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From India to the U.S., Shreeja Sharma’s Path to Desi 1107AM

New America Media - 7 hours 25 min ago
If someone had told her during her college years that she would end up as one of the most recognizable voices in the Bay Area’s Indian radio scene, Shreeja Sharma would have shaken her head and waved the thought away.“I... Lauren Seward http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Civil Rights Complaints Filed Against Three New Orleans Schools

New America Media - 7 hours 35 min ago
 At Carver Collegiate, the family handbook describes in great detail precisely how students should walk, talk, dress, sit, raise their hand, and move their eyes.Volume levels at lunch are hushed (level 2), and silent in the hallways (level 0).Demerits are... Kari Harden http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Houston Coalition Aims to Naturalize More Immigrants

New America Media - 7 hours 45 min ago
HOUSTON – When Thanh Bui took her citizenship test, she was overcome with anxiety. The 78-year-old Vietnamese refugee was so nervous that she wasn’t able to answer the questions. After failing twice, she started to wonder if she should give... Elena Shore http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Pollster Says Voter Registration Mailings by Covered CA Will Boost Democratic Base

New America Media - 7 hours 45 min ago
The Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said this week he believes that by mailing voter signup cards to about 1.1 million households that applied for health insurance through California’s health insurance exchange, with another 1.5 million more going out over... Viji Sundaram http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Landlords ‘Gouge’ Nonprofits Into Moving Away From Seniors They Serve

New America Media - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:20
 An Interview with Geoff Link of Central City ExtraSAN FRANCISCO -- In the rapidly changing mid-Market area of San Francisco, the influx of new tech companies into a historically low-income neighborhood is causing some conflict, especially around commercial real estate.... Ben Trefny http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Local Muslims, Scholars Weigh In On Shaking Hands with the Opposite Sex

New America Media - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:10
 DEARBORN—Many Muslim women who wear the hijab will tell you they have experienced that awkward moment. A man will reach out his hand to greet her in a professional setting, and she will have to make an impulsive decision on... Staff http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Welcome to America, Enter at Your Own Risk

New America Media - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00
On Monday, seven runners from Boston University ran the Boston Marathon in honor of Lu Lingzi, the 23-year-old student who died a year earlier from the terrorist bombings that killed three people and injured 264 others. From all accounts, Lu... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Minister Farrakhan Says He Is Ill

New America Media - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 00:20
 Minister Louis Farrakhan, who spoke at a reparations conference over the weekend at Chicago State University, told the audience that he is ill."My family did not want me to come here today," said Minister Farrakhan, the National Representative of the... NorthStar News http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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California Adds 8 Languages, including Tagalog, to Online Voter Registration System

New America Media - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 22:02
 SACRAMENTO, California – California’s system of online voter registration – launched in English and Spanish in 2012 – has been expanded to allow voters to register online in eight additional languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.New... Global Nation http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Judge Rips State Dept’s handling of Blackwater Shootings in Iraq

New America Media - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:16
 A U.S. federal judge has rebuked the State Department for delaying the prosecution of U.S. security contractors charged with shooting unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.The guards, formerly employed by the Blackwater private security company that policed U.S. military zones, are... Final Call http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Taking Care of Our Seniors: A List of Organizations Serving AAPI Elderly

Hyphen Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:04

Thank you for your support for our elderly, Hyphen readers! As a follow-up, here's a list of community organizations serving AAPI elderly throughout the U.S. Please add more to the list if you can, and we'll continue to update it!

