Friday, August 15, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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.
Friday, July 18, 2014
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.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the USA. A critical and commercial success, the lyrics of songs on the album expressed signs of hope in the daily fight of ordinary people pursuing the American Dream. The title track adresses the negative effects of the Vietnam War on Americans, but often is misunderstood to be a patriotic or nationalistic anthem.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
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."
Sunday, February 23, 2014
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.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Right wing rocker Ted Nugent, with his choice words for President Obama's ancestral background, has caused a stir in Texas as he campaigns for Republican candidate for Governor Greg Abbott. One can only hope that Democratic candidate Wendy Davis will benefit.
Makes you wonder who is in a Stranglehold now.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
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
Thursday, January 23, 2014
CNN reports that teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has been arrested for a suspected DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach. As previously reported on ImmigrationProf, this foreign-born noncitizen is risking deportation from the United States for his criminal activities. In setting records for annual removals, the Obama administration has aggressively targeted "criminal aliens" for deportation, going so far as to threaten with removal an undocumented woman known as "the tamale lady" who was arrested for selling tamales outside a Walmart store in Sacramento.
UPDATE (1/24): See this MoveOn.Org petition to "Treat All Immigrants Like Justin Bieber!"
UPDATE (1/26): Ruben Navarette has an interesting take on the possible deportation of Justin Bieber.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
RADIO HERMANDAD FEATURES FOUR INDIVIDUALS WITH IMMIGRANT STORIES - BOLIVIA, EL SALVADOR, MEXICO AND CUBA
Listen to the four immigrant stories on Radio Hermanadad.
Radio Hermandad dialogues on the following:
Dixon Slingerland for the Youth Policy Institute
Ana Cubas for the Latina Leadership Academy in Los Angeles
Cesar Vargas for the DRM Dream Action Coalition
Music by Franky Perez & the Truth + an interview.
Radio Hermandad is produced to drive the social uplift of immigrant youth and families. Nativo Lopez © provides the historical and political context while Sergio Muñoz deals in a younger generation through new mediums at Intelatin. Together, they form a voice with a perspective on the past, present and the future of our community as we struggle and as we succeed. Produced by Sergio C. Muñoz at Intelatin / Radio Hermandad
Radio Hermandad is podcast on iTunes and posted at@RadioHermandad, and www.hermandadmexicana.org and other social networking mediums.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Singer heartthrob Justin Bieber has been making the news lately for possible criminal mischief, specifically the egging of his neighbor's house in southern California. In light of the damage done to the neighbor's house. the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a possible felony charge.
An immigrant from Canada (and previous ImmigrationProf Immigrant of the Day), Bieber may face possible removal from the United States if he is convicted of a felony. The media has begun to pick up on this possibility. Click here and here for details.
Technically, Bieber is in the United States on a nonimmigrant (temporary) visa known as an O-1 visa, which is issued to noncitizens with "extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics."