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The Endless Pursuit of Fair Skin

Along Harlem’s commercial centers like 125th and 116th Streets, almost every beauty shop and general store sells an assortment of skin-lightening products, many of them popular imports from West Africa.

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A Haitian-American Filmmaker’s Journey Towards the American Dream

Perri Pierre began his filmmaking career with a story about a Haitian-American trying to find out his mother’s fate in Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake.

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A Nepali Night on the Town

Hot oil sizzles up from the frying pans that Rekha Shrestha pulls on and off the six burners in front of her at Bhims Café, where she fries up Nepalese rice doughnuts.

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Far From Home, Beauty Pageants Remain Popular

Every Saturday morning, Marcela Barrera of Jackson Heights hair sprays her daughter’s ringlets, helps her pick out an outfit appropriate for the season, and then brings her daughter to a modeling class at Super Star Dance Studio. It is there that Barbara, 6, learns how to strut, pose and shuffle her feet to the quick beats of a Bachata tune.

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Teachers Recreate Haitian Folk Tales With a New Beat

Two high school teachers are bringing a creative twist to Haitian folk tales, setting them to full orchestration.

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Interest in Contemporary Russian Literature Grows in US

One cultural consequence of the international crisis in Ukraine and the worsening of U.S.–Russian relations is that Americans are more interested in engaging with Russian culture than they have been in the last decade.

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Are Esrogim the Perfect Fruit?

Italian-born Rabbi Leizer Rodal opened shop in Crown Heights to sell esrogim, traditional fruit for Sukkot.

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Crown Heights Gallery Show Aims to Defend Israel Through Art

An Orthodox-owned gallery in Crown Heights held a “Spiritual Defense” group art show, seeking to spiritually protect Israel through the power of good deeds and creativity.

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The Untold Stories of Early Chinese Americans

Chinese American: Exclusion and Inclusion, an exhibit that opened at the New York History Society this week, explores the Chinese American saga as a key part of American history.

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Russian Comic Seeks Humor Bridge for Generation Gap

Gary Spielberg fills the gap in the market for Russian-American comedy with video series “Sh– Russian Grandmas Say.”

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