Once again, the 2016 Academy Award best acting nominations are all white — a repeat of 2015 despite widespread criticism expressed by the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. But while reading about the Academy Award nominations, my thoughts turned to the tragic image of the late Misty Upham, a Native American actress of the Blackfeet Nation who appeared during the 2015 Oscars telecast in the “In Memoriam” montage while Meryl Streep looked on.Details
Let’s talk about the only thing that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences understands. That’s dollars and cents. African Americans spend far more dollars proportionately on Hollywood films than any other segment of the film-going public. According to a comprehensive BET research study, they make nearly 200 million trips to the movies yearly. That averages out to more than 13 movie trips for African Americans versus barely 11 for the general movie-going audience. They are more likely to make repeat visits to movies that they like. This adds up to more than $500 million in added spending. They go to the movies more often each month. The average is more than two times per month, or nearly 30 movies a year. And, contrary to the popular view, they don’t just go see “black themed” films that are heavy with black stars. In fact, more than 80 percent of the movies African Americans go see do not feature a black cast or storyline.Details
Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ premieres her new musical epic this month in San Francisco, inspired by the experiences of the Vietnamese Boat People. Integrating traditional and new instruments, video, field recordings and interviews with survivors, The Odyssey–From Vietnam to America reflects the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom. The work was created in partnership with Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). She spoke with New America Media editor Andrew Lam.Details
I agree with you that it’s a little ironic that we Sikhs are being mistaken for Muslims in the U.S. today, when the very idea behind our distinctive appearance was to distinguish us from Muslims and Hindus. I wish more people knew about the role of the Sikhs in the fight against the Mughal tyranny in 17th century India, and the sacrifices the Sikhs made to protect the common man’s right to practice their religion during Aurangzeb’s misguided attempts to convert the entire Mughal empire to Islam.Details
SFFLA – has been Nordic film’s “home away from home” for SEVENTEEN years offering “top films from the top of Europe” showcasing films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. And now we include “Hanseatic Happenings” so you can see what’s going on around the Baltic neighborhood.Details
NAM/New Canadian Media, News Feature, Beatriz Paez When Syrian refugee children arrive in Canadian classrooms for the very first time, the anxiety they feel might be more than simply first-day-of-school jitters, say humanitarian relief workers and health-care providers. Many may be experiencing the trauma of loss and displacement after months, if not years, of being…Details
The entire GOP is having a massive ISIS freakout and is now doing its utmost to protect America from Syrian refugees. Obviously, much of this is purely political.
This moment could not have come at a worse time for the sane Republican establishment hoping to derail Trump. We are now only 10 weeks from the Iowa caucuses and 11 weeks from the New Hampshire primary. Politics will also get sidelined by Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years, so the calendar is much more compressed than it seems. Time is running short to establish order, and two weeks on the clock are getting chewed up by the ISIS/Paris/Terror/Syria storyline, which is in Trump’s wheelhouse of xenophobia.Details
What does it mean to be bilingual? Simply defined, it is the ability to use two languages. Some people can speak two languages well, but are more comfortable reading and writing in one. Or one language is spoken at home, or smaller communities, while another is used in all public interactions including school and work.Details
At a time when America was busy denouncing Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from coming to the United States, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill that restricts Arabs and Muslims’ entry into the country.
The bill excludes Iraqis and Syrians from the Visa Waiver Program even if they are also citizens of countries from which travel to the United States is allowed without pre-approval.Details
Kareem doesn’t fit the image of a Syrian refugee often seen in the media. Clean cut, dressed in well-fitting business casual with a young professional’s composure, he sits calmly in a Hamburg café and listens to Adele on his smartphone.
It’s hard to imagine that just this past August, he and his older brother Ghaith — like so many other young Syrian men — fled the country to escape conscription into Bashar al-Assad’s army.Details