Shereen Marisol Meraji http://wuis.org en 35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her http://wuis.org/post/35-years-after-minnie-ripertons-death-new-fans-still-find-her <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE0pwJ5PMDg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DR_NMtBEj4</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 29127 at http://wuis.org 35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her Community Outraged Over Video Showing Officer Beating Woman http://wuis.org/post/community-outraged-over-video-showing-officer-beating-woman Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Prosecutors here in Los Angeles are being asked to look into what happened last week when an officer with the California Highway Patrol - the CHP - was caught on video repeatedly punching in African-American woman on the side of a freeway. The video has since gone viral and civil rights activists have called for swift action against the officer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 28948 at http://wuis.org 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary http://wuis.org/post/do-right-thing-celebrates-its-25th-anniversary Spike Lee's <em>Do the Right Thing</em> was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.<p>The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn.<em> </em>All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.<p><em>Do the Right Thing</em> would go on to be nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay, where it ultimately lost out to <em>Dead Poets Society Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 28307 at http://wuis.org 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? http://wuis.org/post/bathrobes-and-baby-carriers-stuff-manliness This summer, <em>All Things Considered</em> is looking at the lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a> and how things have changed — or haven't. Part of that is redefining masculinity, so the show asked me to ask guys about the stuff they equate with manliness today. (Submit your own stories in the <a href="#form">form below</a>.)<p>I started my very unscientific investigation on a Friday night at a Washington, D.C., barbershop. Fresh Cut owner Bernard Fernandez chose his Buick. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 28196 at http://wuis.org Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? A View On The World Cup, Seen From An LA Bar On A Midweek Morning http://wuis.org/post/view-world-cup-seen-la-bar-midweek-morning Fans of the U.S. soccer team gathered across the country to watch Thursday's World Cup match against Germany. More than a thousand people watched the game at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and many others filled Grant Park in Chicago. Meanwhile, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji was with fans in Los Angeles, and she offers some of their reactions. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 28120 at http://wuis.org Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure http://wuis.org/post/shape-and-check-la-barbers-start-testing-blood-pressure Barbershops are a traditional gathering place for African-American men — a place to talk politics, sports and gossip. Now, some doctors in Los Angeles are hoping to make the barbershop a place for combating high blood pressure among black men.<p>Death rates from hypertension are three times higher in African-American men than in white men of the same age, says Dr. Ronald Victor, the director of Cedars-Sinai Center for Hypertension in Los Angeles.<p>"Hypertension is one of the biggest reasons why the life expectancy of African-American men is only 69 years," Victor says. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27777 at http://wuis.org Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure In LA, Barbers Cut Hair And Check Blood Pressure http://wuis.org/post/la-barbers-cut-hair-and-check-blood-pressure A Los Angeles doctor is training barbers to check their customers for high blood pressure. He's targeting the social hubs for black men because of the health risks associated with hypertension. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27768 at http://wuis.org For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework http://wuis.org/post/these-inner-city-dads-fatherhood-comes-homework About two dozen dads — all African-Americans, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s — are standing in a circle participating in a call-and-response exercise:<p><blockquote><p>Call: You done broke them chains.<br /> Response: From my body and my brain!<br /> Call: But you was deaf, dumb and blind. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27197 at http://wuis.org For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War http://wuis.org/post/honored-puerto-rican-army-unit-made-name-itself-korean-war Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>They fought for the U.S. and countered ethnic stereotypes in the process. Today, President Obama honored the Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment. The president signed legislation recognizing the veterans for their military valor. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 26968 at http://wuis.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools http://wuis.org/post/brown-v-board-mendez-fought-californias-segregated-schools Sylvia Mendez says the only reason she wanted to go to an all-white school in California's Westminster District in the 1940s was because of its beautiful playground. The school that she and other Latino students were forced to attend didn't have monkey bars or swings.<p>"I was 9 years old," she says. "I just thought my parents wanted us to go to the nice-looking school."<p>But her parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas, were fighting for integration. Seven years before the Supreme Court's landmark decision in <em>Brown v. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 25236 at http://wuis.