Month: October 2019

Black Long Island Education Commission Protests Alleged Discriminatory Hiring at Brentwood School

“Closing the hiring gate is an act of hate,” and “Diversity means opportunity for all,” were just a few of the signs flashed during the Black Long Island Education Commission’s protest against the in-house hiring of two white male administrators in Brentwood. There was no job postings and no interview process for these positions. The …

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Long Island Natives Shine a Spotlight on Harsh Realities of Bullying With New Short Film

Long Island Natives Shine a Spotlight on Harsh Realities of Bullying With New Short Film

The worst day of 13-year-old Alexa Petito’s life was back in sixth grade when she found a fake Instagram account portraying her in a negative light that was created and operated by around 16 students at her old school in Nassau County. Alexa’s mom, Jacqueline Petito, said the most shocking image used was a kindergarten …

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Women on the Rise Expo and Forum Teaches Women the Art of Business

Women on the Rise Expo and Forum Teaches Women the Art of Business

The number of people diving into the entrepreneurial world in America is increasing, especially among women. According to an American Express 2018 business report, between 2017 and 2018 women started an average of 1,821 new businesses each day in the U.S. Women now make up around 40 percent of new entrepreneurs. People want to have …

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Hempstead Teen Creates and Teaches ESL Course For the Latinx Community

Hempstead Teen Creates and Teaches ESL Course For the Latinx Community

One day a young teen nervously walked into the Baldwin-based community center, 3 D’s Aftercare Inc., for an interview, and once she started talking about her desire to help the Latinx community learn English, the nerves melted away and her drive seeped through. “When I asked her what she was passionate about, she started to …

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6 Long Island Halloween Moves to Check Out For Cheap

6 Long Island Halloween Moves to Check Out For Cheap

Deepwells Haunted Mansion, Saint James This 16-room mansion was built in 1845 and is a hotspot for mediums and ghost hunters. Expect clowns, with an apparent guest appearance from Pennywise the Clown, dolls and at least one flexible possessed woman on your trip through the property. I say property because the journey doesn’t end in …

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IG Story Lands Gina Rodriguez Back in the Headlines and in the Hot Seat

IG Story Lands Gina Rodriguez Back in the Headlines and in the Hot Seat

We’ve all been told at some point that once you put something on the internet, it never really goes away. It seems like “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez did not get the memo. Rodriguez posted an Instagram story of her singing along to the classic Fugees hit “Ready or Not” and she said… well …

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The White House Says No Thank You to Cooperating in Impeachment Inquiry

The White House Says No Thank You to Cooperating in Impeachment Inquiry

On Tuesday, the White House sent an eight-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of other committees leading the impeachment inquiry stating the inquiry has “no legitimate basis.” The letter, written by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, said the investigation “violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process,” and that this is …

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Many Faces One Community: Teatro Yerbabruja Showcased Hispanic Culture During Art Festival

Many Faces One Community: Teatro Yerbabruja Showcased Hispanic Culture During Art Festival

“Art is a good way to release anything that’s kept inside our psyche and share something on the inside to the outside world,” said artist Alexandra Blazer when asked how artistic expression impacts her. Blazer was one of the many artists to attend Teatro Yerbabruja’s second annual Central Islip Downtown Art Festival on Sunday, Sept. …

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The State of Education on Long Island: How School Suspensions Hurt More Than Help

The State of Education on Long Island: How School Suspensions Hurt More Than Help

By Vanessa Parkes Some say, “One hand always knows what the other is doing when it comes to education.” In other words, no matter how often school administrators may have “acted” like they were unaware of a situation going on in their building or district, they usually are very much informed. Some adminiatrators are usually …

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