Monday, July 21, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Morley Safer (Canada)

 

Morley Safer began his American career at CBS as a correspondent during the Vietnam War. After making a name for himself for his willingness to report on controversial aspects of the war, he joined the staff of 60 Minutes, helping it become the only nonfiction program to be ranked consistently in Nielsen’s top 10 rated shows. Among other honors, he has won 12 Emmies and three Peabody Awards

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July 21, 2014 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Sara Ramirez (Mexico)

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Sara Ramirez, a film and theater actress, was born in 1975 in Mazatlan, Mexico. Best known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres, on the popular television hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy, she has also appeared in films including You’ve Got Mail and Spiderman. She has won numerous awards for her stage work, including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance in the Broadway show Spamalot.

Ramirez's father was Mexican and her mother was of half Mexican and half Irish-American descent. When Ramirez was eight years old, her mother took her to Tierrasanta, in San Diego, California, where they settled. After completing the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in San Diego, California, Ramirez attended and graduated from the Juilliard School (B.F.A. '97, drama) in New York City, where she refined her skills as an actress. Ramirez speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

KJ

July 12, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Joe Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey Facing Deportation?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Investigation into Jenni Rivera plane crash focuses on age of pilot, plane

Immigrant of the Day: Sofia Vergara (Colombia)

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Born in Colombia, Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is an actress and model.  Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.

 

KJ

December 8, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Melting Pot of Celebrities Makes Immigration Reform Look Fashionable; Fedoras for Fairness

Check out this story and pictures.  What do the actress Julianne Moore, the funnyman John Leguizamo, the supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and the director George C. Wolfe have in common? They’re among the 15 celebrities brought together by We Belong Together, a new national initiative to promote immigration reform. Earlier this year, this melting pot of talent gathered to have their portraits taken by the fashion photographer Albert Watson, who immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1970. The resulting black-and-white photos are the calling card for Fedoras for Fairness, which has previously been highlighted on ImmigrationProf.

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December 1, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Watching Television: Is "Homeland" Anti-Muslim? Is "Breaking Bad" Anti-Mexican?

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The Showtime show Homeland has received many awards on accolades.  It obviously has grabbed the imagination of television critics and viewers.  But is it anti-Muslim?  For the argument that it depicts all Arabs and Muslims as terrorist suspects, read this article by Hillary Crosley at The Root.

This raises the broader question whether cable television shows are more likely than those on the mainstream networks to go to the edges of tasteful racial sensibilities.  AMC's Breaking Bad, which made a  a massive media sensation with its recent series finale, has been challenged as racist and portraying virtually every Latina/o in New Mexico, as well as the Mexican cartels, as unabashedly evil or damaged in some way.

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November 28, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Eva Longoria: Immigration a ‘Broken System’

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Before the inaugeration, Award-winning actress Eva Longoria told “This Week” that immigration reform should be a top priority in President Obama’s second term. “People say, ‘Oh, get in the back of the line,’ [but] people don’t realize there’s a hundred lines to get into,” said Longoria of the immigration process. ”It’s a very broken system.”

 

KJ

November 28, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Immigration on The Good Wife

Immigration law (S and T visas, asylum) factored into the plot of an episode of The Good Wife, a series on CBS.  Watch for yourself and judge its realism.

KJ

 

November 20, 2013 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Homeland: The most Islamophobic show on television?

 

 

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The Season 3 premier of the critically-acclaimed Showtime series Homeland airs tonight.  The show, which depicts the U.S. government's efforts to protect the "homeland" against foreign -- almost exclusively Muslim -- threats to the national security, is popular among television critics but has been criticized as Islamophobic.  In an article for Salon, Laila al-Arian called the show the most Islamophobic show on television, accused it of portraying Muslims under the light of simplistic concepts and as a monolithic, single-minded group whose only purpose is to hurt Americans.

 

September 29, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman joins the President on Saturday Night Live

  

 

It seemed like a good time for a comedic interlude.  So watch this guest appearance from Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul on last night's Saturday Night Live.

By the way, the series finale of the television show Breaking Bad, the story of a milquetoast high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico who turned to the dark side in a big way, is tonight.


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UPDATE (9/30):  Here is the conclusion to the finale (Felina) from YouTube.

