With not one, but two studio Hollywood films examining the lives of South African leaders and activists Winnie and Nelson Mandela – i.e. “Winnie Mandela” and “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom,” respectively, the spotlight is certainly on South Africa these days. Still, from Capetown to Tinseltown, South Africa is blossoming as a prominent film-making destination with the likes of such studio productions as "Safe House,” “Invictus,” and “Blood Diamond.” For this reason, South African Consul-General Cyril Ndaba spearheaded a five-day, entertainment fact-finding mission for a delegation of dignitaries and senior executives within the cultural community of South Africa’s province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to see the inner workings of the film industry.
House of Chic a Los Angeles based pop-up retail presented a fashion extravaganza showcasing their latest designs. Event highlighted designs by Indian-born Jinali Surani and Heena Surani who in an interview with The Immigrant Magazine defined their style as contemporary and not limited to any one specific culture or ethnicity.
Nichkhun Horvejkul is a cultural phenomenon. Born and raised in Southern California, his high school friends told him that with his looks and winning smile, he should be a Korean pop star. Never mind that his parents are immigrants from Thailand, and that he didn't speak a word of Korean. But after being scouted by a Korean pop singer and producer, the 25-year-old landed a contract in Seoul. He had to undergo intense Korean and Mandarin language immersion for two years, along with taking singing and dancing lessons. Now he's is a bona fide Korean pop star, a member of the popular boys band 2 PM.
The immigrant experience is a universal phenomenon shared by many seeking greener pastures in far away lands, one that is all too familiar with Brazilian born actor Guile Branco. Upon arrival in the land of Hollywood dreams he soon realized that it certainly would take more than his passion alone to realize what he sought. The harsh realities of being a stranger in a strange land would soon overwhelm this young ambitious immigrant who is forced to demonstrate the true spirit of the immigrant, one that is resilient and dedicated.Today he reveals to The Immigrant Magazine (TIM) how he managed to forge his way to successfully realizing his American dream in the face of great adversity.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Juan Ceballos came to the United States so he could live freely as an openly gay man. But the move came with a high cost: he had to take on another secret identity as an undocumented immigrant. Ceballos was 17 when he entered the United States by foot, a backpack on his shoulders, easily passing as an American student through the Tijuana border. He quickly realized that, as an undocumented immigrant, it wouldn’t be easy to stay in the United States. And as a gay man, it wouldn’t be easy to go back to Mexico.
The Immigrant Magazine, Heritage, Ricky Richardson Los Angeles- The City of Angels is home to a huge, vibrant and striving Latino community. Residents and I benefit from the wealth of cultural influences of the various Latino communities. This was apparent for the William Grant Still Arts Center’s Tequio Aqui, Tequio All new exhibit. This [...]
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View will host the 4th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13. The annual showcase will feature a mix of feature films, shorts, and animations from Africa’s seasoned and emerging first-voice filmmakers. Themed “Africa Through African Lens”, the mission of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images.
The program offers temporary legal status to qualifying undocumented immigrants who entered the country at or before age 16, and who have lived in the United States continuously since 2007. According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) there are approximately 300,000 individuals who meet DACA’s age, educational, and other eligibility criteria in California. Just under half of those had applied as of June 2013, according to MPI.
The Polish American Film Society is proud to announce the 14th Annual Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles (October 8 – 17, 2013) celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers. The festival will open with MY FATHER'S BIKE (Moj rower) by Piotr Trzaskalski on October 8, 2013 with our star-studded gala during which both Polish and American moviemakers will walk the red carpet at Hollywood's legendary Egyptian Theatre, an extravagant start to a ten-day-long celebration of Polish Cinema through October 17, 2013 with subsequent screenings at the Laemmle's NoHo 7 and Royal Theaters.
Unbeknownst to many of the approximately 127,200 California DACA recipients, their families and health care advocates, recipients 21 and under could also be eligible for exclusively state-funded Medi-Cal. It’s a program California set up, after the federal government in 1996 passed the Welfare Reform Act that slapped a five-year waiting period on newly legalized immigrants to access public health programs. The program, funded solely with state money, is identical to the larger Medi-Cal program funded with both federal and state dollars, and bears the same name. Once expanded Medi-Cal rolls out on Jan. 1, 2014, DACA recipients could enroll in it, provided they can establish state residency.