Shari was born into a war-torn country, alone and fending for herself; Clara grew up in New York with seemingly the best of everything. These two very different characters, who led very different lives, undertake a surreal journey to meet in an explosive encounter and discover a shared secret from their past in TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale. In this dramedy written by award-winning playwright Saviana Stanescu, you’ll piece together a life that was torn apart by war as the characters — our alternate identities — find themselves reunited after 30 years. With suspense and humor, the artists bring the eclectic imagery of the Los Angles Art Scene to Europe.Details
The spirit of improvisation finds its ultimate expression in the workings of American democracy. Like improvisation, democracy believes every voice, however marginal or foolish, should be heard, every vote counted.
Then along came Donald J. Trump whose irrepressible spontaneity knocks much of this rosy vision about improv and democracy into a cocked hat. Presidential historian Jon Meachum calls Trump “Unabashedly improvisational.” David Axelrod describes him as “an improvisational performer, long on chutzpah and borscht belt put-downs but short on facts.” We’ve all seen it. The man gives no thought to the next thing out of his mouth. If Hermes the Trickster, the lord of boundary crossing, god of thieves and liars was the first improviser, Donald Trump the con man is his dark doppelganger, a dark echo point by point.Details
My brother, Jesus Eduardo Sevilla, was 56 when he died last year in Fresno, Calif., after battling a degenerative neurological disorder for four years. He was uninsured because of his undocumented status.
Jesus was a father of five, a grandfather of nine and my baby brother. He embraced life. He made everyone laugh, including the doctors and nurses who cared for him at the Fresno Medical Center. They were moved by his attitude, his personality and his compassion. At his funeral, I learned so much from each grandchild about all the things he meant to them.Details
How California Based African-Born Soldier Frank Musisi Rose From Captain To Major In The United States Army
On October 14th 2016, Captain Frank Musisi’s journey culminated into a beautiful pit stop when he was honored as Major in the US Army, a shift in rank that would bring bigger and greater responsibilities. An extraordinary event at the 79th SSC headquarters at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, California, Major Musisi shared his journey, which like every immigrant experience was fraught with challenges and ultimately success for those who work hard and are determined to succeed.Details
By now, everyone has probably heard about Dr. Tamika Cross’s experience with Delta Airlines and thousands have read about what she says was discrimination when attempting to aid a passenger on a flight who needed emergency assistance.
The OB-GYN, who is in her residency at McGovern Medical School in Texas, took to Facebook to share what happened to her, but since then EBONY has contacted her about the incident and she described why it frustrated her.Details
The 17th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles opened Wednesday October 12, 2016 celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers.
The festival launched its 17th year with an exciting feel good movie THE ECCENTRICS, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET (Excentrycy czyli po slonecznej stronie ulicy) by Janusz Majewski, Silver Lion and Best Actor in Supporting Role for Wojciech Pszoniak at the 2015 Gdynia Film Festival.Details
Adrienne Minh-Chau Le
Adrienne Minh-Chau Le’s “Letter To My Refugee Mom” is what the title suggests it is – a straightforward, sincere, moving epistolary spoken by one generation toward the legacy of sorrow and struggles of an older generation. While the events (war, exodus, refugee life) that Le’s “letter” addresses have their roots in historic events of four decades past, the themes in this piece are no less relevant in today’s world – which we all know has its share of continuing war(s) and refugee crises. Le’s letter is a particular account, that will surely resonate on a collective level.Details
The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco, my family and I sang it to mark our first anniversary in exile.
Nearly four decades have passed since then. If I were to sing it now, not that I remember the lyrics entirely, I would sing it with a tone full of irony. So removed from that emotional juncture, I wonder to what extent is the song’s declaration still true? Vietnam is accessible now to the Diaspora, but to what extent are we still here for her? Who, in fact, are we?Details
The 6th Annual Taste of Mexico returns to the beautiful, charming, intimate courtyard of LA Plaza de Cultural Y Artes, 501 Main Street, Los Angeles CA. LA Plaza de Cultural Y Artes is LA’s dedicated museum of Mexican American History and culture situated in the heart of the vibrant and thriving culture scene of Downtown Los Angeles.Details
Arab American Media, News Report, Samer Hijazi Photo: (L-R) Zade Alsawah, Nirmeen Fahmy and Zaineb Hussein. DEARBORN — It’s no secret that Arab and Muslim Americans have not rallied behind Hillary Clinton with the same enthusiasm as other presidential candidates. In fact, Arab Americans were credited with tilting the scales in Senator Bernie Sanders’ favor…Details