A city guide to the best town on earth, commissioned by Gina Pell and Amy Parker's ever clever The What List. In their words: "We are back from New Orleans but remain under its spell. Check out our highlights, as well as an extensive list of hotspots from our most discerningly down-to-earth, globetrotting, foodie friend, Uma Ramiah."
There’s a beautiful little house in Oakland, California - on a main road, up a set of short, steep stairs and past a little white latched gate. It contains an American, in the truest sense of the word. A profile piece for Globetrotter Magazine.
Tanmit Singh earlier is celebrating and empowering Punjabi-Sikh culture and identity. He and his brother Sunmit founded Rootsgear in 2006 as a response to what the pair saw as a community running from itself and its identity in a post 9-11 world. A Q&A for Globetrotter Magazine.
This is the private, members-only lounge, Miliki. The multi-floor space on Victoria Island’s is so carefully-curated - designed for comfort yes, and enjoyment - but also designed to engage and uplift. “I set up Miliki as an alternative refuge, a haven, in our city of, let’s call it noise. I know I’m not the only one who seeks higher forms of relaxation.” For Globetrotter Magazine.
What is it about that sweater? Classic button down form, clear quality construction. He must be warm in the Lagos heat. But it’s the colors, the patterns - they’re a visual feast - and there’s clearly an intelligence behind them. The longer you look, the more you want to know. A feature for Globetrotter Magazine.
Lekan Jeyifo’s work is the stuff of dreams - he pushes the viewer to rethink what’s ahead, his creations alternately hopeful and unsettling. With training in architecture and computer design, Jeyifo imagines and renders beautiful, unsettling worlds, swinging subtly between dystopia and utopia. A Q&A for Globetrotter Magazine.
This is Jerome C. Richardson, Jr: father of two, motivated, hardworking small-business owner, and employer of six people. One month ago, he was homeless. A profile piece for United Way of Greater New Haven.
Emerge CT provides transitional work and support to ex-offenders with little education and limited work experience, helping men and women exiting the prison system re-enter the workforce with job training, education and life skills in real time. A feature for New Haven's Daily Nutmeg.
The lot at 535 Winchester Avenue, just down the street from Science Park in the Newhallville neighborhood, has been empty for years. The city hasn’t found an interested developer, try as it might. In the meantime, they’ve turned to art and culture to “re-activate” the lot, attracting a human presence, a musical presence, an artistic presence in a space once empty and abandoned. And it’s worked. A feature for New Haven's Daily Nutmeg.
At the corner of Asylum and High streets, on the western edge of downtown Hartford, an 83-year-old building was rescued, renovated and filled with tenants. Now, some say, it represents Hartford’s most promising way forward in sustainable housing. A feature for The Connecticut Mirror.
The 1,500 red velvet seats of the Palace Theater were filled well before the star arrived. Folks had waited in line for hours to get in, and a low buzz of anticipation filled the hall.Then Michelle Obama took the stage, and it was like 2008 all over again.
The northern Central African Republic has been caught up in spiraling regional violence. The country borders eastern Chad and Sudan's troubled Darfur region, and conflicts there have spilled over into the already unstable nation. Rebels from Uganda have now been spotted in the area. Uma Ramiah reports from our regional bureau in Dakar. A report (originally in radio form) for Voice of America.
A BBC report released Monday accused U.N. peacekeepers operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo of trading weapons with militias in 2004 and 2005. On Wednesday, Alan Doss, head of the U.N. Mission in Congo, called the allegations irresponsible, saying they were based on the actions of a few select individuals. A report (originally for radio) for Voice of America.
A crumbling football stadium in Sierra Leone drew international attention when the world's football association banned it from use this week. It was renovated after the recent civil war, but those efforts seem to have fallen short. As Uma Ramiah reports from VOA's regional bureau in Dakar, the state of the stadium reflects larger problems that plague Sierra Leone. A radio report (in its original form) for Voice of America.
Rising gas prices, demand for bio-fuels and poor harvests have all contributed to rocketing food prices around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa where most people spend a majority of their income on food, even the smallest rise in food prices puts a serious strain on African families. A report for Voice of America.
In 1989, Moorish Mauritanians drove as many as 70,000 black Mauritanians from their country. Now, the newly elected Mauritanian government, headed by Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, says it will do all it can to help the remaining 20,000 to return. For United Nations IRIN News.