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    Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she has 'awakened' to her 'indigenous heritage'. Ocasio-Cortez, who is Puerto Rican, claims she is part Taino - the people indigenous to the Caribbean who resided in places like Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, and the northern Lesser Antilles. During an Instagram live Q&A, she said that meeting American indigenous groups while protesting the Standing Rock Pipeline in North Dakota made her want to connect with those roots. 'One of the things that first started awakening and connecting me in a deep to my indigenous heritage was connecting to the Lakota Sioux at Standing Rock,' Ocasio-Cortez said. Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she claims 'indigenous heritage' during an Instagram live Q&A Ocasio-Cortez is currently in Puerto Rico attending forums about the potential of the island becoming the 51st state The second-term representative said that meeting indigenous groups while protesting the Standing Rock Pipeline in North Dakota made her want to connect with those roots RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next AOC condemns spiraling attacks on Jews on US streets days... ...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cardi B has offered to pay the burial costs for all 17 people killed in a fire that ripped through a New York City high-rise. New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday that the Grammy-winning rapper had offered the financial relief for victims of the fire in the Bronx, where she grew up. Many of the victims had ties to Gambia, and families of several of the victims planned to bury them in their West African homeland. Cardi B has committed to paying the repatriation expenses for the victims who will be buried in Gambia, the mayor’s office said. “I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still. So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help,” Cardi B in a statement. “I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the...
    Marty Rogers speaks with the Today Show's Craig Melvin. Marty Rogers is nothing less than the South Bronx’s Thanksgiving Day saint. For more than four decades, Rogers, 66, has served turkey, stuffing, and pie to those in need—never missing a one.  Rogers’ Thanksgiving dinner at the Immaculate Conception Church started in 1977 when there was a senior center in the church hall.  "This is our 44th year in a row, never missed a Thanksgiving dinner," Rogers tells Today Show host Craig Melvin.  Over the years, the traditional dinner has evolved into feeding those experiencing homelessness.  "They come in the door, they get welcomed, they get a name tag," Rogers said. "And I get to play maitre d'. 'How's the food?' 'Is everything okay with you guys?' And at the end, they come around with seconds of pies. I love to see people [say], 'I can't eat no more.'" But this Bronx saint and native doesn’t leave people in need out in the cold for dinners that aren’t  on holidays. Rogers also operates a food delivery program called "Hope Walks," where he leads volunteers on trips to deliver...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Colin Powell, the former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state who died from COVID-19 complications, was a product of New York City and had deep ties to the Tri-State Area.He was born April 5, 1937, in Harlem, the son of Jamaican immigrants. Dad Luther Powell was a shipping-room foreman in the garment district, and his mother, Maud Ariel McKoy, was a seamstress."Mine is the story of a Black kid of no early promise from an immigrant family of limited means who was raised in the South Bronx," he wrote in his 1995 autobiography "My American Journey."He was raised on Kelly Street in the Bronx and graduated from Morris High School. A mediocre student by his own account, he averaged Cs at City College of New York, majoring in geology."Raised by immigrant parents in a working-class neighborhood of New York's South Bronx, Powell never excelled in academics or athletics," Jeffrey J. Matthews wrote in his 2019 book, Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot. "Nor did he display the extroverted qualities so often associated with burgeoning young leaders."MORE...
    More On: new york yankees Remember this gutsy Yankees win Yankees close to getting one of their starting pitchers back Yankees win an absolutely wild one Yanks’ challenges won’t draw pity outside Bronx, as usual KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The loss of Gleyber Torres to a sprained thumb made for an opportunity for Bronx native Andrew Velazquez. The 27-year-old starred at Fordham Prep and said he grew up going to Yankee games. “This is where my love for baseball began,” Velazquez said of the Yankees on Monday, shortly before starting at shortstop for the Yankees in a wild, 8-6, 11-inning win. “I’m looking forward to putting the uniform on.” He ended up going hitless, but scoring a run and making several fine defensive plays at short before Rougned Odor pinch-hit for him in the 11th. Velazquez is from the Morris Park section of The Bronx and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the Diamondbacks and reached the majors with the Rays in 2018 and then played 40 games with the Orioles in 2020 before...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus pandemic put pressure on families all over the Tri-State Area. For kids growing up in the Bronx, there’s a charity providing a program that gives them a place to go after school and help build their future. READ MORE: Headstones Damaged At Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Immortalized By Washington Irvings Literary Classic It’s the focus of this week’s Snapshot New York with Steve Overmyer. Walking through the halls he used to roam as a child, Mario Ynfante prepares for his new role as a group leader. “This is a family environment for me. I feel like is my duty to show up every day,” Ynfante said. He works at WHEDco, short for Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit created to build affordable homes and help the youth through activities and education. For nearly three decades, WHEDco has helped serve as a foundation for family stability. Every day, Ynfante ensures these kids have the support that benefitted him. “It makes me happy. It honestly does. There’s no other rewarding feeling to me than being...
