Saturday, September 20, 2014

How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy


After calls to deport Justin Bieber, Professor Lenni Benson discusses the leniency often afforded to foreign celebrities and how that can create a problematic double standard within immigration policy.

September 20, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film & Television, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Michel Kouakou From Cote d’Ivoire | Dancer




Michel Kouakou From Cote d’Ivoire | Dancer

After studying dance in Africa and Europe, and teaching at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, Michel Kouakou formed his own dance company, Daara Dance. With this group he performs internationally, while also continuing to teach in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. He has stated that he strives to build an “artistic bridge” through dance between Cote d’Ivoire and his adopted country. In 2012, he was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Dance.

September 5, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Justin Bieber charged with assault after ATV crash in Canada

Friday, August 15, 2014

Willie Nelson on Texas Border Children: 'We've Got to Help Those Kids'

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Regina Spektor (Russia)


Regina Spektor is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village.

Spektor was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, in 1980 to a musical family. Growing up in Moscow, Regina learned to play the piano. She grew up listening to classical music and famous Russian bards like Vladimir Vysotsky and Bulat Okudzhava. She was also exposed to rock-and-roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues. The family left the Soviet Union in 1989, when Regina was nine. Regina had to leave her piano behind.



August 12, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg From Italy | Violinist


Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg From Italy | Violinist

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is known worldwide for her unorthodox style and stage presence. Her professional career began in 1981, when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition, and she has received many awards and honors since, including the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999. The documentary Speaking in Strings, which focused intensely on Salerno-Sonnenberg’s life, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000. In addition to her work on stage and in the recording studio, Salerno-Sonnenberg has won praise for her role as music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, in San Francisco. 




August 6, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Immmigrant of the Day: Peter Frampton (England)



 A member of various bands since his teenage years, rock star Peter Frampton was a session musician and had an overlooked solo career before hitting it big with the release of his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!, which eventually sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Recently staging a major comeback, he won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental for his 2006 album Fingerprints, considered by some to be his best studio album.

Frampton has lived in London and the USA, including Westchester County, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. He moved to Indian Hill, an eastern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2000. ] Frampton cites the events of September 11 as hisreason for becoming a U.S. citizen. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


July 27, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Sheena Easton (Scotland)


Sheena Easton began her singing career when she worked for a band in the evenings while studying to be a speech and drama teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance. It was after graduating that she won a BBC-sponsored singing competition. This led to her being featured in the BBC documentary series The Big Time, in 1980, which followed her quest to become a pop star. Her first U.S. single, “Morning Train,” topped the charts in 1981 and her eponymous debut album went gold. Shortly after, she performed the theme song to the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only and won the 1981 Grammy award for Best New Artist. In 1984, she reinvented her image and gained renewed popularity with two risque and controversial singles, “Strut” and “Sugar Wells,” the latter of which was written and produced by Prince. Later in her career, she began to focus on acting, appearing in the television series Miami Vice and the Broadway play Man of LaMancha.



July 18, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RIP Johnny Winter

Not in my backyard: Communities protest surge of immigrant kids

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)


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July 4, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Born in the U.S.A. Turns 30 Today!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Justin Bieber Questioned on Return to US

USA Today reported earlier this week that, according to various news reports, Justin Bieber was released after being questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers for nearly four hours in Los Angeles.  He was returning from a trip to Asia.

Bieber has had some legal challenges:  "He's scheduled to go on trial in Miami in July on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest. A misdemeanor assault case in Toronto is awaiting trial, and in Los Angeles, prosecutors are considering whether to bring a felony vandalism case against him over eggs thrown at a neighbor's house."


April 27, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maria von Trapp, Last of Sound of Music Children, Dies at 99


 CNN reports that  Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical "The Sound of Music," died last week at her Vermont home of natural causes. The native of Austria was 99. 

The von Trapp family fled Austria after the German annexation and came to the United States in 1938 and settled in Vermont in 1942

Maria became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1948 and lived at her family's lodge in Stowe, Vermont.  She was the last survivor of the seven original von Trapp children.


February 23, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film & Television, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ted Nugent: Obama a "Subhuman Mongrel," Campaigns for Republican Candidate in Texas

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Goodbye, Uncle Sam! Increasing Number of Americans Renounce Citizenship


CNN Money reports that 3,000 U.S. citizens renounced their citizenship in 2013. The numbers are triple the average for the previous five years, according to a CNNMoney analysis of government data. Some of the rush is coming from expatiates who are tired of dealing with complicated tax filings. 

Tina Turner was one of the Americans who renounced their citizenmship in 2013.




February 18, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Change is Gonna Come



NPR has a facsinating story about how and why Sam Cooke wrote this song, and the risks that he took in standing up for civil rights.  Cooke recorded A Change is Gonna Come 50 years ago this week.




February 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Deport Justin Bieber? The Movement Continues

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rest in Peace Pete Seeger

Monday, January 27, 2014

Grammy Dedicated to the 11 Million Undocumented Immigrants




It was a memorable night for the Mexican-American singer known as La Marisoul and her Los Angeles-based band members.  They earned the first Grammy of their careers. La Santa Cecilia, named after the patron saint of musicians, Saint Cecilia, won the award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for the bilingual band’s album Treinta Dias.

“Thank you to our beautiful City of Angels,” said Marisoul. “We are proud to be from immigrant parents and dedicate the Grammy to the 11 million undocumented workers in America.”

For news on how oher Latinos fared on the Grammys, click here



January 27, 2014 in Current Affairs, Music | Permalink | Comments (0)