Sister Watches Helplessly as Uninsured Brother Slowly Slips Away

My brother, Jesus Eduardo Sevilla, was 56 when he died last year in Fresno, Calif., after battling a degenerative neurological disorder for four years. He was uninsured because of his undocumented status.

Jesus was a father of five, a grandfather of nine and my baby brother. He embraced life. He made everyone laugh, including the doctors and nurses who cared for him at the Fresno Medical Center. They were moved by his attitude, his personality and his compassion. At his funeral, I learned so much from each grandchild about all the things he meant to them.

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California Based African-Born Soldier Frank Musisi, From Captain To Major In The United States Army

How California Based African-Born Soldier Frank Musisi Rose From Captain To Major In The United States Army

On October 14th 2016, Captain Frank Musisi’s journey culminated into a beautiful pit stop when he was honored as Major in the US Army, a shift in rank that would bring bigger and greater responsibilities. An extraordinary event at the 79th SSC headquarters at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, California, Major Musisi shared his journey, which like every immigrant experience was fraught with challenges and ultimately success for those who work hard and are determined to succeed.

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Doctor Charging Delta with Discrimination in Medical Emergency Speaks Out

Doctor Charging Delta with Discrimination in Medical Emergency Speaks Out

By now, everyone has probably heard about Dr. Tamika Cross’s experience with Delta Airlines and thousands have read about what she says was discrimination when attempting to aid a passenger on a flight who needed emergency assistance.

The OB-GYN, who is in her residency at McGovern Medical School in Texas, took to Facebook to share what happened to her, but since then EBONY has contacted her about the incident and she described why it frustrated her.

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17th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles October 12 – 20, 2016

The 17th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles opened Wednesday October 12, 2016 celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers.

The festival launched its 17th year with an exciting feel good movie THE ECCENTRICS, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET (Excentrycy czyli po slonecznej stronie ulicy) by Janusz Majewski, Silver Lion and Best Actor in Supporting Role for Wojciech Pszoniak at the 2015 Gdynia Film Festival.

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The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le’s “Letter To My Refugee Mom” is what the title suggests it is – a straightforward, sincere, moving epistolary spoken by one generation toward the legacy of sorrow and struggles of an older generation. While the events (war, exodus, refugee life) that Le’s “letter” addresses have their roots in historic events of four decades past, the themes in this piece are no less relevant in today’s world – which we all know has its share of continuing war(s) and refugee crises. Le’s letter is a particular account, that will surely resonate on a collective level.

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Our Vietnamese Hearts

Our Vietnamese Hearts

The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco, my family and I sang it to mark our first anniversary in exile.

Nearly four decades have passed since then. If I were to sing it now, not that I remember the lyrics entirely, I would sing it with a tone full of irony. So removed from that emotional juncture, I wonder to what extent is the song’s declaration still true? Vietnam is accessible now to the Diaspora, but to what extent are we still here for her? Who, in fact, are we?

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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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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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