Lack of Language Access Is a Nationwide Crisis

Angelo Franco

Among its ranks, some 19,000 officers speak as many as 70 languages other than English. But in a polyglot city like New York with a gargantuan population of 8.5 million people, that may not be enough. According to the Census Bureau, there are as many as 1.8 million Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons in New York City alone – that is almost 1 in every 4 persons that can’t communicate in English proficiently (and more than half the entire population speaks a language other than English at home). 

South African Culture and History Come Alive in Durban

Brandpoint

Visitors can take an organized tour deep into tribal lands to experience Zulu culture with its exuberant ceremonies, traditional music, and dancing. You'll learn about Zulu beliefs and healing practices, break bread with local families, and learn the hidden meanings behind their colorful beadwork. Those seeking a truly transformative experience can arrange one-on-one sessions with the village healer or spend the night with a Zulu family in their home. 

New Zora Neale Hurston Book Slated for 2018

Jordannah Elizabeth

A barracoon is a place of confinement made specifically to hold Black slaves for a temporary period of time. This book will shed light on the reality of slavery through the eyes of a survivor. Hurston’s fearless talent and timeless writing and vision are still ever present and relevant today. “Barracoon” is set for release in May 2018. The new book, “Barracoon,” documents a period of three months Hurston spent in Plateau, Ala., where she met Cudjo Lewis. 

Abstract Expressionist Gems at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery

Anita Shapolsky

These works adhere to the gallery’s focus of abstract expressionist style, but offer an eclectic variety of genre, medium and eras. It exposes rare drawings, prints, photographs and paintings from some of the most significant artists of the 1950s and 1960s. This show follows our tradition of representing important artists from all backgrounds to the public. 

Misunderstood Foods That Are Now a Part of a Healthy Diet

Brandpoint

Shunned for many years, eggs were believed to be bad for heart health due to high cholesterol levels. However, numerous studies have shown that intake of dietary cholesterol has little influence on blood cholesterol levels. In fact, the Harvard School of Public Health states that the biggest influence on blood cholesterol level is the mix of fats and carbohydrates in your diet — not the amount of cholesterol you take in from food.

Healthcare Ranks as Top Issue as Midterm Elections Approach

Jordan Rau

Nationwide, 29 percent of registered voters ranked healthcare as the most important issue for electoral discussion — though it was far more important for Democrats than Republicans. Economy and jobs were close behind with 27 percent of voters rating it most important, and then immigration, with 24 percent listing it. The poll found that nearly half of Americans believed there is still a federal requirement for everyone to obtain health insurance.

Donald Trump: The Worst President on Minority Issues in Decades?

Lauren Burke

Trump says "there were very fine people on both sides" at the Charlottesville White nationalists rally, during a Trump Tower press conference. Never mind that one of the largest gatherings of racists in America since the end of the Civil Rights Movement occurred only eight months into Trump’s presidency. Put that aside. Trump’s “both sides” comments on who was to blame for the public street fight in the college town was all anyone needed to understand regarding the thinking of America’s 45th president on the issue of race.

A Traveler’s Guide to Melaka & Kuala, Malaysia

Christina Oriel

The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, adjacent to the Jonker Street, is easy to pass by, but is worth spending an hour inside. Owned and maintained by a family, the museum is composed of three restored townhouses that give an overview of Baba Nyonya culture, from how they entertained guests, celebrated weddings or used the bathroom. Photography is not allowed inside for maintenance purposes, but every inch of the structures is a feast for the eyes especially if you appreciate architecture.

'The Greatest Showman' and the Problem of ‘Exploitainment’

Adam Gravano

The Greatest Showman takes the second perspective. These aren't just “freaks.” Yes, the draw is their perceived defects and differences, but what would they be without them? Why shouldn't they take pride in these and showcase them to the world? Is this even right? Is it being done in such a way as to appeal to the coarse and base in us? The question should remain unanswered, as there's plenty of exploitative media to go around for the able-bodied and sound of mind as well: every cable news confrontation, the entire reality television niche, and the revelations of #MeToo lay bare an industry to which Barnum would hardly be a stranger — perhaps even unreconstructed. 

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