The Haiti that Mackenzy Brun returned to in 2005 was not the same one he left in 1987. After almost 20 years in Brooklyn, Mackenzy expected the newly paved streets that crisscrossed his small city in Haiti’s central plateau and the electric grid that inched into town in 2011. What he did not expect was the dramatic change to his grandmother’s cooking. He dreamt of her soup joumou(squash soup), legim (vegetable soup) and diri kole ak pwa (rice and beans). What he found was that the locally sourced green herbs that flavored her cooking had been replaced by a dense yellow-wrapped cube: Maggi.Details
He was going for a long time. It was time, indeed well past time. But still the heart catches when the news finally comes.
Waking up to a world without Nelson Mandela is not unimaginable. We have come perilously close to it over and over again. The idea of Nelson Mandela was strong. But the reality of Nelson Mandela had been on life support for a long time.
Now only the idea remains.Details
Comic companies are trying to diversify their superhero ranks. There have been non-white characters, and even a few Muslim heros.
Marvel Comics announced a new superhero comic book series featuring Kamala Khan: a Muslim, Pakistani 16-year-old who lives in New Jersey. She’ll be taking on the name of Ms. Marvel, after the former Ms. Marvel, who is now going by Captain Marvel.Details
Despite the negative stereotypes surrounding Saudi Arabians, many Saudis in the United States are university students. Saudi presence on American campuses has grown significantly over the past seven years. Saudis amount to 4.5 percent of international students in the country.
In universities throughout Michigan, Saudis rank fifth in the number of international students. They make up 5 percent of the State’s foreign student body.
In 2006, the Saudi Higher Education Ministry established a scholarship program to send students to universities abroad.Details
NEW YORK – When Jason Tseng first met his boyfriend at a support group meeting for gay Asian and Pacific Islander men in New York, he never would have guessed that three years later he’d be contemplating marriage. With the end of DOMA, the federal ban on same-sex marriage, they now have that chance.
But first they have to tell their parents.Details
It was Christmas Day, 2011, and Jeremy Lin was alone on a plane flying back home to Palo Alto, Calif. The second-year NBA player had just been placed on waivers again, this time by the Houston Rockets. Two days later, Lin learned that he had been picked up by the New York Knicks. But this was not necessarily cause for celebration. After being tossed around by teams and sent to the D-League numerous times, Lin, at this point, was frustrated, burnt out and unsure of his future in the NBA.Details
The immigrant experience is a universal phenomenon shared by many seeking greener pastures in far away lands, one that is all too familiar with Brazilian born actor Guile Branco. Upon arrival in the land of Hollywood dreams he soon realized that it certainly would take more than his passion alone to realize what he sought.Details
Los Angeles based pop-up retail House of Chic, presented a fashion extravaganza showcasing their latest designs. Event highlighted designs by Indian-born Jinali Surani and Heena Surani who in an interview with The Immigrant Magazine defined their style as contemporary and not limited to any one specific culture or ethnicity.Details
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.Details
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.Details