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors http://wuis.org/post/after-decades-university-and-latinos-will-shutter-its-doors The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.<p>NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. Mon, 05 May 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 24440 at http://wuis.org After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors More Art, Less Tequila In Tijuana On Spring Break http://wuis.org/post/more-art-less-tequila-tijuana-spring-break For decades, Southern Californians thought Tijuana was Spanish for "spring break." The streets of TJ used to be packed full of spring breakers pounding shots of tequila and taking drunken photos astride donkeys painted like zebras. That is, well, a thing of the past. The rise in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/world/americas/26mexico.html?_r=0">drug violence</a> over the years caused tourism in this border city to plummet. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 23515 at http://wuis.org More Art, Less Tequila In Tijuana On Spring Break Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest http://wuis.org/post/lending-circles-help-latinas-pay-bills-and-invest <em>As part of its Changing Lives of Women series, </em>Morning Edition<em> is exploring women and their relationship with money: saving, purchasing and investing for themselves and their families. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 22029 at http://wuis.org Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest Latin Pride Swells For Mystery Model Behind Oscar Statuette http://wuis.org/post/latin-pride-swells-mystery-model-behind-oscar-statuette The 8-pound, 24-carat-gold-plated statuette that will be handed out at the Academy Awards Sunday night is said to be modeled after a real man.<p>That man's name is not Oscar.<p>It might be Emilio, Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez. He was a famous Mexican director and actor who used to live in Hollywood in the 1920s. His nickname, "The Indian," came from the Kickapoo side of his family.<p>Ask old folks in Mexico City about him, and they'll tell you they love his movies. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 20033 at http://wuis.org Latin Pride Swells For Mystery Model Behind Oscar Statuette Pop Music Lags In Dealing With Interracial Love Anxieties http://wuis.org/post/valentines-day-songs-about-interracial-romance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5ywYq-dbJ4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW_rYLoIR08</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6JCCayPG7k</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT_SnwdPZfA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl1-yfL_SKg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiM6hF1naXE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ImU-Ooxvg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhad3LnxApg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrERLeFseDA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmALA8miQY8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTULqzrhBWA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoM4prkGCGc</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 18956 at http://wuis.org Pop Music Lags In Dealing With Interracial Love Anxieties English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes' http://wuis.org/post/english-only-mainland-puerto-ricans-answer-often-yes Javier Fossas asked me, "Do you speak Spanish?"<p>It's complicated. I do, but I'm really insecure about my Spanish.<p>I grew up in California in a Puerto Rican family where English was the dominant language. Adults used Spanish mostly to share secrets or express frustration. So I hate the Spanish question.<p>But it turns out my penchant for English isn't unique for a mainland Puerto Rican, according to a survey of American Latinos by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 17429 at http://wuis.org English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes' The First Latino 'Bachelor' Makes His Debut http://wuis.org/post/first-latino-bachelor-debuts-abcs-hit-show <em>The Bachelor</em> is back again. Yep — the ABC reality show where a single guy gets to choose a potential wife from a couple dozen women. This season's single guy is Latino. He's the first bachelor-of-color in the show's 11 year history.<p>And ABC's is really hyping it up, calling this month Juan-uary after the new star: Juan Pablo Galavis. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 16353 at http://wuis.org The First Latino 'Bachelor' Makes His Debut Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do http://wuis.org/post/why-chaucer-said-ax-instead-ask-and-why-some-still-do <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0aB-f_pHfs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZwOqLrF2M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 14250 at http://wuis.org Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants http://wuis.org/post/arturo-sandoval-free-blow-his-trumpet-way-he-wants A former president, a media mogul and a Cuban jazz trumpeter are among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday. That Cuban jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, happened to be performing not too far away from NPR West, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, last Friday. So I went to pay him a visit during rehearsals.<p>A heads up: This is one of those stories that are truly an aural experience. The best way to take in Sandoval is to hear him: his wonderful accent, his exuberance, his command of his instrument. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 13434 at http://wuis.org Arturo Sandoval: Free To Blow His Trumpet The Way He Wants An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years http://wuis.org/post/east-la-football-rivalry-unchanged-79-years An East Los Angeles rivalry has become the largest high school football game west of the Mississippi. The football teams of Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School will meet on the gridiron Friday night for the 79th year. The game is expected to draw 20,000 fans. