Shereen Marisol Meraji http://wuwm.com en 35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her http://wuwm.com/post/35-years-after-minnie-ripertons-death-new-fans-still-find-her <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE0pwJ5PMDg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DR_NMtBEj4</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 35851 at http://wuwm.com 35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary http://wuwm.com/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 34928 at http://wuwm.com 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? http://wuwm.com/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 34803 at http://wuwm.com Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? A View On The World Cup, Seen From An LA Bar On A Midweek Morning http://wuwm.com/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 34712 at http://wuwm.com Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure http://wuwm.com/post/shape-and-check-la-barbers-start-testing-blood-pressure Barbershops are a traditional gathering place for African-American men — a place to talk politics, sports and gossip. Now, some doctors in Los Angeles are hoping to make the barbershop a place for combating high blood pressure among black men.<p>Death rates from hypertension are three times higher in African-American men than in white men of the same age, says Dr. Ronald Victor, the director of Cedars-Sinai Center for Hypertension in Los Angeles.<p>"Hypertension is one of the biggest reasons why the life expectancy of African-American men is only 69 years," Victor says. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 34339 at http://wuwm.com Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure In LA, Barbers Cut Hair And Check Blood Pressure http://wuwm.com/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 34328 at http://wuwm.com For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework http://wuwm.com/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 33729 at http://wuwm.com For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War http://wuwm.com/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 33459 at http://wuwm.com Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools http://wuwm.com/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 31569 at http://wuwm.com Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors http://wuwm.com/post/after-decades-university-and-latinos-will-shutter-its-doors The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.<p>NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. Mon, 05 May 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 30690 at http://wuwm.com After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors