Remembering “the mother” of Arab American Studies and Social historian Alixa Naff

Alixa Naff, considered “the mother” of Arab American Studies, established the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1962, she travelled the United States in a blue Volkswagon beetle, known as “the camel,” conducting oral interviews with the first generations of Arab American immigrants and collecting their photographs and artifacts.


Profiling A Rising African-Diasporan Filmmaker Take 2

In the year 2010 Odera Ozoka, a gifted filmmaker based in Hollywood released his feature film “Soul Diaspora” to much praise. The twenty thousand dollar movie which was shot in ten days went on to win several awards that year including the “Audience Favorite” award at the Pan African Film Festival, and ‘Best Film’ from a filmmaker in Diaspora at the African Movie Academy Awards.

As a writer/director, Soul Diaspora showed Odera’s gift for visual poetry, bringing together elements of what he loved best- fantasy mixed with a touch of neorealisms, and weaving them seamlessly to create cinematic conflicts where his characters can bond. To put it simply he had a good year in 2010.


Sam Sarpong, Multi-faceted Cultural Icon's American Dream

Sam Sarpong, Multi-faceted Cultural Icon’s American Dream

TIM,Entertainment He is described by many as a triple threat. A Hollywood actor, singer, and one of the world’s top male supermodels, Sam Sarpong has modeled for Louis Vuitton,Marc Jacobs,Gucci and many other mainstream designers including most recently Nelson Mandela’s inspired men’s line, 466/64. Currently the new Los Angeles host of Ryan Seacrest’s new network,…


Congressional Leaders Denounce AZ Immigration Law; Senators Unveil Reform Framework

Washington D.C. – Today, Representatives of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and others joined together to condemn Arizona’s harsh and extreme anti-immigrant law and to call for movement on comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Senate. Last weekend the eyes of the entire nation were focused on Arizona as it became the most dramatic example of the federal government’s failure to fix our broken immigration system.


ICE to Suspend Some Deportations

MIAMI, Fla.- The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ordered the cancellation of deportation proceedings against foreigners with pending residency applications or whose family members are citizens or legal residents and are petitioning for them to stay in the country legally, El Nuevo Herald reports. Richard Rocha, a spokesman for ICE in Washington, added that ICE will focus on the deportation of undocumented immigrants who have criminal records.