Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Watts, CA. – The longest running jazz festival in the city, the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival was held on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The festival was held in conjunction with the 55th Anniversary of the Watts Towers Art Center.

The 35th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival were presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Friends of Watts Towers Art Center.

The Watts Towers Art Center is a cultural institution in Los Angeles and served as a beacon for the community. The venue continued to engage the entire community, residents, visitors and tourist with guided tours of the famous Watts Towers, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and delightful array of mouthwatering food throughout the weekend.

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Arabs for Hillary Hope to Rally Reluctant Community

Arab American Media, News Report, Samer Hijazi Photo: (L-R) Zade Alsawah, Nirmeen Fahmy and Zaineb Hussein. DEARBORN — It’s no secret that Arab and Muslim Americans have not rallied behind Hillary Clinton with the same enthusiasm as other presidential candidates. In fact, Arab Americans were credited with tilting the scales in Senator Bernie Sanders’ favor…

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Lupita Nyong’o On Frank Talk: Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong’o On Frank Talk: Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere Red Carpet

In a red carpet interview for Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere at El Capitan Movie Theatre, Hollywood, CA, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang, and shares a message that resonates way beyond the boundaries of her East African heritage asserting the importance and relevance of this historic film by Walt Disney.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Inglewood

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Inglewood

Inglewood-It was a beautiful day in the City of Champions, with picture perfect clear blue skies and a slight breeze.

The City of Inglewood celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge cultural festival, Saturday, September 17, 2016, on the grounds of Crozier Middle School. National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Americans recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

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Citizenship with a Side of Adobo

Citizenship with a Side of Adobo

I learned what it means to be a U.S. citizen at the family dinner table.

My earliest memories are of the vivid stories my parents told me, stories that shaped the values I hold to this day and that emphasized the playing an active role in shaping and improving our world.

Over warm bowls of sinigang, my father told my brother, sister and me how he marched in Selma, Alabama and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic battle for civil rights.

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How U.S. Citizenship Can Help You Achieve Your American Dream

Mark L. Keam

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

These are the very first words that I utter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates at the beginning of each legislative day.

As the first Asian-born immigrant elected to Virginia’s state legislature since it began meeting in 1619, these words have tremendous personal meaning to me.

When I place my right hand over my heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the words penned in 1892 by Francis Bellamy remind me of that day in December 1991 when I became an American citizen by choice.

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To Pay Our Parents Back, Help Them Become U.S. Citizens

To Pay Our Parents Back, Help Them Become U.S. Citizens

Like millions of other immigrant families, my family came to this country with not much more than the change in our pockets. Born in Guangzhou, China, I was four years old when we moved to the United States. I grew up in southwest Houston, where I now have the honor of serving as a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

While my family’s specific story may differ, our experiences echo those of other immigrants. Our fathers suffered long and brutal days working for little money in jobs that didn’t respect their intelligence or education. Our mothers scrimped and sacrificed to make ends meet, and to give us the best education possible. Our parents endured the physical hardships, endured the insults of people strange to them, and continued demeaning jobs because they believed in something better. Something better for us.

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen During Constitution Week

Becoming a U.S. Citizen During Constitution Week

The U.S. Constitution: it’s a legalistic document that takes about a half-hour to read. Yet it changed the course of history, by encoding the basic principles and values that have managed to sustain our nation as a beacon burning bright for the world for more than two centuries.

Which is why U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes special pride in naturalizing new citizens – good people drawn by that beacon — during Constitution Week. These ceremonies are an appreciation of the historic connection to the roughly 4,500 words that these brand-new Americans just swore an oath to support and defend.

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Foreign Entrepreneurs Can Get ‘Start-Up’ Visas to Start Business in US

Acting on a 2014 mandate issued by President Barack Obama, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Aug. 26 a new proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for a two-year stay in the U.S. to start or scale up a business.

The proposal, known as the Immigrant Entrepreneur rule and informally dubbed a “startup visa,” though it is actually not a visa, is aimed at entrepreneurs from abroad who own at least 15 percent of a startup – founded within the past three years before the entrepreneur applies for the provisions of the rule – that has demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation. Applicants to the program must have a central role in founding the company or its operations, and must have received at least $345,000 from U.S. investors or at least $100,000 from qualified government agencies.

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