Vetri Maaran’s seering portrait of police brutality and corruption, VISAARANAI, scored Best Tamil Film, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor; Bhaskar Hazarika’s collection of four wonderously twisted fables, KOTHANODI, won Best Assamese Film; Neeraj Ghaywan won Best Debut Director for MASAAN, a tale of two intertwining stories set along the Ganges; and Nishant Roy Bombarde scored Best Debut Director for his short film THE THRESHOLD, an LGBT film about a young boy exploring his sexuality and gender identity.Details
The most powerful country in the world is at risk of sliding – through democratic elections – into an authoritarian, racist, divisive, aggressive and belligerent regime.
To Latinos, Trump is a candidate who has insulted their community and whose political campaign has been based on promoting hostility towards them and on the chimerical idea of deporting all undocumented immigrants.Details
The 14th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles echoes a familiar ring of glamour and excitement featuring a glitzy red carpet opening at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. This year as in the past 13 years filmmakers, actors and guests will glaze the carpet in anticipation of an evening of fun that will transport them to another place and time in the rich culture and heritage of Bollywood.Details
New Orleans-The Italian American Marching Club motto is Pride in Our Heritage. The organization exist to Keep Italian Heritage Alive in New Orleans. The group held a Pre-St. Joseph’s Day Pasta Party on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.
One of the Grand Ballrooms was festively decorated for the occasion. Several hundred people were in attendance for this annual event, the world’s largest pasta dish, a huge bowl of Pasta Con Sardi, a traditional St. Joseph’s Day Feast Day meatless dish.Details
FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg and more than 60 US companies filed a Supreme Court brief in support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. In the brief, employers say Obama’s executive orders would benefit the US economy.Details
While most would respond with an emphatic “yes” if asked if they would like more love in their lives, I suspect few people welcome the extent of “work” required to achieve that outcome. Of course, the amount of work involved depends on how far away one feels they are from the level of love they desire.
Just like achieving a diet, fitness or career goal, elevating the amount of love in your life requires commitment, change, vision and patience—with yourself and with others. Towards this end, it’s entirely possible for sentiment-seekers to create a personalized plan to achieve love goals, no matter how short or long of a journey that lies ahead. In the weight-loss analogy, if you want to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds, your personal trainer would have different advice for you. Similarly, if you want to increase the amount of love in your life by 5% or 500%, the means to achieve this would be different.Details
Five years ago, I met and fell in love with a man for whom it seemed everything did come easily. He possessed the classic leading man features: 6’ 4”, blonde hair, blue eyes, and was unyieldingly masculine.
“Hubbell” (as we’ll call him in this article) was truly the all-American male, and the perfect contrast to my frizzy hair, brown skin, and emotional androgyny.
We became fast friends and eventually lovers. And even though there were obvious differences, these only served to sharpen our mutual fascination with one another.Details
WASHINGTON – On April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2017 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.
The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap.Details
Los Angeles-If you are longtime residents of Los Angeles, and perhaps you heard your parents speak fondly about, or you are of a certain age to remember the glory days of Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn Blues Club from back in the day on Central Avenue.
I was only four years old, living in Tampa, Florida when Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was founded in 1064, by Laura Mae Gross, affectionally known as “Mama Laura”. Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn was in business on Central Avenue for 37 years. This was a jumping blues joint to see up and coming blues stars. In 1997, Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn relocated, re-energized to 4339 Leimert Park Blvd., in historic, and culturally vibrant Leimert Park Village. Sadly, Laura Mae Gross passed away in 2006. She left behind a lasting legacy in the local blues community and beyond.Details
DEARBORN, Mich.– Pioneering social scientist and researcher Dr. Alixa Naff set out in 1962 to document the personal experiences of Arab immigrants to the United States with only her reel-to-reel tape recorder, a grant of $1,000, her blue Volkswagen Beetle nicknamed “the camel” and a team of graduate students to assist.Details
Viet Film Fest 2016 Celebrates New Venue and Renews Commitment to Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers
ORANGE, CA-The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce that Viet Film Fest 2016 will have a new home, at AMC Orange 30 (The Outlets at Orange) from April 14-17. Viet Film Fest’s new larger and more central location is emblematic of its trajectory from a Little Saigon dream to an internationally renowned platform for Vietnamese voices. With a total of 24 films (11 features and 13 shorts), from countries such as Vietnam, Australia, Norway, France, and the United States, Viet Film Fest’s 2016 lineup showcases many “firsts” in Vietnamese cinema.Details