Listening to Africa

Behind the scenes of Yale’s first Africa Salon

Students at Yale’s Africa Salon Early on a Saturday morning in March, I found myself surrounded by African artists, speakers, and performers in the basement of the Afro-American Cultural Center. We ate Egyptian salad and South African banana bread for breakfast, and we didn’t talk much. I assumed that the others were nervous, like me, and thinking over what they were going to say. We were preparing to participate in the Africa Salon, billed as “Yale’s first-ever contemporary African arts fest.” A month or so. . . Read more
Coryna Ogunseitan
Playing the Cards Right

Can an ID card help members of a vulnerable population feel at home in the Elm City?

Illustration by Edward Wang. Photographs by Jennifer Lu. In the early morning of June 6, 2007, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials swooped into New Haven, handcuffs at the ready, searching the city for undocumented residents. By the end of the raid, they had taken thirty-two people off the streets of Fair Haven or from inside their own homes. Families gathered in a local church to record the names of those missing. The arrests shook the community and even prompted a response from the mayor. . . Read more
Maya Averbuch
Waging War

After a fashionable downtown restaurant closes, workers claim unfair treatment and pay.

Nineteen-year-old Anna Aranda knew the price of almost everything in Mario’s Discount Furniture after her month of working there. For eleven hours a day, seven days a week, she rang up purchases and wrote them down. 50” plasmas? $1099. Astoria couches? A steal at $1400. But the one price tag that Aranda will never forget, and the store’s biggest discount of all, was the one attached to herself: “They didn’t pay me,” she says. “Nothing. Not even commissions.” Aranda, a petite woman with a straight-at-you. . . Read more
Jessica Cole
Dreaming On

Life after graduation for Yale students who are undocumented immigrants.

Immediately following Liane Membis’ dismissal from the Wall Street Journal for fabricating sources, The New Journal launched its own investigation of this piece. We have removed the article while we continue to fact check. As yet, we have not found any evidence to prove that it was fabricated and at the time of publication of our September issue, we could neither verify nor refute the article. We described the process in our Letter from the Editors in that issue.. . . Read more
Liane Membis
Where Less is More

Six decades of haircutting and storytelling in Placido Mastroianni’s Whalley Avenue barbershop.

Placido Mastroianni and Mike Maraucci laugh in their Whalley Ave. barbershop. Placido Mastroianni cuts hair in a barbershop he calls a salon. “Salone means ‘you receive the people,’” he says. He takes a little off the top from any man who comes in. Men who don’t have much hair on their heads still have a lot on their minds.  In the weeks before November 2, 2010, their minds were on the mid-term elections. And Mastroianni, like any good barber, was ready to comb out the. . . Read more
Andrew McCreary
Criminal Negligence

Immigrants struggle to find health care.

Four years ago, a newly-arrived immigrant miscarried in the bathroom stall of St. Raphael’s emergency room. “It came—a big piece of meat with blood—and I was so scared,” she recalls. “And I said, ‘You know what, I think I’m losing my baby right now.’” She spoke little English. Uninsured, she had been made to wait, pregnant and bleeding, for several hours at a New Haven clinic, then for another hour at St. Raphael’s. “Just take Motrin,” she remembers the doctors saying as they sent her home after. . . Read more
Amy Fish