Shereen Marisol Meraji en 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Spike Lee's <em>Do the Right Thing</em> was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.<p>The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn.<em> </em>All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.<p><em>Do the Right Thing</em> would go on to be nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay, where it ultimately lost out to <em>Dead Poets Society Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 41688 at 'Do The Right Thing' Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary A View On The World Cup, Seen From An LA Bar On A Midweek Morning Fans of the U.S. soccer team gathered across the country to watch Thursday's World Cup match against Germany. More than a thousand people watched the game at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and many others filled Grant Park in Chicago. Meanwhile, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji was with fans in Los Angeles, and she offers some of their reactions. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 41609 at Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure Barbershops are a traditional gathering place for African-American men — a place to talk politics, sports and gossip. Now, some doctors in Los Angeles are hoping to make the barbershop a place for combating high blood pressure among black men.<p>Death rates from hypertension are three times higher in African-American men than in white men of the same age, says Dr. Ronald Victor, the director of Cedars-Sinai Center for Hypertension in Los Angeles.<p>"Hypertension is one of the biggest reasons why the life expectancy of African-American men is only 69 years," Victor says. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 41480 at Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework About two dozen dads — all African-Americans, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s — are standing in a circle participating in a call-and-response exercise:<p><blockquote><p>Call: You done broke them chains.<br /> Response: From my body and my brain!<br /> Call: But you was deaf, dumb and blind. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 41289 at For These Inner-City Dads, Fatherhood Comes With Homework Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do <p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 37056 at Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do An East L.A. Football Rivalry, Unchanged For 79 Years An East Los Angeles rivalry has become the largest high school football game west of the Mississippi. The football teams of Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School will meet on the gridiron Friday night for the 79th year. The game is expected to draw 20,000 fans. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 36215 at 'The Muslims Are Coming!' To Middle America Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>A group of Muslim comics went on tour through parts of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, as well as Arizona. Their mission was to help Americans equate Islam with funny, rather than fundamentalist. And that is the topic of a new documentary called, "The Muslims Are Coming."<p>NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji met up with the directors.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Here's a quick taste of what happens when Muslim comics invade Middle America.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING")<p>NEGIN FARSAD: I'm an Iranian-American Muslim female. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:12:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 34899 at Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement <em>All this summer, NPR is looking back to civil rights activism of 1963, marking the 50th anniversary of a number of events that changed our society. From the </em><a href="">assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers</a><em> in Mississippi to the March on Washington; NPR is remembering the past and examining how our society has changed. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 34198 at Summer Of '63: Old Lessons For A New Movement Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Hispanic American are an increasingly important consumer demographic to woo. That's according to a new study from the market research firm Nielsen. The report says that most of today's Latinas are the primary decision makers when it comes to household spending.<p>But marketing to them is a real challenge, as NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji reports.<p>SHEREEN MARISOL MERAJI, BYLINE: Welcome to the home of the contemporary Latina consumer.<p>PAMELA MARIA WRIGHT: Hi.<p>MERAJI: Hi. How are you?<p>Good. How are you?<p>WRIGHT: Good. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:28:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 33942 at Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure Comedian and actor Aisha Tyler brews beer, plays video games, tells dirty jokes, drinks fancy booze and ... writes books.<p>She has a new one out this week: <em>Self-inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humilation</em>. We sat down in the NPR studios over a mug of 18-year-old scotch to talk about her most embarrassing moments on the road to success. (No, really, we did. Listen to us toast.)<p>For those of you wondering who Aisha Tyler is, here's a quick breakdown (to be read quickly):<p><ul><p><li><p>She played Ross's paleontologist love interest on <em>Friends</em>. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 32887 at Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure