Hindu Cultural Heart of North Alabama raises cash for India COVID-19 reduction efforts

HARVEST, Ala. – While the pandemic is on its way to get under control here in the United States, it is still devastating populations elsewhere around the world.

Right now India is devastated and a harvest-based organization is doing its part here at home to help those thousands of miles away.

The Hindu Cultural Center in Northern Alabama is holding a fundraising campaign “Pray for India”.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible from community members to donate for the purchase of vaccines and oxygen for COVID-19 patients in India. They have raised $ 3,000 so far, but organizers said they are hoping for more.

“It’s been so bad in the last few weeks that people need a lot of help. In a country with so many people, it was difficult for the government and the communities and we thought we would do something and raise funds to help them, ”said Dr. Subir Paul.

Dr. Paul is a nephrologist who sits on the HCCNA Board of Trustees.

For members of the HCCNA community, the devastation is personal as many have family members or friends who are sick or have died from COVID-19 complications, including Dr. Paul.

The organizers have not set a deadline for the fundraiser but will continue to raise funds as long as there is an interest in helping.

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Council discusses including cultural, leisure districts

Midland City Council spoke favorably in a meeting last week about designating areas in downtown Midland as cultural or entertainment districts.

Establishing these districts would help the city revitalize parts of downtown, stimulate economic development and attract tourists, said Chuck Harrington, director of development services, last Tuesday. Cultural districts are areas with a high number of cultural or artistic facilities, while entertainment districts are areas where entertainment is the main attraction.

A cultural district would be more difficult to create as an application would need to be filed with the state and approved by the state, Harrington said. However, an entertainment district only needs an amendment to the zoning ordinance by the council, he said.

The benefits of an entertainment district include better venue signage such as neon signs, the ability for bars and other venues to play louder music than outside of the suburb, and the ability to transport alcoholic beverages on the street when leaving a venue councilors said to the next.

The city would also have the option to create a public improvement district within the entertainment district to fund revitalization and other projects like improving alleyways, Harrington said. A public improvement district would levy a tax on property owners within the area for improvements and maintenance.

According to Harrington, a public improvement district would require approval from 50 percent of property owners. An entertainment district could be created without establishing the public improvement district and property tax.

According to Harrington, city officials felt that the boundaries for the Downtown Midland Management District, which extends from Front Avenue to Kansas Street, could be applied to an entertainment district, although the area may be too large. Staff also suggested that a district could be created around Centennial Park, with boundaries two or three blocks from the park in each direction.

If either district was created, the city would also set up separate agencies to oversee each district. Any groups wishing to hold events or festivals in the area would then contact the appropriate agency instead of seeking city council approval, Harrington said.

Mayor Patrick Payton and Councilor Lori Blong said they would like to build an entertainment district soon and possibly apply for the cultural district designation later. Councilor John Norman said a cultural district could also be an opportunity to highlight Midland’s Hispanic communities.

“The city is now almost 60 percent Spanish,” he said. “I think that should be more of a big deal … bring in that culture.”

Plans to create an entertainment district were originally considered decades ago, but delayed until a downtown park and convention center were completed, councilors said.

New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund to roll out grants for leisure venues on Monday

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Entertainment venues in the ‘Big Easy’ can apply for financial relief starting Monday 17th May.

The New Orleans Tourism and Culture Fund announced the start of a scholarship program that will provide $ 600,000 to fund musicians and artists struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The grants will be distributed to individuals and venues by June 30th or until funds are exhausted.


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Africana Model’ now on show at Seacoast African American Cultural Middle

The African American cultural center on the coast has planned a colorful season full of thought-provoking programs and two fascinating exhibits, and it starts with a real sucker.

“Fashion Forward: Africana Style: Connection of African fashion through time and place” is published SAACCIt’s season with all wearable things, in picture and artifact.

The exhibition occupies all three floors of the center, with each level highlighting a different theme, said SAACC President Sandi Clark Kaddy. And she adds, it’s unlikely to be what people expect.

“When people look at African fashion, they often think of dashiki, a piece of clothing worn in West Africa that covers the upper half of the body,” she says. “It’s different. And it’s really fabulous.”

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On the ground floor is the centerpiece of the exhibition, “Sapeurs: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo”, with photographs by the award-winning London photographer Tariq Zaidi.

Zaidi’s pictures documented the Sapeurs, a fashion subculture in an impoverished community in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The sapeurs, also known as members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the society of taste makers and elegant people), are made up of workers who turn into fashion dandies of an earlier age at night.

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After a day at work, these stylists go home, change and then wander through the streets in creative, elegant and often colorful clothes, a mixture of newly purchased, used or self-designed and made from fabric or offshoots.

“‘Sapeurs’ is the jewel of the show,” says Clark Kaddy. “The photography is amazing … the outfits are so creative, just wonderful.”

Clark Kaddy was referred to Zaidi’s work by a board member familiar with his job. She tracked down the artist in a museum where his work was exhibited.

“It worked out just fine,” she says. “It’s just one of those times when you thank God for the internet.”

Zaidi’s oeuvre contains numerous series. But it was his sapeurs who “blew me away,” she says. “I looked at his pictures and said, ‘Oh, we have to tell this story.'”