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 12203 at http://wuis.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America http://wuis.org/post/whitest-historically-black-college-america It opened in the late 19th century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College is 90 percent white. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:08:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 11174 at http://wuis.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America LA Dodgers' Spark Yasiel Puig Is Lightning Rod For Criticism http://wuis.org/post/dodgers-wild-horse-yasiel-puig-credited-sparking-teams-comeback <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zDAbb6ttDw</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 10542 at http://wuis.org LA Dodgers' Spark Yasiel Puig Is Lightning Rod For Criticism Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement http://wuis.org/post/summer-63-old-lessons-new-movement <em>All this summer, NPR is looking back to civil rights activism of 1963, marking the 50th anniversary of a number of events that changed our society. From the </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/05/188727790/fifty-years-after-medgar-evers-killing-the-scars-remain">assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers</a><em> in Mississippi to the March on Washington; NPR is remembering the past and examining how our society has changed. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 7641 at http://wuis.org Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. http://wuis.org/post/latinas-drive-hispanic-purchasing-power-us Meet Pamela Maria Wright — the "contemporary Latina consumer." She has two kids — Nico and Rita — whom she hopes will be bilingual, as she is. She's a tech-savvy working professional with a master's degree, but she's also very traditional and family-oriented. (While I was visiting her home, her father showed up for a surprise visit. "How much more Latino can you get?" Wright asked.)<p>Wright not only consumes her media in English and Spanish, she also buys groceries biculturally. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:59:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 7213 at http://wuis.org Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers http://wuis.org/post/why-modern-latinas-are-challenge-marketers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Hispanic American are an increasingly important consumer demographic to woo. That's according to a new study from the market research firm Nielsen. The report says that most of today's Latinas are the primary decision makers when it comes to household spending.<p>But marketing to them is a real challenge, as NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji reports.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Welcome to the home of the contemporary Latina consumer.<p>PAMELA MARIA WRIGHT: Hi.<p>MERAJI: Hi. How are you?<p>Good. How are you?<p>WRIGHT: Good. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 7197 at http://wuis.org Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure http://wuis.org/post/comedian-aisha-tyler-writes-about-being-weird-kid Comedian and actor Aisha Tyler brews beer, plays video games, tells dirty jokes, drinks fancy booze and ... writes books.<p>She has a new one out this week: <em>Self-inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humilation</em>. We sat down in the NPR studios over a mug of 18-year-old scotch to talk about her most embarrassing moments on the road to success. (No, really, we did. Listen to us toast.)<p>For those of you wondering who Aisha Tyler is, here's a quick breakdown (to be read quickly):<p><ul><p><li><p>She played Ross's paleontologist love interest on <em>Friends</em>. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 5439 at http://wuis.org Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel http://wuis.org/post/what-blank-folks-dont-understand-about-rachel-jeantel Rachel Jeantel. Her hourslong testimony spanned two days of the George Zimmerman trial, and I bet you'll be talking about it with your friends over the weekend. She's the 19-year-old key witness for the prosecution who had a cellphone conversation with Trayvon Martin moments before he was killed.<p>And she most definitely touched a nerve.<p><a href="http://sherriwilliamsmedia.com/">Multimedia reporter Sherri Williams</a> created a pretty thorough Storify with what she called "good, bad and ugly tweets about Rachel Jeantel," since Jeantel's national television debut Wednesday. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 4997 at http://wuis.org What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades http://wuis.org/post/black-americans-give-entertainment-options-failing-grades All this week on Code Switch and on air we've been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/04/188301149/new-survey-takes-a-snapshot-of-the-view-from-black-america">digging into the findings</a> of a survey of African-American views of their communities, finances and social lives. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 3958 at http://wuis.org Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD http://wuis.org/post/usc-students-allege-racial-profiling-lapd The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.<p>USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.<p>"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 2353 at http://wuis.org USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland' http://wuis.org/post/seeking-oaklands-soul-new-oakland <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnZ-QLuEGSM</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 1298 at http://wuis.org Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland'