by Thomas Breen | Aug 13, 2018 8:01 am | Comments (25)
With sweat pouring down his face and the jubilant sound of drums, keyboards, and a hundred pairs of clapping hands before him, Pastor Kelcy Steele revved up one of New Haven’s most influential African-American congregations to make their presence known at the polls this Tuesday.
Continue reading ‘Pre-Primary Pulpit Call: Slay Goliath’
by Thomas Breen | Aug 7, 2018 1:11 pm | Comments (2)
Alders decided not to dip their toes into one well of international controversy on Monday night when they formally turned down a bid to rename a Middletown Avenue streetcorner after modern Turkey’s founding president.
Continue reading ‘“Ataturk Corner” Will Not Be’
by Carly Wanna | Jul 30, 2018 8:00 am
U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black claims that we live in a lunatic world — but one in which we can not simply survive, but thrive.
Continue reading ‘From The Hill To The Hood’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 26, 2018 2:26 pm
Beaver Hills Alder Jill Marks raised her voice City Hall to sing a little bit of “We’re Going to Make It.” The goal: To encourage people to make it to this year’s Gospel Fest New Haven.
Continue reading ‘Gospel Fest Is Back’
by Carly Wanna | Jul 23, 2018 8:13 am | Comments (3)
At Wooster Square fest.
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by Carly Wanna | Jun 8, 2018 12:34 pm | Comments (8)
Feray Gokcek has enough signatures to legally ask the government to name the corner of Scarboro Street and Middletown Avenue “Ataturk Corner” in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern-day Turkey. But he is missing one key piece — a letter of support from an alder in favor of the change.
Continue reading ‘“Ataturk Corner” Thwarted Again’
by Paul Bass | Jun 5, 2018 10:56 pm | Comments (23)
Watching Stacy Phillips contemplatively smoke his cigars in baggy pants and a T-shirt outside his Alden Avenue apartment or pass the hat between sets with his “bluegrass characters” at the Outer Space, you might not guess he won a Grammy.
Continue reading ‘A Star Ascends To Bluegrass Heaven’
by Natasha A.H. Ghazali | May 29, 2018 2:01 pm
Three years ago, on Feb. 10, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed by Craig Stephen Hicks in their North Carolina home. This horrific evening came to be known as the Chapel Hill Shooting, and is one of many hate crimes against Muslims. These acts of prejudicial aggression in our country have spiked following our most recent election year. An online piece called “The Islamic Administration” reports a “67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2016” and that “from the end of Jan. 27 through the end of March, there were approximately 32 anti-Muslim and anti-Arab incidents, or an average of one every other day,” (Brennan Center). The phenomenon is nothing new, we’ve seen it in the years following 9/11, but it has been fuelled more recently under the rhetoric of our new Presidential Administration.
Still, we try to understand: Where does this prejudice stem from?
Continue reading ‘The Muslim Women You’ve Never Met’
by David Sepulveda | Apr 2, 2018 12:23 pm
From groundbreaking to the laying of its foundation, to seeing cinderblock walls rise to support a pitched frame and the steel roof that would cover it, Westville and some New Haven supporters have cheered every stage of construction of a new health clinic located more than 5,000 miles away — one which they helped make happen.
Now there’s more work to do.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 30, 2018 8:10 am
When Rabbi Farbman prepares for Passover each year, his mind flashes on the seder he’ll never forget — one that helped set him on the path to join a modern exodus of Soviet Jewry.
Continue reading ‘The Seder When Farbman Tasted Freedom’