It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump’s photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also gotten some endorsements from an odd assortment of black names such as Mike Tyson. Before that he bragged that he could get lots of black votes. It drew guffaws and snickers since it was just Trump being Trump. The overwhelming betting odds were that Trump could do something that’s mathematically impossible and that’s top the percentage of black voter support that one poll gave 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during that year’s presidential election; namely 0 percent.Details
Vetri Maaran’s seering portrait of police brutality and corruption, VISAARANAI, scored Best Tamil Film, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor; Bhaskar Hazarika’s collection of four wonderously twisted fables, KOTHANODI, won Best Assamese Film; Neeraj Ghaywan won Best Debut Director for MASAAN, a tale of two intertwining stories set along the Ganges; and Nishant Roy Bombarde scored Best Debut Director for his short film THE THRESHOLD, an LGBT film about a young boy exploring his sexuality and gender identity.Details
The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles echoes a familiar ring of glamour and excitement featuring a glitzy red carpet opening at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year as in the past 13 years filmmakers, actors and guests will glaze the carpet in anticipation of an evening of fun that will transport them to another place and time in the rich culture and heritage of Bollywood.Details
Los Angeles-If you are longtime residents of Los Angeles, and perhaps you heard your parents speak fondly about, or you are of a certain age to remember the glory days of Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Blues Club from back in the day on Central Avenue.
I was only four years old, living in Tampa, Florida when Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was founded in 1064, by Laura Mae Gross, affectionally known as “Mama Laura”. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was in business on Central Avenue for 37 years. This was a jumping blues joint to see up and coming blues stars. In 1997, Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn relocated, re-energized to 4339 Leimert Park Blvd., in historic, and culturally vibrant Leimert Park Village. Sadly, Laura Mae Gross passed away in 2006. She left behind a lasting legacy in the local blues community and beyond.Details
Viet Film Fest 2016 Celebrates New Venue and Renews Commitment to Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers
ORANGE, CA-The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce that Viet Film Fest 2016 will have a new home, at AMC Orange 30 (The Outlets at Orange) from April 14-17. Viet Film Fest’s new larger and more central location is emblematic of its trajectory from a Little Saigon dream to an internationally renowned platform for Vietnamese voices. With a total of 24 films (11 features and 13 shorts), from countries such as Vietnam, Australia, Norway, France, and the United States, Viet Film Fest’s 2016 lineup showcases many “firsts” in Vietnamese cinema.Details
The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) celebrated a star-studded party officially launching Viet Film Fest 2016 at its new home AMC Orange 30 (in The Outlets of Orange, formerly, The Block).Details
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2016) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6 is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Gala tickets and passes are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films will go on sale on March 18, 2016.Details
Los Angeles-Black History Month, African American Heritage Month got under way with festive fanfare on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
The Opening ceremony took place at Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., and the Los Angeles City Council; Board of Public Works Commissioner Mike Davis; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); Our Authors Study Club; and the 2016 African American Heritage Month Committee ushered in the month to officially commemorate and celebrate the opening of African American Heritage Month in the city of Los Angeles.Details
Only few super stars contribute to the betterment of humanity after gaining tremendous success and fame; Farahri is one of such great people. Shining bright, vivacious Farahri is trying to empower the world with motivational and positive messages that she conveys via her music and she named it as Global Pursuit of Positivity (GPoP). The term GPoP is coined by Farahri herself with the purpose to encourage love and positive thinking towards humanity. No one has ever used musical power better than her before!Details
PHOENIX — Rapper Mohamad Tokko, AKA “Yung Tokes”, a Dearborn native dropped a song, accompanied by a music video, as a response to business tycoon and presidential candidate Donald Trump’s bigoted comments.
Following Trump’s controversial plan last year to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Muslims and their allies took to social media condemning his remarks.
Yung Tokes’ song, titled “El Donald Trump”, highlights the frustration many Arab and Muslim Americans endure as a result of a dramatic rise in discrimination against them.Details