Posted inArts

Challenging Yellowface in Ballet

New Yorkers have historically flocked to the ballet to watch holiday-themed shows such as the Nutcracker this time of year. The original production was first staged in the United States in 1944, at a time when being politically correct was not in the American consciousness. The Nutcracker, however, is filled with racial stereotypes, specifically ‘Yellowface.’ Yellowface is similar to Blackface. It is the practice of wearing exaggerated makeup in performances to imitate the appearance of a person of East Asian descent. 

Posted inFeatures

Ms. Kalita Goes to Washington

The White House celebrated Diwali this week in a big way. The biggest way. So much of diversity, equity and inclusion work tries to find ways institutions might adapt to meet us who have historically not felt a part of them. There was just something about the hallways, lined with paintings of white men—literally these are the corridors of power—suddenly transformed by marigolds and diyas.

Posted inSmall Biz Spotlight

Brooklyn Clay Industries

When Reuben King was growing up on the Caribbean island of Dominica, his family didn’t have a refrigerator. Instead, they would keep water cool by storing it in a clay vessel. He didn’t pay much attention to the making of the vessel because it was something he saw every day. It wasn’t until he was 17 and attended the Marigot Arts and Crafts Institute in Dominica that he fell in love with the art of pottery making.

Posted inFood Insecurity

Food Insecurity, exacerbated by the pandemic, continues to affect New Yorkers with disabilities

Food insecurity continues to be an unfortunate side effect of the pandemic, with the city’s most vulnerable suffering high rates. Disabled New Yorkers, specifically those with physical disabilities, have found it increasingly difficult not just to access food but to access food emergency services as well. Before the pandemic, disabled New Yorkers were already disproportionately food insecure. Currently, 28% of disabled New Yorkers live in poverty, twice the rate of non-disabled New Yorkers. 

Posted inDay Trips

Green-Wood Cemetery

In these waning days of fall, there’s only one place I can think of to immerse in art, trees, celebrity, the existential questions of life and death: Green-Wood Cemetery. The national landmark is the perfect backdrop right now for a family outing. If your brood is like mine — a range of ages, interests and moods — it’s hard to find a place to both bond and escape, and delight everyone for a few hours without a big schlep in the car or subway.