Los Angeles- The arrival of PAFF Closing Night Gala is a signal that our plane is making its final approach to the airport, our ship is heading to its final port and/or the train is heading down the stretch to the station. These are metaphors for our 12 day global journey through the Diaspora by way of cinema. The 22nd Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival Closing Night Gala official featured film were Blackbird, based on a novel by Larry Duplechan, directed by Patrik-Ian Polk.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- It was tough to convince Viridiana Hernández to call the Phoenix police when her house was broken into. She now has a work permit, under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, which temporarily protects her from deportation. But when someone broke into her house in 2012, her only form of identification was a matrícula consular (a Mexican consular ID card), and she was afraid it might raise suspicions that she was an undocumented immigrant.
Washington, D.C. – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced today that it will open for business in Burma to help finance short-term and medium-term U.S. export sales. “Today the Export-Import Bank is sending a strong signal that we are committed to strengthening economic ties with Burma as the nation continues its transition,” said Ex-Im Bank Board Chairman and President Fred Hochberg. “After a diligent review, the Bank's Board reached this decision--which will improve trade flows between our two countries and help reintegrate Burma into the global economy. Furthermore, this decision will open an important new market for American exports and support American jobs.”
Relationships often collapse because couples are not prepared to withstand the inevitable conflicts or even the humdrum and monotonous plateau period that’s nearly certain to present as the years go by. A relationship can feel more like “boot camp” when trying to acclimate to each other’s personality differences and habits—frustrations, tensions, and resentments that can persist well into a long-term love affair and undermine the ability to feel happy and content. For other couples, it’s shear boredom that can wreak havoc—if the partnership doesn’t continue to stimulate and enrich their lives, the doldrums can be a relationship death knell!
Los Angeles- All roads lead to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and adjacent RAVE Theatres. This destination serves as the launch pad for a global journey through various countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and last but not least, the United States. This visual journey through cinema has global appeal that will open the minds of audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again… without enduring jetlag and without ever packing a suitcase. The festival travels from February 6-17, 2014.
Washington, D.C. – The United States has set another annual record for the fourth consecutive year by exporting $2.3 trillion in goods and services in 2013, according to data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Commerce Department. The data also reveals that U.S. exports supported nearly 10 million American jobs in 2013. In December, the U.S. exported $191.3 billion of goods and services.
Cats and Asian Americans reign supreme on Youtube, but in Hollywood it’s another story: discrimination, stereotypes and exclusion are the norm for Asians, both on television and the silver screen. The most recent evidence of this came during the Golden Globe awards ceremony, where viewers were hard pressed to find an Asian face in the audience, let alone an Asian name among the nominees. The TV camera showed flashes of the marvelous Lucy Liu and comedian Ansari Aziz, as if trying to make sure that these two “cats” would somehow make up for the lack of Asian diversity. This year’s Oscar nominations offer another example. Not one name, with the exception of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category, is an Asian name.
Zainab Farah stands along the side of the cream wall, opening the tasseled blinds one gentle tug at a time. Three of her children sit perched on the couch below the window, wide-eyed with slender, brown fingers pointing to the buildings they recognize from above. We stand 21 floors above ground level in one of the Riverside Plaza apartment complexes in Minneapolis.
On Jan. 28, the Indian Supreme Court upheld its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old colonial law prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” The law was struck down in 2009 by a lower court in New Delhi, a decision that was cheered by Indian lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. But last month, on Dec. 11, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court overruled the lower court’s decision, saying that only Parliament could determine the matter. The announcement was met by massive protests calling for a review of the decision. Yesterday, however, the Court made it clear that the ruling would stand and no such review would take place.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adrian Avila plans to apply for citizenship for one major reason. “I’m doing it for my mother,” says Avila. Avila, a content producer at the bilingual magazine Silicon Valley De-Bug in San Jose, came to the United States with his mother when he was six years old. Now 29, he is one year younger than his mother was when she decided to leave everything behind in Mexico to build a better life for her son in the United States. Today, Avila wants to give something back to her: he plans to apply for citizenship so that he can petition for his mother to become a U.S. citizen.