Michelle Bigenho

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Blacks Still Face a Red Line on Housing

For generations of white American families, homeownership has been a fundamental means of accumulating wealth. Their homes have grown in value over time, providing security in retirement and serving as an asset against which they can borrow for education or other purposes.<p>But African-Americans were …

Housing

How to Level the College Playing Field

This time of year, there’s a lot of optimism in the air about college. As acceptance notices come in, it seems like the smartest, hardest-working young people with the greatest potential are being matched to institutions of higher learning that will prepare them for success and promote a free and …

College & University

Venting on Immigration, Trump Vows ‘No More DACA Deal’ and Threatens Nafta

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump, blaming Democrats and the Mexican government for an increasingly “dangerous” flow of illegal immigrants, unleashed a series of fiery tweets on Sunday in which he vowed “NO MORE DACA DEAL” and threatened to walk away from the North American Free Trade …

Immigration

Transgender Volleyball Star in Brazil Eyes Olympics and Stirs Debate

SÃO CAETANO DO SUL, Brazil — When Tifanny Abreu slammed the volleyball over the net, her frizzy ponytail flying behind her, most spectators at a recent game moaned out loud: another point for the visitors.<p>But not everyone in the stands was rooting against her.<p>Even when Ms. Abreu travels with her …

Brazil

As Trump ends Obama-era protections for Salvadorans, a family in Minnesota has few good options to stay together

Two brothers who spent 14 years apart sit at a kitchen table in a mobile home outside of Minneapolis. The elder one, David, looks around at the freshly painted blue walls with pride. He’s adding new window frames, flooring and appliances bit by bit to make a home for his family.<p>David left El …

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When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree

Before the Industrial Revolution in the United States, Canada and Europe, you might have ended up married to a fourth cousin. People didn’t travel far to find a spouse, and the closer you were to home, the more likely it was you’d marry within your family.<p>Then, in the late 19th century, something …

Genealogy

Black Hair’s Blockbuster Moment

In Wakanda, the techno-brilliant African nation of the Marvel film “Black Panther,” black warrior women don’t wear wigs. Compelled to conceal her shaved head to carry off an undercover mission, General Okoye, played by Danai Gurira, calls her flowing wig “a disgrace” and discards it the instant she …

Hair

Congresswoman Says Many Mass Murderers ‘End Up Being Democrats’

Representative Claudia Tenney, a first-term Republican from Central New York, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that “so many” mass murderers “end up being Democrats.”<p>Democrats immediately condemned her remarks, which came a week after 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Fla., …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Citizenship agency removes description of US as 'nation of immigrants'

Phrase removed from mission statement of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of homeland security department<p>The government agency in charge of granting citizenship to prospective Americans has removed a passage from its mission statement that describes the United States as a nation of …

Immigration

Trump Is Making MS-13 Stronger

SAN SALVADOR — Last week, President Trump torpedoed an immigration deal put forward by a bipartisan group of senators. The Senate responded by rejecting his own, harsher plan. By the end of the week, the immigration debate seemed deadlocked between the fate of the Dreamers and the fate of the …

Immigration

You Up? College in the Age of Tinder

It may not be on any syllabus, but college has always been a time for young people to learn about relationships and sex. But as the internet increasingly influences the ways we interact, it also transforms how students date and find partners. We asked students at nine colleges and universities how …

Relationships
Immigration

Hungarian opera boss defends using white cast to stage Porgy and Bess

State company accused of ‘political agenda’ over decision to set Gershwin show in a refugee centre<p>Hungary’s state opera company has defended itself against charges of racism after it staged <i>Porgy and Bess</i> with a largely white cast in open defiance of the wishes of its composers, the Gershwin …

The Arts

A Sheet-Pan Supper That Defies the Seasons

For most of the year, I hold to the notion that what grows together goes together, especially when it comes to mingling things on a sheet pan.<p>Spring’s tender greens and shoots; summer’s juicy zucchini and tomatoes; fall’s pumpkins and brussels sprouts; winter’s dense roots — it’s easy to come up …

Sheet Pan

Bolivia Tells President His Time Is Up. He Isn’t Listening.

