News & Politics

Dominican Newspaper Mistakenly uses Alec Baldwin SNL Photo in Donald Trump Story

El Nacional, a major newspaper in the Dominican Republic, issued an apology Saturday after readers realized a photo of Donald Trump, used for a story on U.S. – Israeli relations, was actually Alec Baldwin portraying Trump on SNL. According to the paper, the mistake went “unnoticed” due to a “mix-up of photos.”


The paper officially stated, “The picture was sent that day by the Associated Press with the name of the actor and the program, but was placed as if it were the one of Trump. El Nacional apologizes to the readers and to all those who felt sincerely affected by the publication. Alec Baldwin imitates Trump on one of the most important shows in the U.S.” A full retraction and explanation will be printed in Sunday’s paper. Meanwhile, Twitter had a field day responding to the paper’s mix-up.

Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” in One Book, One New York Initiative

New York City is proud to be the creative capital of the world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The One Book, One New York initiative provides the perfect opportunity to bring City residents from all five boroughs together through reading. This initiative will inspire New Yorkers to unify in their appreciation of the written word and to share in the support of the city’s important publishing industry.”

“One Book, One New York will help readers connect with one another while rediscovering their local libraries and their independent neighborhood bookstores,” said Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. “One Book, One New York will reignite conversations about reading throughout the City, from our libraries to our subway platforms, from our local bookstores to the coffee shop.”


As part of the program, five celebrities appear in videos advocating for a particular book.  Bebe Neuwirth, William H. Macy, Giancarlo Esposito, Larry Wilmore and Danielle Brooks are rolling out the campaign. New Yorkers will then vote on the book they think everyone should read. Announcement of the final choice is set for March.

All of the nominated books have a connection with the New York City area, and copies of them are available in each New York Public Library branch. The nominated books are:

  • Americanahby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Selloutby Paul Beatty
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith



Vote for your favorite here: 

Massive Protest by Latinos, non-Latinos & Small Businesses In Support of “A Day without Immigrants”

Today as part of “A Day without Immigrants” protest, thousands of local businesses are closed today, and many employees are staying home and skipping work as well.

“It’s going to hurt a lot of businesses and especially the economy,” said one Ramon De La Cruz a small business owner in Brooklyn.  “But it’s for a good cause.”


De La Cruz is willingly giving up a day’s profits to participate in “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes,” or “A Day Without Immigrants.”

The movement, Ramon said, is meant to show the entire country how large and involved the Hispanic population is.

There is even a hashtag, which is #protestthursday

Bodegas, restaurants, Laundromats, doctors, lawyers —  every single business is hurting with this economy, but we still have to stand for something” He said. “my wish, that by doing this they see that we are important to, New York and the whole country.


The movement doesn’t only call for businesses to close down on the Feb.16, it also calls for all immigrants to stay home, to not spend money online or in stores, to close their businesses and to not attend school or classes.

Rallies are planned has been planned throughout the country, a unified voice is growing on “Un Dia Sin Immigrantes.”

Organizers have called for a peaceful protest.  They’re asking attendees to wear white shirts to show a peaceful movement and to wear or bring U.S. flags.

These are the Sates (Cities) that in which there will be active protesting in business closed and or rallies: New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona, California and Colorado,

To many of the participants,  the most important thing is to show their community and families that they aren’t alone.

“We just want to let them know that we are with them,” De La Cruz said.

How Effective was #DeleteUber?



Now that a week has passed since angry Uber customers committed to deleting their accounts in the wake of Uber driving still working during a taxi strike, it’s interesting to know just how many actually canceled their accounts, not just uninstalling the app. According to the New York Times, more than 200,000 users officially canceled their accounts. Did users keep their promise because of last weekend’s event or because Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick was on President Trump’s economic council, despite the immigration ban? “Was” being the key word here. Kalanick stepped down from the council, something that his employees had urged him to do.
Though Uber was accused of trying to make a profit out of the taxi boycott of John F. Kennedy Airport, the ride-sharing app’s rival, Lyft, actually made it out on top in the long run. According to Mashable, downloads for both Uber and Lyft appear to have switched: Lyft surged while Uber plummeted during the last week of January. This happened with both iPhone and Android users. But as we entered into February, Uber downloads were up again but there’s no telling if those 200,000+ former Uber customers redownloaded the app.
So it’s becoming more and more apparent how today’s political climate affects the technology we’ve become so dependent on in the 21st century – even if it’s something as simple as a taxi from a busy airport.

