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Photo: Idris Brewster and Seun Summers
Idris Brewster and Seun Summers

An American Promise (5.28.2013)

Over the course of 13 years, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson filmed their son’s progress through the elite New York City prep school called Dalton. As an African-American family in a predominantly white school, the years were challenging for everyone, as seen in the family’s documentary American Promise

Also: Comedian Alaudin Ullah’s parents are Bengali, and were among the many East Indian and Bangladeshi immigrants who moved to New York at the turn of the 20th century. Alaudin has been exploring the lost history of his old neighborhood, often called “Bengali Harlem.” 


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