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Slideshow: an artist at work, with ink

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Robert “Chance” Molina’s tattoos look like the work of a lifetime. His parents’ faces stare out from his stomach. His arms are layered with intricate designs of skulls, flames, the Grim Reaper, and his daughter’s name, Bianca, to name a few. The tattoos are so interwoven it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins. Two immobile tears sit under each of his eyes.
Molina, 35, did not get his first tattoo until 2001. He tattooed eyebrows on himself and developed an immediate ink addiction. Since then, he has gotten about 500 tattoos, and he has tattooed them all himself, he said. “I’m actually at the point where I’m doing things in between tattoos. I’m just filling in spaces,” he said.

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Christmas Shoe Shine: A Dance

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Have your shoes lost their luster? Are you in need of a little holiday cheer? Head over to While “U” Wait Shoe Shine at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, have a seat, and ask for Marco. Christmas Shoe Shine from Emily Johnson on Vimeo.

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Youth Messenger

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .

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Steve Kulish is only 18, but he has big dreams on spreading God’s message to the masses. Kulish, from Howard Beach, is the son of a pastor. He created an organization called Spiritual Blood to serve as a community for the children of pastors and missionaries to come together to grow as individuals and in […]

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Treat Your Feet

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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At Nail Plus II in Maspeth, Queens customers are treated to the spa experience for just $15. Here a customer enjoys a pedicure administered by Nelly, a nail technician. A pedicure usually takes 15-20 minutes and is topped off with a free five minute soothing massage. Nail Plus Pedicure from uche abanobi on Vimeo.

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A Journey of Love

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by .

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Every morning Yadira Delgado, 22, drives 27 miles from her cramped Mott Haven apartment to Fairfield, N.J.  There she drops her 4-year-old daughter off at the New Beginnings School.  She gets back into her 1994 Honda Civic, unhooks the car seat that holds her 7-month-old son and places it in the passenger seat next to […]

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The Evolution of Salsa: A cultural Phenomenon

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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In the coming decades Salsa continued to grow and evolve as a form of extension and connection to home. In order to better serve its growing and widely diverse audience the bands added new instruments. Willie Colón introduced the cuatro, a rural Puerto Rican guitar. More executive decisions were made, such as the adding of […]

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The Evolution of Salsa: The Puerto Rican Expansion

Posted on 15. Dec, 2009 by .

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Mambo, unlike other derivative forms of music managed to also carry on many tenets and traditions that Jazz started. To that end mambo kept the big band structure while jazz began to falter in popularity and moved towards a smaller band structure characteristic of the bebop era. Throughout the 1950s Latin dance music, such as […]

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The Stylist, an audio slideshow

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Rowshana Jackson’s got style. After spending years as a home health aide, she’s using her natural talent to break into the fashion scene–as a stylist. On a recent Friday afternoon, Jackson primped and buckled a high-fashion lingerie model in a studio near Wall Street. For free.

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The Evolution of Salsa

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Tak! Tak!, Tak! Tak! Tak! That is the sound of the claves striking against each other as the music begins to play. This sound fills the air in many Hispanic neighborhoods around the country. The music produced sends people into a small frenzy and the party truly begins. Salsa is a music that some describe […]

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Kathak in the City

Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by .

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Kathak is one of eight classical dance forms of India. Because kathak originated in North India, it is the only Indian classical dance style that has Islamic influences: by India’s medieval shahs – the Mughals – and their Persian style. Kathak is also known for it’s tatkar (complex footwork), natural posture style and chakkars (intense […]

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