Latino immigrant wins digital equity award for inspiring youth to learn coding

Latino immigrant wins digital equity award for inspiring youth to learn coding

Antonio Tijerino knows what it’s like to have his intelligence questioned because he didn’t speak English, he immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua with his parents when he was just 6 years old.

As president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for almost 15 years, Antonio has launched many projects to encourage teenagers and minorities to learn coding skills. For the fellowship, Tijerino flew about 20 students to the nation’s capital in October to show off apps and video games they had created to solve a problem in their communities.


He has also served on panels at companies like Microsoft, where he said that Latinos “clean hotel rooms” and “serve your food,” but they need to learn coding and computer programming in order to truly move up in society.

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, which awarded him the “Champion of Digital Equality Award” on Jan. 20. The nonprofit promotes civil rights in mass media and broadband industries.

About 40 percent of students in the national study reported that lack of Internet access results in failure to complete homework, and it impairs the academic performance of Hispanic and African American students more than white and Asian students.


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Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez joins elected officials, advocates, radio DJs and the family of DJ Jinx Paul, who was killed in a hit and run crash last December, to unveil legislation to
create a hit and run alert system in New York City. The legislation would create an alert system through a number of channels, to support the NYPD in capturing perpetrators of hit and runs.
Following a year where 39 people were killed by hit and run drivers in NYC and over one per week
were killed or faced life-threatening injuries, this legislation will ensure that perpetrators are captured
and prosecuted.

Furious customers delete Uber app after drivers went to protest at JFK airport during

Thousands of Uber customers have deleted their app and posting the evidence to social media after some of its drivers tried to do business at JFK airport during a taxi strike.

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The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for all drivers to avoid John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday to make way for protests against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim countries from entering the US.

Many users noted that Uber still appeared to be servicing riders during the strike. The company also tweeted after the strike saying it had halted higher fares that normally kick in during periods of increased demand.

In response, people began deleting Uber from their phones and posting the evidence to Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #deleteUber

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“We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet — it was not meant to break up any strike,” the company said. “We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”

The company employs over 35,000 drivers in the New York City region.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent an email to employees Sunday announcing a plan to help drivers who may be overseas and unable to reenter the country because of Trump’s travel ban, which he called “unjust.”

Kalanick said Uber would provide lawyers and immigration experts to drivers barred from entering the country using a $3 million company-created legal defense fund. Drivers will also be compensated for lost wages.

Kalanick was recently names among 19 executives who will provide economic advice to Trump. Kalanick now says he will urge the government to reinstate travel immediately.

President Trump vs. Mayor de Blasio

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President Trump has been in office just seven days and he’s already signed four executive orders, keeping up with campaign promises, one of which was taking a step further into deporting millions of undocumented immigrants as well as building that infamous wall (that’ll probably never be built). The order titled “Enhancing public safety in the Interior of the United States”, orders to what have been nicknamed as “sanctuary cities”, cities like New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more, to comply with any requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and threatens to cancel any federal grants to those that don’t comply. These cities appear to be targeted because they offer social services to its residents, regardless of immigration status. One service we know of here in New York City is the Municipal ID program known as IDNYC, not only offers free admission to a select number of the City’s museums but is also a great alternative to some form of photo ID for city resident who cannot otherwise obtain one through the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

So what are these sanctuary cities doing in response? NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS’s attorney general, and California legislators aren’t planning on complying with this executive order. Miami-Dade County, on the other hand, is a different story.

