These Are the Black Folks Skipping Out on the RNC This Year

The Republican National Convention may be noteworthy this year for one glaring reason: Who isn’t coming. In the case of African-American Republicans, the list is long. They are joined by a list of former GOP nominees for president who will not attend, which includes past GOP nominees for president Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Mitt Romney. While the number of African Americans in attendance at the GOP convention was already low, the 2016 convention may have the lowest in terms of big names.

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My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

My Student the Police Killed — Anthony Nuñez

Last year, when De-Bug Art Director Adrian Avila was teaching art classes at an alternative school in San Jose, he met a young man that would help him carry supplies, crack jokes, and loved to rap. Then last week he saw pictures of his smiling student in his news feeds — as a victim of a fatal police shooting. Here, Avila reflects on Anthony Nuñez as the student he got to meet doing art.

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7 Essential ‘Personal Marketing’ Mistakes That Can Crush Career Advancement

7 Essential ‘Personal Marketing’ Mistakes That Can Crush Career Advancement

Everyone in the workforce, irrespective of stature or level therein, must be mindful of one critical truth: your brand goes wherever you go…because your “brand” is you! ” Those seeking to move forward in their career would do well to embrace the “You, Inc.” concept—the philosophy that YOU are the CEO, the administrative and financial manager, the research and development manager, the marketing manager, and the sales manager of your own career—whether you are entry-level or a seasoned executive.

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Employment-Based Fourth Preference (EB-4) Visa Limits Reached for Special Immigrants from India

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for August 2016 reflects a final action date of January 1, 2010*, for EB-4 visas for special immigrants from India. This means that starting on August 1, 2016, applicants from India who filed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant on or after January 1, 2010, will not be able to obtain an immigrant visa or adjust status until new visas become available.

India has reached its EB-4 visa limit as congressionally mandated for fiscal year 2016, which ends September 30. Information on EB-4 visa availability for fiscal year 2017 will appear in the Department of State’s October Visa Bulletin, which will be published this September.

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1st Annual Latin Salsa Festival, Janeen Puente Granddaughter of Music Icon Heats up Pershing Square

1st Annual Latin Salsa Festival, Janeen Puente Granddaughter of Music Icon Heats up Pershing Square

The inaugural Latin Salsa Festival took over Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, 2016. Pershing Square was the perfect venue, with its abundance of trees, framed by the vibrant, Downtown Los Angeles skyline, on a picture perfect day.

Salseros and foodies were invited to spice up their life and appetite during this exciting, engaging, fun, cultural event. The festival featured tons of delicious salsas to sample in the Salsa Tasting Tent, complimented by local food vendors offering up an array of mouthwatering treats.

The kids were thoroughly engaged in the interactive Kids Zone, with jumpers, face painting etc. The Beer and Margarita Bar was a welcome addition to the festival that made for a perfect outing to spend a summer afternoon in beautiful Southern California.

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U.S. Citizenship -- The Gift My Parents Gave Me

U.S. Citizenship — The Gift My Parents Gave Me

I could list off the ways I’ve been lucky in life, but it all stems from my parents’ decision to leave home and become American citizens.

The Vietnam War had ended in 1975, but five years later, the conflict was still fresh in people’s minds. The government was actively suppressing any suspected dissent. People were scrambling, trying to figure out how they were going to survive in this new oppressive and corrupt system. Some people, like my mom, figured out that they couldn’t.

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Muslim Woman in Hijab Becomes Officer at Wayne County Jail

Muslim Woman in Hijab Becomes Officer at Wayne County Jail

DETROIT – A Muslim woman in hijab is now a full time Deputy Police Officer at the Wayne County Jail Systems, a first for the Sheriff’s office.

Warren resident Marzana Ali, 27, was among 12 officers who graduated last week from the Wayne County Sheriff’s jail academy.

On Monday, June 6, she began her first day as a deputy officer at the jail. It was also the first day of Ramadan.

“I am fasting on the job,” Ali said. “And I was welcomed with open arms. Everybody there was very friendly to me and I felt very safe. My first day was incredible. I was able to learn a lot.”

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2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

2016 BET Experience Fan Fest-The Future of Rap and Neo-Soul

BET Networks has returned to the area to take over the city, musically. People noticed signage around town in the form of banners, billboards on buses, bus benches, buildings, print, radio and television announcements and the old fashion postcards, flyers from the marketing and promotions street team members.

This is the fourth year for the BET in Los Angeles. It has grown from its humble beginning entertaining 10,000 in the parking lots across from L.A. LIVE. The crowd has swelled to ten times the original attendance.

The 2016 BET Experience commandeered the entire property of L.A. LIVE including the Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Microsoft Square and NOVO.

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