    Observations from the Yankees’ spring training game Thursday. Good start Aaron Hicks hit a leadoff homer, sending one out to the opposite field and then added a double for his first extra-base hits of the spring, helping the Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Phillies at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater. Loaisiga shows some glove Jonathan Loaisiga, looking to win a spot in the bullpen, tossed three shutout innings and made two excellent defensive plays on hard comebackers. Caught my eye Bronx native and Fordham Prep grad Andrew Velazquez had three hits and scored two runs, while playing all nine innings at third base. Friday’s schedule Jameson Taillon has been excellent this spring in his comeback from Tommy John surgery and gets his third start, this one against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On this historic Inauguration Day, many in New York City were out celebrating the 46th president, and there were moments throughout the ceremony that left New Yorkers beaming with pride. The swearing in of now President Joe Biden led to cheers erupting across New York City — from apartment balconies to a West Village watch party. “It’s emotional. It’s exciting,” said Elizabeth Green, the owner of the restaurant “Planted.” She wanted to indulge in this moment in true restaurant fashion. “We named a couple of dishes, Biden Bowl and Kamala Melt. We got into it. We wanted to be a part of it,” Green told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. As did TriBeCa resident Lisa Resnick, who popped in to listen to the president’s message of unity. “Everybody’s sort of broken apart and it’s not just a Band-Aid that’s gonna fix this. It’s gonna be a lot of people pulling together and unified effort, and I think between him and Harris, they’re gonna make it happen,” she said. It was a small party but a big moment...
    Yankees sign Bronx native INF Andrew Velasquez to deal By: Alexander Wilson December 16, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees finally engaged in some action on Tuesday afternoon, signing infielder Andrew Velasquez to a minor-league deal. The Bronx native is capable of playing shortstop, second base, and a little outfield. In the seventh round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft, he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, coming out of Fordham prep high school. Velasquez has spent the last three years bouncing around a few teams, including the Tampa Bay rays, Cleveland Indians, and Baltimore Orioles this past season. He played in 40 games for the Orioles in 2020, earning 63 at-bats and a .159 batting average. He has never hit a home run and has only recorded three RBIs over 96 total at-bats. The signing is nothing to write home about, despite the fact that he is an above-average fielder, despite a small sample size. He didn’t allow an error over 30 games at shortstop in 2020 and was a...
    Regis Philbin was an American TV icon. American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images; AP Photo/Gerald Herbert; Donna Svennevik /American Broadcasting Companies via Getty Images Famed TV personality Regis Philbin died at age 88 on July 24 of natural causes. Philbin was known for hosting "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and his "Live" talk show series, first with Kathie Lee Gifford, and later with Kelly Ripa. His long-spanning career in TV started with a job as an NBC Page in 1955. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City From the time she was young, Sutton Cole King was very connected to her Native American culture. King was born in Wisconsin and is descended from the Menominee and Oneida Nations of Wisconsin. King is a descendent of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, who was instrumental in making sure that the Menominee tribe wasn’t forced to leave their land in Wisconsin.  While King was put into predominantly white schools growing up (“My mom wanted me in the best schools for more opportunities,” says King), King was highly involved in her Native American culture, particularly hoop dancing. At 18 years old, King moved to New York and attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology.  “I went to New York for better opportunities, but I also wanted to connect more with my Oneida heritage, which is based in New York and has tribes in Wisconsin and Canada,” said King. “I’ve been in...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY STEVE GORMAN Carl Reiner, a driving force in American comedy as a writer for television pioneer Sid Caesar, partner of Mel Brooks and creator and co-star of the classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at age 98, Variety reported on Tuesday. Reiner died on Monday night of natural causes in his Beverly Hills, California, home, the entertainment news outlet said, citing the legendary comedian’s assistant, Judy Nagy. Reiner’s career spanned seven decades and every medium from theater and recordings to television and movies, including directing “Oh, God!,” three collaborations with Steve Martin and a role as an elderly con man in the revived “Ocean’s Eleven” series. He was still taking voice roles in his 90s and had a key role in “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” a documentary about people who keep busy into their 90s. Reiner is survived by three children, including Rob Reiner, director of several hit movies and known for playing...
    On a cold March day two years ago, 30 scouts made the trip to Monsignor McClancy to see Quentin Holmes, the Queens school’s highly rated senior center fielder. When Holmes took his at-bats, all the scouts paid close attention. McClancy’s opponent, Mount St. Michael, was irrelevant — until coach Wally Stampfel inserted sophomore right-hander Alex Santos into the game in the later innings. “I’m no dummy,” the Mount St. Michael coach recalled with a laugh in a phone interview. “All of a sudden the scouts who weren’t paying any attention to us, you could see slowly start approaching the backstop and breaking out their radar guns. You could just hear the buzz that was going on.” After the game, one of the scouts approached him. “Who’s that kid?” the impressed evaluator asked Stampfel. “You got to take good care of him. He’s going to be a good one.” The scout was right. Two years later, Santos is the premier high school prospect in the area, a projected first- or second-round pick in this week’s shortened MLB draft. The hard-throwing Bronx...
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