Shereen Marisol Meraji http://apr.org en Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad http://apr.org/post/summer-camp-state-prison-chance-bond-dad On the list of activities for this summer camp: visiting Dad in a maximum security prison. The nonprofit group Hope House runs three camps to keep children connected with incarcerated dads who might not be close to home.<p>There are also plenty of arts and crafts, mosquito repellent and campfire songs.<p>Carol Fennelly founded Hope House in 1998, after a Washington, D.C.-area prison was closed, sending thousands of inmates to far-flung institutions. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 57805 at http://apr.org Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary http://apr.org/post/do-right-thing-celebrates-its-25th-anniversary Spike Lee's <em>Do the Right Thing</em> was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.<p>The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn.<em> </em>All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.<p><em>Do the Right Thing</em> would go on to be nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay, where it ultimately lost out to <em>Dead Poets Society Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 54845 at http://apr.org 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? http://apr.org/post/bathrobes-and-baby-carriers-stuff-manliness This summer, <em>All Things Considered</em> is looking at the lives of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america">Men in America</a> and how things have changed — or haven't. Part of that is redefining masculinity, so the show asked me to ask guys about the stuff they equate with manliness today. (Submit your own stories in the <a href="#form">form below</a>.)<p>I started my very unscientific investigation on a Friday night at a Washington, D.C., barbershop. Fresh Cut owner Bernard Fernandez chose his Buick. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 54736 at http://apr.org Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? A View On The World Cup, Seen From An LA Bar On A Midweek Morning http://apr.org/post/view-world-cup-seen-la-bar-midweek-morning Fans of the U.S. soccer team gathered across the country to watch Thursday's World Cup match against Germany. More than a thousand people watched the game at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and many others filled Grant Park in Chicago. Meanwhile, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji was with fans in Los Angeles, and she offers some of their reactions. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 54671 at http://apr.org In LA, Barbers Cut Hair And Check Blood Pressure http://apr.org/post/la-barbers-cut-hair-and-check-blood-pressure A Los Angeles doctor is training barbers to check their customers for high blood pressure. He's targeting the social hubs for black men because of the health risks associated with hypertension. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 54361 at http://apr.org For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework http://apr.org/post/these-inner-city-dads-fatherhood-comes-homework About two dozen dads — all African-Americans, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s — are standing in a circle participating in a call-and-response exercise:<p><blockquote><p>Call: You done broke them chains.<br /> Response: From my body and my brain!<br /> Call: But you was deaf, dumb and blind. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 53870 at http://apr.org For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War http://apr.org/post/honored-puerto-rican-army-unit-made-name-itself-korean-war Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>They fought for the U.S. and countered ethnic stereotypes in the process. Today, President Obama honored the Puerto Rican soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment. The president signed legislation recognizing the veterans for their military valor. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 53628 at http://apr.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools http://apr.org/post/brown-v-board-mendez-fought-californias-segregated-schools Sylvia Mendez says the only reason she wanted to go to an all-white school in California's Westminster District in the 1940s was because of its beautiful playground. The school that she and other Latino students were forced to attend didn't have monkey bars or swings.<p>"I was 9 years old," she says. "I just thought my parents wanted us to go to the nice-looking school."<p>But her parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas, were fighting for integration. Seven years before the Supreme Court's landmark decision in <em>Brown v. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 52051 at http://apr.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest http://apr.org/post/lending-circles-help-latinas-pay-bills-and-invest <em>As part of its Changing Lives of Women series, </em>Morning Edition<em> is exploring women and their relationship with money: saving, purchasing and investing for themselves and their families. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 49384 at http://apr.org Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do http://apr.org/post/why-chaucer-said-ax-instead-ask-and-why-some-still-do <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0aB-f_pHfs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZwOqLrF2M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 42634 at http://apr.org Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years http://apr.org/post/east-la-football-rivalry-unchanged-79-years An East Los Angeles rivalry has become the largest high school football game west of the Mississippi. The football teams of Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School will meet on the gridiron Friday night for the 79th year. The game is expected to draw 20,000 fans. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 40845 at http://apr.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America http://apr.org/post/whitest-historically-black-college-america It opened in the late 19th century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College is 90 percent white. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:08:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 39977 at http://apr.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement http://apr.org/post/summer-63-old-lessons-new-movement <em>All this summer, NPR is looking back to civil rights activism of 1963, marking the 50th anniversary of a number of events that changed our society. From the </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/05/188727790/fifty-years-after-medgar-evers-killing-the-scars-remain">assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers</a><em> in Mississippi to the March on Washington; NPR is remembering the past and examining how our society has changed. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 36437 at http://apr.org Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. http://apr.org/post/latinas-drive-hispanic-purchasing-power-us Meet Pamela Maria Wright — the "contemporary Latina consumer." She has two kids — Nico and Rita — whom she hopes will be bilingual, as she is. She's a tech-savvy working professional with a master's degree, but she's also very traditional and family-oriented. (While I was visiting her home, her father showed up for a surprise visit. "How much more Latino can you get?" Wright asked.)<p>Wright not only consumes her media in English and Spanish, she also buys groceries biculturally. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:59:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 35956 at http://apr.org Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers http://apr.org/post/why-modern-latinas-are-challenge-marketers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Hispanic American are an increasingly important consumer demographic to woo. That's according to a new study from the market research firm Nielsen. The report says that most of today's Latinas are the primary decision makers when it comes to household spending.<p>But marketing to them is a real challenge, as NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji reports.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Welcome to the home of the contemporary Latina consumer.<p>PAMELA MARIA WRIGHT: Hi.<p>MERAJI: Hi. How are you?<p>Good. How are you?<p>WRIGHT: Good. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 35929 at http://apr.org