For East Bay immigrants, notary fraud is a common legal threat

Click here to check out the full investigative piece for Oakland North produced in collaboration with Alondra De La Cruz.

  • Wrote story about notary fraud, a common set-up that occurs because of the Spanish to English language barrier. Notaries unlawfully give legal advice to immigrants, and in many cases, pretend to be immigration attorneys.
  • Reported in Oakland and Richmond, California for four months.
  • Research on the topic, as well as interviews with subjects, required Spanish language proficiency.

Photo: Alondra De La Cruz

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After two years, Oakland nearing goal for high school ethnic studies courses

Click here to check out the full multimedia piece for Oakland North produced in collaboration with Alondra De La Cruz.

  • Wrote multimedia story about an Oakland Unified School District policy that required for all high schools to offer an ethnic studies course.
  • Reported for four months.
  • Created infographics.
  • Involved in pre-production and production of featured video.

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Vigil held for Jessica White in South Bronx

Click here to read my story published on the Mott Haven Herald.

Wrote story about the vigil of 29-year-old Jessica White, who died shielding her children from a shooting at the John Adams Public Houses playground in the South Bronx, New York. More than 100 people gathered to condemn the neighborhood’s continued gun violence.

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Edgy exhibit Charm & Vinegar opens at BronxArtSpace

Click here to read my story published at the Mott Haven Herald.

“Knitted tiger skins, knife shaped pillows, embroidered war scenes, and paper and clay dolls with troubled expressions are on display at a new exhibit hosted by BronxArtSpace. Charm & Vinegar features four artists who use domestic materials such as yarn and fabrics to recreate pieces representing serious themes like war and gentrification.

“Some of the things are quite charming, and some of them have an edge so they are sour,” said BronxArtSpace’s co-founder Linda Cunningham about the exhibit, which she began planning three years ago.

Cinnamon Willis is a Brooklyn native who has lived in Morrisania for 13 years. Her sculpted dolls exude angst…”

 

Bishop Arts bakery proudly keeps Mexican tradition of Rosca de Reyes cake

Click here to read my story collaboration published at The Dallas Morning News and Al Día Dallas Bishop Arts bakery proudly keeps Mexican tradition of Rosca de Reyes cake.

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“Manuel Téllez has muscle memory when it comes to baking Roscas de Reyes, a Mexican cake traditionally eaten on Three Kings Day; along with his family, he makes 24 pieces every half an hour.

The Téllez family owns Maroches Bakery, a Mexican shop in Bishop Arts that every year sells home-style Roscas de Reyes, similar to a Kings’ cake, for the traditional Catholic holiday of the Three Kings Day, which falls on January 6. Orders start trickling in since September, he said.”

Pastelerías y supermercados se llenan de roscas para celebración del Día de Reyes

Haz click aquí para leer mi artículo publicado en Al Día Dallas Pastelerías y supermercados se llenan de roscas para celebración del Día de Reyes.

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“Manuel Téllez conoce de memoria los pasos para preparar las roscas de Reyes: junto a su familia hace a mano 24 cada media hora.

Su negocio, la Pastelería Maroches en Bishop Arts, empezó a vender roscas desde antes de Navidad y ahora alista pedidos que se ordenaron en septiembre.

Mientras Manuel, de 39 años, corta y forma la masa de las roscas para ponerlas a reposar, su hija Mikhaella, de 14 años, acompaña a su abuelo Jorge a repartirlas. En el negocio, las otras hijas de Manuel, Andrea, de 16 años, y Valeria, de 20 años, también ayudan a preparar los platos en los que se entregan las roscas.”

Day of the Dead gaining a lively following

Click here to read my story collaboration published at The Dallas Morning News and Al Día Dallas Day of the Dead gaining a lively following.

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“Area retailers are making room for a new holiday spirit alongside the ghosts of Halloween.

Merchandise marketed for the Day of the Dead — the Mexican holiday honoring deceased loved ones — is spreading into mainstream America.

Target, Michaels, Walgreens and CVS are displaying skeleton-shaped cookies, greeting cards, garlands and costume makeup inspired by the Day of the Dead, which is observed on Nov. 2.”

Popularidad de la tradición del Día de Muertos crece en Estados Unidos

Haz click aquí para leer mi artículo publicado en Al Día Dallas Popularidad de la tradición del Día de Muertos crece en Estados Unidos.

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“Un libro para colorear con una calavera rosa del Día de Muertos salta a la vista en la primera repisa al entrar a la tienda de artesanías Michaels en Mesquite.

Al pasar el “Day of the Dead Coloring Book”, el pasillo ya medio vacío dedicado a la mercancía de Halloween también ofrece platos y servilletas con calaveras mexicanas con adornos rosa y verde fosforescente…”