Columbia University in Harlem graduate Linares left the Dominican Republic in 1966 and drove a taxi before becoming one of the first two Dominican-Americans elected to public office in the US when he won a New York City Council seat in 1991.
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Watch, of Zimbabwe, is a pastor and gospel singer. He preaches at the Salvation Army Harlem Temple.
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