Shereen Marisol Meraji http://iowapublicradio.org en 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary http://iowapublicradio.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 42989 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Bathrobes And Baby Carriers: The Stuff Of Manliness? http://iowapublicradio.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 20:30:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 42916 at http://iowapublicradio.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://iowapublicradio.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 42871 at http://iowapublicradio.org In LA, Barbers Cut Hair And Check Blood Pressure http://iowapublicradio.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 42602 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honored Puerto Rican Army Unit Made A Name For Itself In Korean War http://iowapublicradio.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 20:13:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 41997 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools http://iowapublicradio.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 40711 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest http://iowapublicradio.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 38418 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lending Circles Help Latinas Pay Bills And Invest An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years http://iowapublicradio.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 21:06:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 31510 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America http://iowapublicradio.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 30751 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Whitest Historically Black College In America 'The Muslims Are Coming!' To Middle America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/muslims-are-coming-americas-south Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A group of Muslim comics went on tour through parts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, as well as Arizona. Their mission was to help Americans equate Islam with funny, rather than fundamentalist. And that is the topic of a new documentary called, "The Muslims Are Coming."<p>NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji met up with the directors.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Here's a quick taste of what happens when Muslim comics invade Middle America.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING")<p>NEGIN FARSAD: I'm an Iranian-American Muslim female. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 29133 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement http://iowapublicradio.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 27828 at http://iowapublicradio.org Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. http://iowapublicradio.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 15:47:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27386 at http://iowapublicradio.org Latinas Drive Hispanic Purchasing Power In The U.S. Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers http://iowapublicradio.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 09:47:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 27371 at http://iowapublicradio.org Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure http://iowapublicradio.org/post/comedian-aisha-tyler-writes-about-being-weird-kid Comedian and actor Aisha Tyler brews beer, plays video games, tells dirty jokes, drinks fancy booze and ... writes books.<p>She has a new one out this week: <em>Self-inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humilation</em>. We sat down in the NPR studios over a mug of 18-year-old scotch to talk about her most embarrassing moments on the road to success. (No, really, we did. Listen to us toast.)<p>For those of you wondering who Aisha Tyler is, here's a quick breakdown (to be read quickly):<p><ul><p><li><p>She played Ross's paleontologist love interest on <em>Friends</em>. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 23651 at http://iowapublicradio.org Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-blank-folks-dont-understand-about-rachel-jeantel Rachel Jeantel. Her hourslong testimony spanned two days of the George Zimmerman trial, and I bet you'll be talking about it with your friends over the weekend. She's the 19-year-old key witness for the prosecution who had a cellphone conversation with Trayvon Martin moments before he was killed.<p>And she most definitely touched a nerve.<p><a href="http://sherriwilliamsmedia.com/">Multimedia reporter Sherri Williams</a> created a pretty thorough Storify with what she called "good, bad and ugly tweets about Rachel Jeantel," since Jeantel's national television debut Wednesday. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 23206 at http://iowapublicradio.org What [BLANK] Folks Don't Understand About Rachel Jeantel What Would A 2013 Voting Rights Act (Section 4) Look Like? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/what-would-2013-voting-rights-act-section-4-look <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195787492/justices-voting-rights-ruling-draws-mixed-reactions">You've probably heard the news</a>. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 23080 at http://iowapublicradio.org What Would A 2013 Voting Rights Act (Section 4) Look Like? Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades http://iowapublicradio.org/post/black-americans-give-entertainment-options-failing-grades All this week on Code Switch and on air we've been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/04/188301149/new-survey-takes-a-snapshot-of-the-view-from-black-america">digging into the findings</a> of a survey of African-American views of their communities, finances and social lives. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 22099 at http://iowapublicradio.org Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD http://iowapublicradio.org/post/usc-students-allege-racial-profiling-lapd The Los Angeles Police Department is under scrutiny again. This time it's for sending almost 80 officers to break up a college house party. Most of the partygoers were African-American students from the University of Southern California.<p>USC senior Nate Howard organized the party that was shut down by the police. At a protest on campus Monday he condemned the response.<p>"Seventy-plus officers?" he said. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 20433 at http://iowapublicradio.org USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/seeking-oaklands-soul-new-oakland <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnZ-QLuEGSM</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 19341 at http://iowapublicradio.org Seeking Oakland's Soul In The 'New Oakland'