 

 

KJ

September 29, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fedoras For Fairness: Stars Wear Hats To Support Immigration Reform

Monday, July 8, 2013

The US/Mexico Border on Television: The Border

 

The Bridge, which premieres on FX on July 10, is a present-day crime thriller exploring the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso PD must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Marco understands the slippery politics of Mexican law enforcement, and while his police force slowly succumbs to the pressures and demands of the cartel, he’s one of the last good men in the department. He’s charming, but also cunning as he will do whatever it takes to get what he needs. This does not sit well with Sonya, who has Asperger’s and strictly follows rules as well as protocol. Her candid and off-putting personality fuels an unforgiving drive for truth. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution.

KJ

July 8, 2013 in Film, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Monty Hall (Canada)

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Born in 1924 in Manitoba, Canada, Monty Hall moved to the United States in 1955. He worked as a host of TV shows and, in 1963, created the popular game show Let's Make a Deal, which spawned a mathematical probability puzzle, the "Monty Hall Problem." After 23 years with the show, Hall retired to focus on fund-raising for various charities.

 

 

KJ

July 3, 2013 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Tommy Chong (Canada)

Born in Canada, Tommy Chong (born May 24, 1938) is an, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show. Chong is a naturalized citizen of the United States. Rae Dawn Chong is also a naturalized U.S. citizen.

 

 

 

June 25, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Immigrant of the Day: Jessalyn Gilsig (Canada)

 

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Born in Canada, Jessalyn Gilsig (born November 30, 1971) is an actress known for her roles in the television series Boston Public, Nip/Tuck and as Will Schuester's wife/ex-wife, Terri Schuester, in Glee. She also appeared in several episodes of NYPD Blue, Prison Break, and had a recurring role on Heroes, as well as several other series.

Gilsig was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She began acting at age 12. She attended high school at Trafalgar School for Girls in Montreal. She later studied at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater, and attended McGill University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

KJ

June 24, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

News Flash: SpongeBob SquarePants is Undocumented!

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Pocho: News and Satire  reports that SpongeBob SquarePants is an undocumented immigrant whose family drifted into Bikini Bottom, Hawaii, from Mexico when he was child, the Nickelodeon star revealed this morning. SquarePants (real name: Bob Esponja) made the announcement at packed press conference called by Animal Actors for Reform and Fairness (AARF), a pro-immigration reform group.The reality TV actor plans to apply for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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June 18, 2013 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MAJOR PBS SERIES “LATINO AMERICANS” TO PREMIERE NATIONALLY DURING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2013

Watch Episode 6: Peril and Promise Trailer on PBS. See more from Latino Americans.

PBS has announced that LATINO AMERICANS, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series narrated by actor Benjamin Bratt, will air nationally on PBS on three consecutive Tuesdays, premiering on September 17, September 24 and October 1. LATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.

A companion book by Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent for PBS NEWSHOUR, will be released to coincide with the series. The television broadcast will also be accompanied by a nationwide public engagement initiative, and bilingual digital engagement and public education campaigns.

ATINO AMERICANS is led by Emmy Award-winning series producer Adriana Bosch and documents the evolution of a new “Latino American” identity from the 1500s to the present day, featuring interviews with close to 100 Latinos from the worlds of politics, business and pop culture — including Herman Badillo, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Estefan and Rita Moreno — as well as deeply personal portraits of lesser-known Latinos who lived through key chapters in American history.

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May 14, 2013 in Current Affairs, Film, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Banda Star Jenni Rivera, Daughter of Mexican Immigrants, RIP

 

  

Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer and reality television star known as “the Diva of Banda,” died early Sunday in a plane crash outside Monterrey, Mexico, after a performance there. She was 43.

Rivera began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni (2008), became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. In 2010, she appeared in and produced the reality TV show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C.

A U.S. citizen by birth, Rivera was born in Long Beach, California. Her parents were immigrants from Mexico.  Fans have been mourning at Rivera's home in Encino.

Rivera was a champion of immigrants rights.   On May 29, 2010, tens of thousands of protesters converged on Phoenix to denounce Arizona's immigration enforcement law known as S.B. 1070.  While other well-known musicians stayed away, or just signed a petition, Rivera showed up and marched five miles in scorching heat.   She went on to play a full concert and gave a speech for immigrant rights and justice for the community she came from and never left.

KJ

December 11, 2012 in Current Affairs, Food and Drink, Music, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Naturalization Ceremony on the Today Show

On Friday, November 16, USCIS welcomed 30 new citizens during a naturalization ceremony televised live on the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas provided the call of countries and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano administered the oath ceremony. 

KJ

November 26, 2012 in Current Affairs, Television | Permalink | TrackBack (0)