Cindy Von Quednow

Cindy Von Quednow

Miss Hampton U Proves Beauty Is Racialized

by Cindy Von Quednow on November 3 2009, 10:03AM

Last month, a mixed-race college student won the beauty pageant at a traditionally Black university in Virginia. But it wasn’t exactly the student’s choice. Hampton University’s student body didn’t get to vote for their tall, fair-skinned queen. A five-judge panel…


On Diwali, Obama Can Bring Real Change to AAPI Community [VIDEO]

by Cindy Von Quednow on October 15 2009, 11:38AM

by Cindy Von Quednow, intern for Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. Days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama lit a diya at the White House in celebration of Diwali, a light festival practiced by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and…


Allison and Ashley

by Cindy Von Quednow on September 3 2009, 12:00PM

Mom and daughter struggle to stay in college during economic uncertainty.

Topics: Schools & Youth


by Cindy Von Quednow on September 2 2009, 12:00PM

The good (and sometimes great) things people of color made happen.



by Cindy Von Quednow on September 2 2009, 12:00PM

News to make you doubt your sanity or at least start a petition.


College Dreams Deferred

by Cindy Von Quednow on September 1 2009, 12:00PM

In the recession, undocumented students face more barriers to higher education.

Topics: Schools & Youth

Protest, Tweet, Raid Savings

by Cindy Von Quednow on August 25 2009, 12:00PM

What students of color are doing to stay in college during the recession

Topics: Schools & Youth

BREAKING: Imprisoned American Journalists Freed after Clinton Visit

by Cindy Von Quednow on August 4 2009, 12:44PM

Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been pardoned! That’s right the two Current TV reporters who were captured in North Korea in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor were officially released and pardoned this afternoon after…

Topics: Global Affairs

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Honduras Fight for Justice

by Cindy Von Quednow on July 1 2009, 2:41PM

In a throwback to the political upheaval and unrest of the 1980s, the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted by the military and flown to Costa Rica on Sunday. Coverage of Iran’s rigged election has dominated…

Topics: Global Affairs

New America Media: Time for Immigration Reform is Now

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 29 2009, 2:33PM

New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, wrote an editorial calling for comprehensive immigration reform throughout the United States. NAM seeks to bring attention to the urgency and importance of fair immigration law by reaching ethnic outlets…

Topics: Immigration

Minutemen Do More Than “Secure” Borders, Also Kill Arizona Dad and Daughter

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 25 2009, 12:18PM

Earlier this month, nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her young father Raul were shot and killed during the night in their home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Three suspects allegedly forced themselves into the family’s home dressed as law…

Topics: Immigration

Misspellings and Strategies: Inside Buchanan’s Radical Right-Wing Agenda

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 23 2009, 4:21PM

By now, you’ve probably already seen this hilarious and ironic picture in other blog sites, but let me reiterate. Here you see conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and accused white supremacist Peter Brimelow at a conference discussing how to win…


Students Denied Diplomas For Protesting

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 23 2009, 1:14PM

photo credit: David Rapkin In protest to the Los Angeles Unified School District layoffs and cuts, fifteen students at Liechty Middle School in Los Angeles turned their backs during their graduation ceremony. For this they were not allowed to…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Uighur Release Debunks Racist Right-Wing Narrative

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 16 2009, 12:50PM

Photo: Justin Maxon/The New York Times Last Sunday, The New York Times printed a pleasant piece on the new lives of four recently released Uighur prisoners in Bermuda, debunked the conservative rhetoric around them as “dangerous terrorists.” The Uighurs’…

Topics: Global Affairs

Newspaper Jobs Aren’t Dead

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 9 2009, 12:00PM

Former mainstream journalists find work and more in the ethnic press.


The State of Ethnic Media

by Cindy Von Quednow on June 2 2009, 12:00PM

As the recession persists and mainstream newspapers close, ethnic media outlets face a different reality.