Brazilian Presidential Elections Come to Somerville

Brazilian Presidential Elections Come to Somerville

With Brazilian presidential elections swiftly approaching, three Massachusetts-based Brazilian activists sat in the tiny studio of Radio BTTV in Somerville, Mass. to represent the candidates in a debate. The announcer opened by asking all three, “What can the growing population of Brazilian citizens living abroad expect from candidates?”

“Unfortunately, the present government is not remotely interested in helping those who live outside of their nation,” argued Dario Galvão, an activist from Stoughton, Mass, representing Brazil’s Socialist Party candidate, Marina Silva.

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From Mumbai to Massachusetts, a First-Time Filmmaker Engineers Her Own Success

From Mumbai to Massachusetts, a First-Time Filmmaker Engineers Her Own Success

SOMERVILLE, MA. In a tiny, packed room deep in the belly of the Somerville Theatre, an international crowd of tweens and adults focus their eyes on the big screen. On this blustery November evening, viewers are here for the 2nd Annual Boston International Kids Film Festival.

One of the more serious films of the evening is “The Theft.” It is the directorial and writing debut for Gauri Adelkar, a 34-year-old resident of Somerville. In the film, she weaves a complex story of a modern domestic servant—someone of the lowest class and caste in India—who gets wrongfully blamed when household money goes missing.

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The Day Omar fled

The Day Omar fled

In 1977, Omar tried to escape Cuba on a raft made out of branches and foam. He had to hide in the jungle for several days before he took the plunge one night. From above, the Russian air forces saw the escape and caught him. It was his first time in jail.

“If you don’t die of hypothermia, after three seconds gigant tiger sharks eat you. Sharks know that in between Cuba and the U.S. they can find food,” Omar says about those who die in the sea trying to flee.

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Becoming a Minority

How Coming To America Changes Your Status! Becoming a Minority

In the winter of 1986, Gibrán Rivera moved with his siblings and parents to a small town west of Springfield, MA where many of his fellow Puerto Ricans had already laid roots. He didn’t want to leave Puerto Rico. He liked his 12-year-old life, his friends and his school.

“Coming here changed my life and defined everything afterwards,” says Rivera, “because it meant becoming a minority.”

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Growing Awareness of Appropriate Cares Among Nigerian Immigrants

Growing Awareness of Appropriate Cares Among Nigerian Immigrants

n early U.S. history during the 1600s and 1700s, Nigerians came to America as slaves. When slavery was abolished in 1865, this flow stopped.

Since the 1960s, political instability in Nigeria and economic opportunities in the U.S. have prompted many Nigerians, especially those among the educated elites and medical professionals, to seek political asylum, educational opportunities and a better life in America.

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Hemingway’s Kinship with the Spanish Endures in Idaho

Hemingway’s Kinship with the Spanish Endures in Idaho

SUN VALLEY, Idaho. The Ketchum Korral is not picturesque. It’s a group of cheap month-to-month, brown cabins clustered on the outskirts of Sun Valley. Located on Highway 75, uninformed motorists drive past it every day.

The Korall now houses the Anglos, Mexicans and Peruvians when they first arrive in Idaho searching for work. Over 80 percent of its current tenants are of Spanish descent.

Ernest Hemingway lived in these same cabins in 1946, with his wife Mary, as she recuperated from a near fatal tubal pregnancy. It was called the “MacDonald Cabins” back then and Hemingway wrote “Islands in the Stream” in cabin 38.

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Local and international interfaith leaders call for peace in light of Ferguson and New York protest in Carson

Local and international interfaith leaders call for peace in light of Ferguson and New York protest in Carson

Dec. 6, 2014 – Los Angeles, Calif. – In light of the recent Ferguson and New York protests, international non-profit organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted a Peace Summit of the Americas featuring religious and governmental leaders to discuss the solution for peace and social justice.

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“Florida Crackers; Culture Hangs on Despite Changing State”

“Florida Crackers; Culture Hangs on Despite Changing State”

“Contemporary Cracker culture is alive and well,” said anthropologist Dana Ste. Claire, author of “Cracker; The Cracker Culture in Florida History.” The original Florida Crackers were immigrants from the Celtic region – Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and the English uplands. They trickled down to Florida in the 1700’s, bringing Celtic music, later called “bluegrass,” and roving ways. Using long whips, they herded the open-range cattle and horses left behind by the Spanish in the 1500’s. The loud cracking sound the whip made as it popped in the air gave the cattlemen the name “Crackers.”

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