LA PAZ, Bolivia — When he was 46, Rene Paucara voted for Evo Morales, helping elect him as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in 2005.<p>At 56, Mr. Paucara, a doorman in El Alto, Bolivia’s second-largest city, voted with the majority again, but that time to reject a 2016 referendum to let Mr. …

Venezuela

Why Do You Say You’re Black?

When I went away to college at Princeton, 70 miles from where I grew up in New Jersey, I studied foreign languages, which is where I felt the most confident. I made friends with other black women and people of color, and we served as mental and emotional support for one another. I also met a …

New Jersey

Beef and Onions, Made Better With Beer

Gently cooked onions, simmered in butter or oil until they collapse in a golden-brown heap, need very little help to become a meal.<p>Add broth and some toasted bread, and they become a soothing soup. Scoop them onto pizzas or stir them into risotto or pasta, and they shine sweetly against the plainer …

Onions

The Facts Behind the Weaponized Phrase ‘Chain Migration’

As Congress considers a deal to provide relief for young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, President Trump and his Republican allies are demanding an end to what they call “chain migration,” or family-based immigration.<p>The term itself has become a point of contention. …

Immigration

Abuse isn't romantic. So why the panic that feminists are killing eros?

Catherine Deneuve and others have publicly worried that the campaign to end sexual harassment has gone too far but the truth is there is no war on romance<p>The #MeToo backlash is here, and it’s very worried about your love life.<p>Iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve says the movement is puritanical …

Feminism

The Comfort of Tamales at the End of 2017

In Mexican-American culture, there is a time each holiday season, beginning around Thanksgiving, when all foods except tamales recede. We eat them fresh at home, one after another, until their corn-husk wrappers are piled high on the table. We pack two or three for lunch at the office, futilely …

Mexico

Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.

Many people are familiar with typical corporate training to prevent sexual harassment: clicking through a PowerPoint, checking a box that you read the employee handbook or attending a mandatory seminar at which someone lectures about harassment while attendees glance at their phones.<p>At best, …

Sexual Harassment

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — William Ruiz Sánchez spends his days grilling burgers and slathering fried hot dogs with pepperoni and cheese at his family’s restaurant. Refrigerators and fire-engine red tables provided by Coca-Cola feature the company’s logo in exchange for exclusive sale of …

Mexico

Is Lena Dunham's ‘hipster racism’ just old-fashioned prejudice?

Last week, the Girls co-creator was accused by a former colleague of ‘hipster racism’. Arwa Mahdawi reports on an unwitting racism deeply embedded in popular culture<p>It is, by now, a familiar cycle. First Lena Dunham, the writer-actor-director best known for creating and starring in HBO’s Girls, …

Feminism

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. But you won’t see that when I’m teaching.<p>Though I make a few exceptions, I generally ban electronics, including laptops, in my classes and research …

Laptops

Toppling the Grammar Patriarchy

I still remember my sense of indignation when my high school French teacher told us about the rule: French nouns have a gender, even seemingly sexless ones like “table.” And if you had a mixed group of masculine and female nouns — say, a bunch of male students (étudiants) and female students …

Linguistics

Poles Cry for ‘Pure Blood’ Again

If you want a sense of where Poland could be heading, look no further than the events last Saturday in Warsaw.<p>Tens of thousands of people — many of them young men with crew cuts, but some parents with children, too — flocked to the Polish capital to celebrate Independence Day in a march organized …

Europe

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far

SAN FRANCISCO — Their complaints flow on Reddit forums, on video game message boards, on private Facebook pages and across Twitter. They argue for everything from male separatism to an end to gender diversity efforts.<p>Silicon Valley has for years accommodated a fringe element of men who say women …

Silicon Valley

Spanish Thrives in the U.S. Despite an English-Only Drive

ALBUQUERQUE — Wander into El Super, a sprawling grocery store in the same valley where fortune seekers on horseback laid claim nearly four centuries ago to one of Spain’s most remote possessions, and the resilience of the language they brought with them stands on display.<p>Reggaetón, the musical …

Language