Sunday, November 14, 2021

Quebec Artist Series | Arts Midwest

Finally found them! Check out these two feature articles I wrote for Arts Midwest about Quebec artists Annabel Soutar and Webster (click on the pink bars). these must have been published sometime in October 2021.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Reading: You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids at Detroit Writing Room

Excited to have just scheduled the first reading of my book tour, You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair is in Braids, at Detroit Writing Room book club virtual event and Asian Pacific American Heritage month on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 7-8 pm EDT

https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/you-cannot-resist-me-when-my-hair-braids

You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids | Wayne State University Press

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Arab American and Muslim mayors sweep local elections in Detroit suburbs | PBS NewsHour

My article for the PBS NewsHour
“Because [of] the lack of Census data on the Arab American community, there are debates about its size, but after the election of three Arab American mayors in the region yesterday, there is no debate about its growth and impact.” Matthew Jaber Stiffler, a research and content manager at Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum, told the PBS NewsHour after the election.

Rep. Hammoud mentioned on the Broadcast at 6:52 mark

And don't forget this older article from 9/20/2021


Detroit just decriminalized psychedelics and ‘magic mushrooms.’ Here’s what that means | PBS NewsHour

My article for the PBS NewsHour
“Detroiters voted in high numbers in support of further decriminalization,” Michigan State Sen. Adam Hollier of Detroit told the PBS NewsHour after the election. “The war on drugs was a war on Black and brown communities and it’s good to see Black communities pushing back.”

Here's much more background from before the election from 11/2/2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Why the push to decriminalize psychedelics is growing in Michigan | PBS NewsHour

My article on the PBS NewsHour
“It is important to recognize that, while we need to learn from the past, the current era of psychedelic research is well regulated and scientifically rigorous.”

“We should view this research in the same way that we do for other drug classes or disease states — we should neither stigmatize psychedelic research, nor should we romanticize it,” he said.

Here's the follow up after election day 11/3/2021

Monday, November 1, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Understanding media literacy and the role of local journalists - PBS NewsHour Classroom

VIDEO of Speaking at PBS NewsHour Classroom Extra on Wed: 10/27/2021
In celebration of Media Literacy Week, NewsHour Classroom hosted its Educator Voice Zoom series with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, one of the NewsHour’s newest community correspondents, and Liz Ramos, history teacher at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucomonga, Calif., and curriculum writer for Classroom’s Journalism in Action website.

The PBS conversation was hosted by Sari Beth Rosenberg, NYC public school history teacher, and was attended by dozens of educators across the country.

The conversation focused on the role of journalism in the past up to the present and Classroom’s Journalism in Action: Civic Engagement and Primary Sources Through Key Moments in History, a fun, interactive website based on resources from the Library of Congress. (We are looking for teacher testers for the site. Choose one of the activities, tell us how it went with your students, and we’ll send you a $50 VISA gift card. Email vpasquantonio@newshour.org for more information.)

You can watch the full discussion, or summary highlights below.