Island Voice News

Island Voices: Open City: A Novel By Teju Cole

March 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

“The past, if there is such a thing, is mostly empty space, great expanses of nothing, in which significant persons and events float. Nigeria was like that for me: mostly forgotten, except for those few things that I remembered with outsize intensity.” Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. Though he is navigating the busy parts of town, the impression of countless faces does nothing to assuage his feelings of isolation. [...]

Island Voice Presents: The Sixth Annual Youth Empowerment Summit

March 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Saturday, February 25, 2012 between 12-5:00 pm, on the Grymes Hill campus of Wagner College, 630 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York, in Spiro Hall Room 2. The summit will feature speakers from Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ One NYC One Nation, Citizens Committee For New York City, Panelists from Vibe Magazine, Applause Magazine, NY1, Entertainment by Nigerian drummer and poet Femi NYC, Ghanian R&B sensation Kofi Black, and reggae sensation Junior Reed. Workshops by Masahiro Ito, Yemmy Made and Sajda Ladners from Universal Temple of the Arts & many more! [...]