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Von Diaz

Von Diaz
Reporter/Blogger
New York, NY

Von Diaz is a Colorlines reporter and multimedia producer, as well as an editor for Feet in Two Worlds, which brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the Web. Von focuses her reporting on immigration, Latino arts and culture, LGBT issues and food. Her work has been featured on PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC, and Feet in Two Worlds. In 2011 she won an Ippie Award for her multi-media story on homeless, gay immigrant youth in New York.

In addition to reporting she has also worked in communications for El Museo del Barrio, a Latino museum and cultural institution; and Spark, a San Francisco-based youth mentorship program. She also dedicates her time to a number of youth empowerment causes, and serves on Board of Fundación ALMA, a Colombian music and art education program, and is the chair of the Advisory Board for Media Masters Alliance, a New York LGBTQA media literacy and mentorship program.

Von holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College. She was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and grew up in Atlanta, Ga.

'Lucky' Gives a Rare Glimpse Into the Life of a Homeless Mom

‘Lucky’ Gives a Rare Glimpse Into the Life of a Homeless Mom

by Von Diaz on December 2 2013, 7:00AM

A new documentary by first-time filmmaker Laura Checkoway gives a gritty and provactive portrait of one woman’s survival story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Do You Say 'Y'all' or 'You Guys'?

Do You Say ‘Y’all’ or ‘You Guys’?

by Von Diaz on November 27 2013, 2:41PM

Is it a pop a coke? A freeway or a highway? An audio map from The Atlantic charts dialects from across the nation.

Topics: /NOW

Book of 'Black Quotations' Offers New Way to Look Back at History

Book of ‘Black Quotations’ Offers New Way to Look Back at History

by Von Diaz on November 27 2013, 10:15AM

Consider this new book among your holiday gift ideas.

Topics: /NOW

Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday [Infographic] Infographic

Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday [Infographic]

by Von Diaz, Erin Zipper on November 27 2013, 7:00AM

A growing number of big-box stores are open on Thanksgiving. Find who’s open—and who’s doing the work.

Topics: Black Friday, Economy

Touching Photographs From an Asian Artist Reconciling Displacement

Touching Photographs From an Asian Artist Reconciling Displacement

by Von Diaz on November 26 2013, 3:22PM

Pimprae Hiranprueck inserts herself into family photographs and landscapes of her home country in her ‘Intersecting the Parallels’ project.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Adelanto Immigrant Detention Facility Under the Microscope

Adelanto Immigrant Detention Facility Under the Microscope

by Von Diaz on November 25 2013, 4:05PM

Three young women locked themselves to the facility gates today on behalf of three individuals currently detained there.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Kids Write Letters to Congress Asking For Immigration Reform

Kids Write Letters to Congress Asking For Immigration Reform

by Von Diaz on November 25 2013, 10:42AM

Their message: keep our families together.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Appealed

Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Appealed

by Von Diaz on November 22 2013, 4:40PM

Parents and students appealing the ban argue it violates the First and 14th amendments and goes against teachers and education expert recommendations.

Topics: /NOW, Schools & Youth

Black Man Repeatedly Arrested and Jailed for 'Trespassing' at His Workplace

Black Man Repeatedly Arrested and Jailed for ‘Trespassing’ at His Workplace

by Von Diaz on November 22 2013, 1:44PM

Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched at least 100 times, arrested 62 times, and jailed 56 times by Miami Gardens Police, all in and around his workplace.

Topics: /NOW

Students Charged with Hate Crimes Against Black Student at San Jose State

Students Charged with Hate Crimes Against Black Student at San Jose State

by Von Diaz on November 22 2013, 10:54AM

The black student alleges his roommates decorated their room with a Confederate flag, and nicknamed him “Three-fifths.”

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

Recipes for a New Kind of Thanksgiving

Recipes for a New Kind of Thanksgiving

by Von Diaz on November 22 2013, 7:00AM

In an increasingly mulitcultural and multiracial U.S., chefs offer recipes to create new Thanksgiving traditions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, How We Eat, Thanksgiving

Vitamin D Deficiency Often Misdiagnosed Among Black People

Vitamin D Deficiency Often Misdiagnosed Among Black People

by Von Diaz on November 21 2013, 3:04PM

A new study suggests differences in blood types among black and white people may be responsible.

Topics: Health, /NOW

'Catch an Illegal' Game Thwarted, Becomes Immigration Reform Rally

‘Catch an Illegal’ Game Thwarted, Becomes Immigration Reform Rally

by Von Diaz on November 21 2013, 1:08PM

Actress America Ferrera joined around 500 students and advocates at the rally.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

'Street Knowledge 2 College' Profiles Students at FREE L.A. High School

‘Street Knowledge 2 College’ Profiles Students at FREE L.A. High School

by Von Diaz on November 21 2013, 10:00AM

A new web series looks at one innovative high school that aims close the school-to-prison pipeline.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

Immigration Advocates Fast for Reform

Immigration Advocates Fast for Reform

by Von Diaz on November 20 2013, 3:09PM

Despite popular consensus that immigration reform won’t happen this year, advocates aren’t giving up.

Topics: Immigration, /NOW

White Supremacist Craig Cobb Arrested for Terrorizing Neighbors

White Supremacist Craig Cobb Arrested for Terrorizing Neighbors

by Von Diaz on November 20 2013, 2:33PM

The man aiming to create a white supremacist haven in Leith, N.D. is being held without bail after threatening neighbors during armed patrols.

Topics: /NOW

Transgender Workers in the U.S. Still Face a Bleak Landscape

Transgender Workers in the U.S. Still Face a Bleak Landscape

by Von Diaz on November 20 2013, 11:57AM

Only 34 states have law protecting transgender people in the workplace, and a new map and report show just how many barriers they have to equitable employment.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Why ENDA is an Urgent Issue for People of Color

Why ENDA is an Urgent Issue for People of Color

by Von Diaz on November 20 2013, 7:00AM

If it becomes law, the Employee Nondiscrimination Act could be a vital tool for LGBT people of color who may already face race-based discrimination in the workplace

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Congress to Consider Military Rape Legislation

Congress to Consider Military Rape Legislation

by Von Diaz on November 19 2013, 3:35PM

Military servicewomen are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than non-military women.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Watch Margaret Cho Talk About Being Queer in Comedy

Watch Margaret Cho Talk About Being Queer in Comedy

by Von Diaz on November 19 2013, 1:36PM

Cho talks about her intersectional identity as a queer woman of color, and how she was impacted by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW