Embracing Diversity

Aline Barros is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. Her blog will tell stories about the Latino community, services, and events happening in Montgomery County. A blog about culture, different traditions and the diversity of people and businesses in the community. She can be reached at Abarros@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter at @AlineBarros2.

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Celebrating Brazil's Independence in New York (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Embracing Diversity.

It is in New York- the city that never sleeps- that more than one million Brazilians come together to celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day. This gathering, named BR Day New York, always takes place over Labor Day weekend shutting down more than 25 blocks in the streets of Manhattan. And there were people from all over the United […]

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The Day of Avocado Ice Cream (PHOTOS)


How do you do grocery shopping? Do you buy monthly, biweekly, weekly? All in one place? Let me share with you how we- my immigrant family and I- do grocery shopping. Step 1: Checking what’s missing in the pantry and fridge. The basics: coffee, sugar, eggs, etc. Step 2: Checking the missing ingredients for the […]

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It's Done. We Lost a Watchdog

Gazette Friends 2

It’s been a week. It’s done. We lost a watchdog. The Gazette Newspapers closed, and 69 employees lost their jobs. You probably read that somewhere, and it is not news at this point. What you may not know is how much that newsroom meant to a lot of people. I had the honor to work […]

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The Importance of Aging in Place: Village Movement in Takoma Park

Village of Takoma Park

It was four years ago when 69 people attended the first breakfast meeting at the Takoma Park Community Center to talk about Takoma Park seniors. Business people and family members talked about seniors current situation and resources available to age in place in the community. “The records of this meeting were the guide to seek […]

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Let's Meet: Silver Spring TweetUp

TweetUp | Courtesy of Silver Spring Inc.

Social media is here to stay. We all know that. I follow you; you follow me, but we may have never met. To fix the lack of “real interaction” Peter Tan, the blogger behind Silver Spring Inc., organized the Silver Spring TweetUps- meetings that bring people from the virtual to the real world. He also […]

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Meet Daniel Koroma: Community Liaison for African and Caribbean Communities

photo of Daniel Koroma

He started to volunteer in community events in 1999. After working in the financial industry for more than seven years, Daniel Koroma decided it was time to part ways with the company where he worked at the time. Today, Koroma is the community liaison for African And Caribbean Communities. He also oversees the Gilchrist Center […]

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To Be American or To Be Brazilian; A Foot In Each Home


Over the holiday break I had the chance to visit my family in Brazil. I had not seen my dad in almost two years, so I could not wait any longer. One of the things I thought it was interesting were the questions and comments coming my way. I got “You’re probably glad to be […]

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A New Executive Director for IMPACT Silver Spring

PHOTO |Courtesy of IMPACT Silver Spring

Jayne Park is the new executive director of IMPACT Silver Spring- a nonprofit that works with all members of the community. Park talked about organization’s future, her experience in positions of leadership, and shares a message to Montgomery County residents. – As of Dec. 1, you’re the new executive director of IMPACT Silver Spring, how […]

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Time Flies: Two Months at MCM

Aline interviewing Merlyn

It’s been a little over two months since I started to work at Montgomery Community Media. Let me tell you; I’ve been busy. But busy is good, so no complaints here. Throughout these two months, I have met wonderful people and covered some interesting stories. The more stories I do, the more I get to […]

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Voting For The First Time (VIDEO)


Despite reports of low voter turnout in Montgomery County during the primary election,  I was looking forward to this important civic right. For me, it’s the confirmation of finally being part of a community. I decided to vote early, and went to the County’s Executive Office Building in Rockville to cast my ballot. As soon […]

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