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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.

Watch Gay Black Men Talk About Coming Out and Black Masculinity

Watch Gay Black Men Talk About Coming Out and Black Masculinity

by Von Diaz on October 25 2013, 11:16AM

Filmmaker Chase Simmons is joined by writers and men featured in his documentary ‘Dear Dad’ about the challenges of coming out for black men.

Topics: /NOW

A Comic Guide to Sneaky Abortion Laws

A Comic Guide to Sneaky Abortion Laws

by Von Diaz on October 24 2013, 4:55PM

The ACLU commissioned illustrator Jen Sorensen to create a comic detailing the past year in abortion legislation.

Topics: /NOW

'Black Actress' Web Series Premiers on Issa Rae's YouTube Channel

‘Black Actress’ Web Series Premiers on Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel

by Von Diaz on October 24 2013, 2:22PM

Produced by Andrea Lewis, the series will explore the challenges faced by today’s black actresses.

Topics: /NOW

California Teen Shot Dead by Police While Carrying a Toy Gun

California Teen Shot Dead by Police While Carrying a Toy Gun

by Von Diaz on October 24 2013, 11:00AM

Andy Lopez was walking home from school, and wearing a blue hoodie.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Mapping Food Justice

Mapping Food Justice

by Von Diaz on October 24 2013, 8:15AM

An interactive map produced by activist Natasha Bowens charts farming and food justice initiatives owned and operated by people of color across the country.

Topics: How We Eat

Rally Against NSA Surveillance This Weekend in the U.S. Capital

Rally Against NSA Surveillance This Weekend in the U.S. Capital

by Von Diaz on October 23 2013, 1:08PM

On October 26 the ‘Stop Watching Us’ coalition will hold a national rally in Washington, D.C. to demand that Congress rein in the NSA.

Topics: /NOW

Most Latinos Can't Name A Leader From Their Community

Most Latinos Can’t Name A Leader From Their Community

by Von Diaz on October 22 2013, 4:43PM

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center show Latinos think their community is lacking a strong leader.

Topics: /NOW

Two Police Officers Convicted of Civil Rights Violations Against Latinos in Connecticut

Two Police Officers Convicted of Civil Rights Violations Against Latinos in Connecticut

by Von Diaz on October 22 2013, 12:00PM

Two East Haven police officers have been convicted of multiple charges stemming from allegations of racial profiling and harassment against Latinos in the area.

Topics: /NOW

Watch Students Discuss Ongoing Racism at the University of Alabama

Watch Students Discuss Ongoing Racism at the University of Alabama

by Von Diaz on October 22 2013, 10:17AM

Members of the historic student group Mallet continue to address institutionalized racism at the school.

Topics: /NOW, Youth and Race

How Tech Stays White

How Tech Stays White

by Von Diaz, Jamilah King on October 22 2013, 7:00AM

From “pattern matching” to geek aversion, racial inequity is still coded into the new economy.

Topics: Economy, Media

New Study Shows 15 Percent of Youth are Unemployed, Not in School

New Study Shows 15 Percent of Youth are Unemployed, Not in School

by Von Diaz on October 21 2013, 5:03PM

The Opportunity Index gives a start view of opportunities for youth in an increasingly economically depressed U.S.

Topics: /NOW

Happy Birthday Celia Cruz

Happy Birthday Celia Cruz

by Von Diaz on October 21 2013, 10:16AM

Feliz cumpleaños to the ‘Reina de la Salsa,’ who would have been 88 years old today.

Topics: /NOW

Area in East New York Renamed 'African Burial Ground'

Area in East New York Renamed ‘African Burial Ground’

by Von Diaz on October 18 2013, 2:43PM

A square on New Lots Avenue in Brooklyn has been renamed to commemorate the discovery of an African slave burial site.

Topics: /NOW

Juana Villegas Receives Settlement After Immigrant Detention Abuse

Juana Villegas Receives Settlement After Immigrant Detention Abuse

by Von Diaz on October 18 2013, 11:43AM

This immigrant mother was shackled to a bed during childbirth while detained five years ago, and is finally receiving justice.

Topics: /NOW

Black and Latino Families are Hardest Hit by Housing 'Income Segregation'

Black and Latino Families are Hardest Hit by Housing ‘Income Segregation’

by Von Diaz on October 17 2013, 4:56PM

A recent study from Stanford and Cornell researchers says people are increasingly living in either extremely rich or extremely poor neighborhoods.

Topics: /NOW

Is an Increasingly Multicultural America Changing the Way We Eat?

Is an Increasingly Multicultural America Changing the Way We Eat?

by Von Diaz on October 17 2013, 3:48PM

Food industry experts say tortillas and salsa have replaced potato chips and ketchup.

Topics: /NOW

Sexy Female Video Game Avatars Can Negatively Affect Women

Sexy Female Video Game Avatars Can Negatively Affect Women

by Von Diaz on October 17 2013, 12:18PM

A new study shows that hypersexualized female avatars in video games can cause negative body image and promote rape acceptance in women.

Topics: /NOW

NY Police Union Joins Lawsuit Against Stop-and-Frisk Law

NY Police Union Joins Lawsuit Against Stop-and-Frisk Law

by Von Diaz on October 16 2013, 11:11AM

The NYPD’s largest police union joined Michael Bloomberg’s lawsuit to halt stop-and-frisk policy reforms.

Topics: /NOW

Majority of Front-Line Fast-Food Workers Need Public Assistance

Majority of Front-Line Fast-Food Workers Need Public Assistance

by Von Diaz on October 15 2013, 3:05PM

A new study shows 52 percent of front-line fast-food employees need public assistance to make ends meet.

Topics: /NOW

Are 'Anonymous' Hackers Turning Their Attention to Rape Culture?

Are ‘Anonymous’ Hackers Turning Their Attention to Rape Culture?

by Von Diaz on October 15 2013, 11:55AM

A group better known for hacking PayPal, the Church of Scientology, and the Brazilian government has twice set its sights on high school rape cases.

Topics: /NOW