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LGBT Seniors in California Lack Affordable Housing Options

New America Media - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:55
  Photo: A rainbow painted fence encloses Openhouse’s future affordable housing site for low-income LGBT seniors in San Francisco. (Rick Gerharter/Bay Area Reporter) For links to the entire LGBT elders series see Part 1. SAN FRANCISCO--Midlife and older lesbians, gays,... Matthew S. Bajko http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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What the Latest Keystone XL Delay Really Means

New America Media - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00
By delaying a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until Nebraska devises a legally valid route across the state, the Obama administration may have pushed the question off for months—most likely until after the November mid-term elections. That lets... John H. Cushman Jr. http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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The Legacy of Gabriel García Márquez

New America Media - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 00:45
Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, the inventor of the mythical town he called “Macondo,” has passed away at the age of 87. Journalists loved him for his ability to spontaneously produce catchy one-liners in interviews. The general reading public... Raymond L. Williams http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Keystone XL Decision Delayed Yet Again as State Department Invokes Nebraska Court Ruling

New America Media - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 23:21
 All eyes are on Lincoln, Nebraska as the U.S. Department of State has invoked a recent court ruling there as its latest reason to avoid making a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.As the State Department announced it would... Indian Country http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Fil-Am Elected as Bellflower Mayor

New America Media - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:50
 LOS ANGELES – Another Filipino has been elected to a key city council position for a quaint suburban city in Southern California. 60-year-old Sonny R. Santa Ines, was recently elected by his fellow members in the Bellflower City Council to... Asian Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Obama and Holder to Expand Clemency for Unfair Prison Sentences

New America Media - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:46
 Twenty years ago, Nas took a walk down “Memory Lane” with grief about “judges hangin’ niggas [with] uncorrect bails for direct sales.” It was an observation that young African-Americans were getting handed punishments too extreme for the petty drug crimes... Colorlines http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Books: Alex Tizon unearths "how to be a man" in new book on Asian masculinity

Hyphen Blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:01

Self-perception does not--and cannot--exist in a vacuum. It is only fitting, then, that Big Little Man, Alex Tizon’s comprehensive look at Asian American masculinity, bridges geographical, temporal, cultural and interpersonal boundaries in a seamless narrative about what it means to be not just an Asian American male, but a man in every sense of the word.

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30 Years After 'Purple Rain,' Prince Makes Big Announcement

Colorlines - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 19:08
30 Years After 'Purple Rain,' Prince Makes Big Announcement

In a major move, Prince has regained control of his musical catalogue from Warner Bros after a bitter separation from the label back in 1996. As part of the deal, Prince will re-release his classic "Purple Rain" album in time for its 30th anniversary. The artist also announced plans for a new album, though it's unclear if that new project is also part of the deal.

As Billboard explains, the fight over Prince's catalogue is as important one:

As 2013 loomed, record label executives and artists managers said that they were unsure how copyright terminations and ownership reversions would play out as they expected a precedent-setting court case to decide whether the "work-for-hire" clause in standard recording contracts could successfully be challenged by artists. Works created under work-for-hire contracts are not eligible for copyright reversion. But privately some label executives have also said that in some instances the wiser course might be to negotiate the reversions and retain control of issuing artists' catalog eligible for copyright terminations.

In cutting what appears to be a landmark deal, Prince has chosen to remain with the label that was the subject of his ire back in the 1990's avoiding a risky and costly legal battle and still regains ownership of his catalog.

Financial terms and length of the licensing deal were not disclosed; nor does the announcement make clear on whether the artist is gaining ownership of his catalog all at once; or more likely as each album becomes eligible for copyright termination.

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And, because Prince is Prince and can basically do no wrong, he also dropped a new song:

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Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

Colorlines - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:38
Macklemore Gets His Own Signature Jordan Sneaker

What do Kanye, Drake and Macklemore all have in common? Well, yes, they're all Grammy-winning rappers. But they've also got their own siganture sneakers.

Like Drake, Macklemore teamed up with the Jordan brand to release his own custom-designed shoe.  He made the announcement on Instagram:

"I'm proud to announce the unveiling of my "Northwest King Salmon" Melo's. Courtesy of @jumpman23 and myself. Never dreamed I'd have an opportunity like this. Huge shout out to @pdxreg and the whole fam.#sharkfacegang"

A non-signature pair of the Jordan Melo's costs about $160 at Foot Locker, so these peobably cost about $200.

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