Remebering Miles Davis at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Remembering Miles Davis at Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Los Angeles-Black History Month, African American Heritage Month got under way with festive fanfare on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

The Opening ceremony took place at Los Angeles City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr., and the Los Angeles City Council; Board of Public Works Commissioner Mike Davis; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); Our Authors Study Club; and the 2016 African American Heritage Month Committee ushered in the month to officially commemorate and celebrate the opening of African American Heritage Month in the city of Los Angeles.

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Arab American Rapper Slams Trump in New Song

Arab American Rapper Slams Trump in New Song

PHOENIX — Rapper Mohamad Tokko, AKA “Yung Tokes”, a Dearborn native dropped a song, accompanied by a music video, as a response to business tycoon and presidential candidate Donald Trump’s bigoted comments.

Following Trump’s controversial plan last year to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Muslims and their allies took to social media condemning his remarks.

Yung Tokes’ song, titled “El Donald Trump”, highlights the frustration many Arab and Muslim Americans endure as a result of a dramatic rise in discrimination against them.

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Chinese American Doctor Honored for Studying Seniors in U.S.

Chinese American Doctor Honored for Studying Seniors in U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla.–Filial piety has been part of the Chinese tradition for centuries, but would it have changed after the Chinese immigrated oversea? Are there any differences in practicing and reflecting filial piety? Are there cultural conflicts in American society?

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Chinese immigrants population in the U.S. has increased from nearly 400,000 in 1980 to over 2 million in 2013. Forty percent of them entered the U.S. after 2000.

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Sureshbhai Patel Didn't Get Justice Because He Couldn't Speak English

Sureshbhai Patel Didn’t Get Justice Because He Couldn’t Speak English

Sureshbhai Patel went for a walk in Huntsville, Alabama. He ended up paralysed, beaten up not by muggers or hoodlums but by the city’s own policemen. The story caused an international furore. A 57-year-old grandfather thrown down face first by the police because he spoke no English. Officer Eric Parker was arrested and charged with use of “excessive force”. The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, personally apologized to India and in a letter addressed to the Consul-General in Atlanta hoped that “Mr. Patel will regain full use of his legs” and assured the Indian government as well as Indians living and working in the state that “we will see that justice is done”.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS GIIFF 2016

Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival Call For Submissions

The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (GIIFF) is happy to take audiences and moviegoers on a global journey celebrating culture through art and film. Please be a part of this experience by submitting your films for the 5th Annual Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival.

The GIIFF, currently one of the nation’s most prestigious film festivals celebrating both Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world will be held on May 26-30, 2016 in Venice, California.

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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Sudan

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Sudan’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Sudan that prevent its nationals from safely returning. The extended designation is effective May 3, 2016, through November 2, 2017.

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#OscarsSoWhite, Again: A Symptom of Hollywood’s Racism

Once again, the 2016 Academy Award best acting nominations are all white — a repeat of 2015 despite widespread criticism expressed by the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. But while reading about the Academy Award nominations, my thoughts turned to the tragic image of the late Misty Upham, a Native American actress of the Blackfeet Nation who appeared during the 2015 Oscars telecast in the “In Memoriam” montage while Meryl Streep looked on.

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It's Past Time to Tune Out the 'White Oscars'

It’s Past Time to Tune Out the ‘White Oscars’

Let’s talk about the only thing that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences understands. That’s dollars and cents. African Americans spend far more dollars proportionately on Hollywood films than any other segment of the film-going public. According to a comprehensive BET research study, they make nearly 200 million trips to the movies yearly. That averages out to more than 13 movie trips for African Americans versus barely 11 for the general movie-going audience. They are more likely to make repeat visits to movies that they like. This adds up to more than $500 million in added spending. They go to the movies more often each month. The average is more than two times per month, or nearly 30 movies a year. And, contrary to the popular view, they don’t just go see “black themed” films that are heavy with black stars. In fact, more than 80 percent of the movies African Americans go see do not feature a black cast or storyline.

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The Odyssey - From Vietnam to America: An Interview with Van-Anh Vo

The Odyssey – From Vietnam to America: An Interview with Van-Anh Vo

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ premieres her new musical epic this month in San Francisco, inspired by the experiences of the Vietnamese Boat People. Integrating traditional and new instruments, video, field recordings and interviews with survivors, The Odyssey–From Vietnam to America reflects the resilience of the human spirit and the price of freedom. The work was created in partnership with Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). She spoke with New America Media editor Andrew Lam.

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Letter To My Sikh Son: Be Proud of Your Identity

Letter To My Sikh Son: Be Proud of Your Identity

Dear Son,

I agree with you that it’s a little ironic that we Sikhs are being mistaken for Muslims in the U.S. today, when the very idea behind our distinctive appearance was to distinguish us from Muslims and Hindus. I wish more people knew about the role of the Sikhs in the fight against the Mughal tyranny in 17th century India, and the sacrifices the Sikhs made to protect the common man’s right to practice their religion during Aurangzeb’s misguided attempts to convert the entire Mughal empire to Islam.

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