if you live in a doorman building and have friends who aren’t white, that profiling becomes more visible. Most importantly, living in such a building, you start to see what so many people of colour already know: racial profiling in its various forms is done to ‘protect’ white people—to shield ‘us’ from ‘them.’ In a doorman building, what is implicit outside becomes obvious, and impossible to avoid: this racism is being done in my name.
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