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US Doctors for Africa to host first-ever Pan-African Medical Doctors & Healthcare Conference

March 5, 2014One Comment
US Doctors for Africa to host first-ever Pan-African Medical Doctors & Healthcare Conference

The Pan-African Medical Doctors & Healthcare Conference (PAMDHC) is set to bring together leading professionals in their areas of expertise that bring innovation, cutting edge, creative development thinking in the area of medicine and technology. The expected 1000-plus medical professionals are joined by Africa’s Heads of State and Ministers along with other Global Strategic Partners, investors and healthcare innovators.

Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Has Promise

March 3, 2014No Comments
Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Has Promise

This is the promise and potential of “My Brother’s Keeper.” It recognizes – as have these local programs – that while the amount of the investment is key, the effectiveness of the interventions are more important. In doing so, MBK should proceed with eyes wide open about the limits of government, the importance of partnership, and the cautionary track record of the numerous former government programs that have spent billions of tax payer dollars and have been proven ineffective.

Black British Presence Will Share Spotlight at Academy Awards

February 28, 2014No Comments
Black British Presence Will Share Spotlight at Academy Awards

The 2014 Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, and one of the world's most-watched television shows also will feature a strong black British presence in American films. "12 Years a Slave" was directed by Steven McQueen, a black British director. Black British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, plays the lead character in the film, which has been nominated for nine Oscars. McQueen has been nominated for best director. Ejiofor has been nominated for best actor and "12 Years a Slave" has been nominated for best picture.

Arab American Women Push Back Against Pressure to Marry

February 28, 2014No Comments
Arab American Women Push Back Against Pressure to Marry

New America Media/Arab American News, News Report, Fatima Fakhreddine DEARBORN — Discussing the pressure that many Arab American women experience to get married by a young age, Angela, a 22-year-old student at the University of Michigan – Dearborn who didn’t want to be identified, said, “There shouldn’t be an age limit. It shouldn’t be like […]

Fighting on Two Fronts — Arizona Latinos Stand Against Anti-Gay Bill

February 26, 2014No Comments
Fighting on Two Fronts — Arizona Latinos Stand Against Anti-Gay Bill

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Isela Meraz was among the thousands who gathered outside the Arizona State Legislature last week to protest the right-to-refuse service bill now on the governor’s desk. For Latinos, the bill stirs up painful memories of SB 1070, the state law that criminalized undocumented immigrants four years ago. Meraz, who is both gay and undocumented, now finds herself fighting on two fronts.

Blackbird Towers Over PAFF Closing Night Gala

February 19, 2014No Comments
Blackbird Towers Over PAFF Closing Night Gala

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.

Will Phoenix Document the ‘Undocumented’?

February 16, 2014No Comments
Will Phoenix Document the ‘Undocumented’?

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.

Ex-Im Bank Opens for Short-Term and Medium-Term Financing in Burma

February 16, 2014No Comments

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.”

Relationship Reality Check: 10 Questions that Can Transform Your Love Life

February 12, 2014No Comments
Relationship Reality Check:  10 Questions that Can Transform Your Love Life

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!

22nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

February 10, 2014No Comments
22nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

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.

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