I first saw Prince as an audience member, back in 1981, when I was on a first date. My proper Bermudian beau and I had dressed in our Sunday best. We awkwardly sat front and center in orchestra seats watching this superhuman little being gyrate across the stage performing music that defied anything I had heard before. When the Purple One jumped to the highest pillar of his stage, grabbed a guitar and ejaculated light into the audience, I thought I was going to turn purple myself. Barely 20 years old and far more naive than my tender age belied, I dared not look at my date for fear that he might imagine that any such thing might happen with us!Details
Los Angeles, April 2016 – The many faces of exile, both external and internal, slated for 11th SEEfest, set to run April 28 – May 5, include stories both piercing and lifting that share as many facets of the human experience of exile as there are films. A full slate of high quality features and timely documentaries begin on Opening night April 28 at Ahrya Fine Arts theater with the premiere of Bosnia’s Oscar entry Our Everyday Life, directed by Ines Tanović, who will attend the screening.Details
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jesus Pina Sanchez remembers all too vividly that morning two years ago when he was crossing the street near his home and got hit by a car in the crosswalk.
The then15-year-old was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, X-rayed and treated for the bruises he suffered. He was discharged later that day and his parents were slapped with a $10,000 bill, which weeks later went to collections.
With the help of a pro bono attorney, the Sanchez family was not only able to squash the bill but to get $5,000 in settlement from the driver.Details
On April 13, 2016, USCIS revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised version is available at uscis.gov/n-400. You may continue to use the 9/13/13 edition of the form until August 9, 2016. We will reject and return previous versions of Form N-400 submitted on or after August 10, 2016.Details
LOS ANGELES, CA – The GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (GIIFF) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 5THh annual festival. Opening the festival on May 26, 2016 are two films by Director Marcello Thedford, Sins Of The Guilty and Detainment.Details
Applications for USCIS’ Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2016 are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on April 22, 2016.
On March 2, USCIS began accepting applications for two competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.Details
WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.Details
LOS ANGELES, CA– The 14th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday evening (April 10) with a red carpet and gala fete that featured the North American premiere of Anu Menon’s poignant and stirring feature, WAITING starring Kalki Koechlin who was in attendance, as well as the presentation of the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards.
This year the festival showcased nearly 30 films including features, documentaries, and shorts at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception, including three world premieres, two North American premieres, and ten U.S. premieres. IFFLA was proud to present more features and shorts from female filmmakers than ever before, as well as many titles that had received top awards at festivals around the globe. The festival had once again the support of its presenting sponsor, Zee Cinema.Details
It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump’s photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also gotten some endorsements from an odd assortment of black names such as Mike Tyson. Before that he bragged that he could get lots of black votes. It drew guffaws and snickers since it was just Trump being Trump. The overwhelming betting odds were that Trump could do something that’s mathematically impossible and that’s top the percentage of black voter support that one poll gave 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during that year’s presidential election; namely 0 percent.Details
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Getting a green card can be a long, arduous process for many immigrants. Some even have to wait for 25 years or spend tens of thousands of dollars to get legal permanent residency in the United States.
Because of this, legal permanent residents who are eligible for naturalization often think that applying for U.S. citizenship is harder than it really is.
“They fear that they won’t pass the test and interview. They fear that their English is not good enough,” Marina Gundorin, immigration supervisor at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, said at a recent ethnic media convening here. “And they fear that they won’t be able to afford the application fee.”Details
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