Mayor de Blasio, along with former mayor Mike Bloomberg, doesn’t see undocumented immigrants as such, but as fellow New Yorkers. According to DNAInfo, de Blasio acknowledges that “we have half a million New Yorkers who are undocumented and they are part of the fabric of this city,” and has already started to set aside a reserve fund in case those federal cuts do happen. As reported by the Daily Beast, Bloomberg stated during his tenure as mayor, “although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying their visas and our businesses broke the law by employing them, our city’s economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported.” That Daily Beast article highlighted undocumented day laborers in NYC who simply look to make an honest dollar. The city receives an estimate of $7 billion from the federal government, which contributes to law enforcement and NYPD’s anti-terrorism efforts, social services such as NYCHA and other affordable housing, public assistance, child protective services as well as HIV/AIDS prevention programs, which is almost fully funded by federal dollars.

New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman outright called this executive order “unconstitutional”, noting the trust that has been built between immigrant communities and local law enforcement is vital to the safety of ALL citizens. He released a full statement on this, using the president’s favorite form of mass communication: Twitter.



According to the LA Times, California’s high court decisions have interpreted financial threats like this as an unlawful intrusion on the state’s rights. San Francisco officials have determined that since the wording of the executive order is rather vague, it may not even be applicable to them.

Miami, on the other hand, has given in to such demands. According to USA Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has refused for years to detain undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities but changed his mind upon the signing of the order since it would cut federal funding. Gimenez signed his own executive this week ordering the director of Miami-Dade’s corrections department to begin complying with any requests from ICE. Money talks, huh?


STILL a lack of diversity at the Oscar’s


The nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards have officially been released and, you guessed it, the list lacks much in diversity.

Out of the 122 total nominations in its categories, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, only 31 of those are highlighting the accomplishments of actors/actresses of color or featured a diverse cast. The Spanish short film Timecode was the only Latino nomination, contending for Best Short Film; Rogue One starring Diego Luna and Felicity Jones received a nomination in Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Other than that, iconic films Fences and Hidden Figures each received four and three nominations, respectively. Moonlight, a film about the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami received a total of eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. With the array of wonderful movies released in 2016, it makes you wonder what the criteria are for an Oscar-worthy film.

Welcome to America, Chapo!


Its Official, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been Extradited to America…and he’s coming straight to Brooklyn!

kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who became a legend in Mexico through his prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of local cops and US Federal agents has been was extradited and transported to the United States on January 19th 2017

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Mexican authorities planned to turn over Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, before Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official shared with the media.  A Mexican court on denied Guzman’s appeal of the extradition.

The US Justice Department confirmed the announcement Guzman’s initial appearance are forthcoming. He faces six separate indictments.

Cartel Boss will stand trial in Brooklyn New York. Guzman was picked up by a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US marshals. They will take him to New York. He is expected to stand trial in Brooklyn, no date was given.

“The Justice Department extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States,” it said in a statement, Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US District Court in Brooklyn on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005. The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from various Colombian drug organizations.

“EL Chapo” Guzman also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Florida and New Hampshire.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has said it had received assurances that if convicted Guzman would not receive the death penalty. Mexico opposes death sentences. For years, the notorious cartel leader has been staying ahead of the law. He is known for using a maze of secret underground tunnels for both evading authorities and moving the massive quantities of drugs that made the Sinaloa Cartel very powerful and dangerous.

Guzman’s recapture in January 2016, after many months as a fugitive represented a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico. For many, “El Chapo” has become a symbol of the Mexican government’s corruption.

Guzman, also escaped In 2001 and again in 2015 by crawling through an opening in the shower area of his cell block leading to a nearly mile-long tunnel. In August, Guzman’s son was kidnapped from a Puerto Vallarta restaurant, in what was perceived as an attempt to exploit the cartel’s vulnerability. He was later freed.

“El Chapo” is aware that drug trafficking won’t end once he’s gone. “The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” he told actor Sean Penn in an interview in October 2015.