My mom was a great mother. She cared for my three brothers, my sister and me, and gave us lots of love, but she made the decision to remarry, leaving us with my grandma and uncles. After she left, I would [often] cry myself to sleep. My grandma would always say, “Stop crying! If your mother loved you then your mother would never have left you to live with another man.” Sometimes my grandma would hit me because I was crying too much. I missed my mom so much that one day I ran away to stay with her, but the next day my grandma and uncles took me back.Details
The opening of the movie Selma this weekend has rekindled vivid memories for New America Media editor Paul Kleyman, who in 1965 was one of thousands of students who joined the last part of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Fifty years later, Kleyman recalls his experiences of the march and of that summer, when he returned to the South as a civil rights worker.
At age 19, I was a sophomore in journalism at the University of Minnesota and member of Students for Civil Rights. I joined the roughly 25,000 others who bused to Selma to join the last part of the march, two weeks after Dr. King led the first and bravest group into bloody confrontation on the Edmund Petus Bridge.Details
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2015) –
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles or IFFLA’s final submission deadline is fast approaching on January 16th! This is the last chance to enter films for consideration in the 2015 festival!
IFFLA’s 2015 Grand Jury Prize winner for Best Feature will be awarded a free participation in the Carpe Diem artists-in-residence program, a retreat designed to allow artists an opportunity to create new works in a stimulating environment.Details
I think of myself as a staunch supporter of freedom of expression but I realize the disquieting truth that I could never publish some of the cartoons Charlie Hebdo did. It would go against every fiber of my being. But I will defend their right to exist and condemn what happened to them with every fiber of my being as well. But I just cannot say #IAmCharlieHebdo.Details
How An Illegal Immigrant Built A Successful Enterprise And Created Impact; Polish Artist Ania Gilmore
Standing in front of a group of wide-eyed Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) students, Polish-born artist Ania Gilmore coddles a book that starts on both sides called a dos-à-dos book. It’s constructed of envelopes that serve as a painful reminder to Gilmore and her family of the era of martial law that took place in Poland during the early 1980’s.Details
Michèle Montas, still remembers her conversation with the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon when he invited her to become his spokesman “I know your story and that’s why I have chosen you,” he told her.
Montas, an award-winning Haitian radio journalist, and her husband, also a journalist, vocally fought for justice, human rights, and democracy. The couple was forced to flee the country twice to briefly live in exile in the U.S.Details
With Brazilian presidential elections swiftly approaching, three Massachusetts-based Brazilian activists sat in the tiny studio of Radio BTTV in Somerville, Mass. to represent the candidates in a debate. The announcer opened by asking all three, “What can the growing population of Brazilian citizens living abroad expect from candidates?”
“Unfortunately, the present government is not remotely interested in helping those who live outside of their nation,” argued Dario Galvão, an activist from Stoughton, Mass, representing Brazil’s Socialist Party candidate, Marina Silva.Details
SOMERVILLE, MA. In a tiny, packed room deep in the belly of the Somerville Theatre, an international crowd of tweens and adults focus their eyes on the big screen. On this blustery November evening, viewers are here for the 2nd Annual Boston International Kids Film Festival.
One of the more serious films of the evening is “The Theft.” It is the directorial and writing debut for Gauri Adelkar, a 34-year-old resident of Somerville. In the film, she weaves a complex story of a modern domestic servant—someone of the lowest class and caste in India—who gets wrongfully blamed when household money goes missing.Details
In 1977, Omar tried to escape Cuba on a raft made out of branches and foam. He had to hide in the jungle for several days before he took the plunge one night. From above, the Russian air forces saw the escape and caught him. It was his first time in jail.
“If you don’t die of hypothermia, after three seconds gigant tiger sharks eat you. Sharks know that in between Cuba and the U.S. they can find food,” Omar says about those who die in the sea trying to flee.Details
In the winter of 1986, Gibrán Rivera moved with his siblings and parents to a small town west of Springfield, MA where many of his fellow Puerto Ricans had already laid roots. He didn’t want to leave Puerto Rico. He liked his 12-year-old life, his friends and his school.
“Coming here changed my life and defined everything afterwards,” says Rivera, “because it meant becoming a minority.”Details