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The images of the photos go beyond images of fashion costumes. You speak of the earlier French colonialism, an era from which the “elegant people” originated strongly and which it made its own. More importantly, they deal with the humanity of the fashionistas.

“Tariq focuses on issues of inequality, tradition and vulnerable communities around the world,” she says. “(Sapeurs) use fashion to brave their circumstances … If you look at the photos of these brilliant outfits, you can see that the environment is one of poverty.”

“He captures the dignity of these people in his pictures, the strength and soul of the people around them. That is his passion.”

Images from the show arrived electronically and were donated by Green Acre, a Baháʼí school center for learning, Eliot, Maine.

“You have to know the story behind these pictures. These people work like us. They could be cops, housewives, school kids, and they run home and put on their outfits. … They walk the streets like celebrities and they become.” treated like celebrities. “

Favorites from the collection show the child Sapeurs.

“Remember, they use fashion to brave their circumstances,” she says. “So, the ones that really resonate with me are the ones with the kids wearing their outfits; they’re so proud.”

“Contemporary African Fashion” (CAF) is installed on the upper floor. As the title suggests, this is the fashion of the day with some “incredible quilts”.

“Everything here is authentic and actually used,” she says. “Every piece tells a story.”

Some mark cultural traditions, such as funeral attire, says Clark Kaddy.

Ghanaians traditionally print pictures of the deceased on fabric and then make clothes that are worn in honor of loved ones.

“The items are made for the family, a skirt, a top, a shirt, an armband, a handbag, whatever you want,” she says. “The pieces we have are from private collections … and belong to Dzifa Patterson and Akua Zika Daisy Houdegbe, both Seacoast folks.”

“CAF” includes homemade objects and pieces by African designers, including clothing by Monica Ami Gligah from West Africa, residing in the USA, and quilts by Kathleen Otoo from Ghana, also in the USA, made with scraps of fabric.

The Gustin Collection is located in the basement. These items are part of the SAACC collection, brought together by Harold and Mabel Gustin and donated by Andrew Slusarski of Maine.

“It’s vintage African fashion from Liberia with influences from Islam and African American expats,” she says. “There is fashion, jewelry and accessories … purses, alligator skin shoes … fans (and) we were also lucky enough to receive a quilt made of sheep, otter and leopard skin, which we will exhibit.”

SAACC’s second exhibition is “We the People: The Fight for Justice, People of Color in White Suburbs,” curated by Joanne Kelly (from Portsmouth’s Cup of Joe).

Kelly, who organized Portsmouth’s Black Lives Matter Rally, suggested the idea, Clark Kaddy said. “She showed me some amazing photos,” she says. “So I told her to run with it!”

“We the People” presents around 50 pieces, including photos, art and videos, which are exhibited and staged on the three floors.

“There are photos that were taken last year and show the Justice and Unity Movement from across New Hampshire,” says Clark Kaddy. “They are from ordinary people, with some professionals, people who might have been to a rally and took an incredible picture of unity, in the union’s whitest state.”

SAACC also has numerous programs in the works for 2021. Some issues and dates have been confirmed, others are pending.

“It all depends on COVID how open things can be,” says Clark Kaddy. “COVID determines certain data.”

The “Color Filled Conversations” series is returning after starting in 2020.

“Our goal is to do four to six a year,” she said. “They can only be live-streams, although it is possible to make arrangements to host both in-person and live-streamed events. But virtually or physically we will have them.”

One thing is certain: “Black Lady Poetry”, a two-day event with presentation and workshop (May 28 and 31).

Others on the series are: “Black Dancers”; “Mitreden”, a look at the Delany sisters, who lived for over 100 years; “Black Leadership In Higher Education” and two other TBA topics.

It’s been a great year made possible by the work of many, including Vernis Jackson, Kelvin Edwards, the board of directors and volunteers, “and all the newbies,” says Clark Kaddy. “It takes a village.”

“I feel great this year. I feel inspired by the things we plan, the things we do, the message we send,” says Clark Kaddy. “I am very positive about the direction we are going and I am proud of the organization. I am very proud to be involved.”

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What: “Fashion Forward: Africana Style: Connection of African fashion through time and place”

When: Until September 1st

Where: Seacoast African American Cultural Center, at the Discovery Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth

What’s next: “We the People” exhibition from September 1st to December 23rd

More information: Visit the center’s Facebook page and visit its website www.saacc-nh.org or call (603) 430-6027

Cultural teams in New Hampshire elevate cash for India COVID-19 aid

Americans live here in NASHUA, many of them banding together to send relief to India. DURING A COVID 19 WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING, the Senior Counselor for COVID RESPONSE addressed the surge in cases in India. India sees 350,000 cases a day and more than two thousand deaths. The CDC will set up a strike team. (BUT TO) NEW HAMPSHIRE INDIAN ASSOCIATION INCREASES MONEY TO BUY OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS. (BUT TO) A government official from NASHUA reached out to a group of forty doctors with ties to India who are also raising money for hospital stays. AN OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR COSTS MORE THAN $ 500. (BUT TO) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO HELP THE CLUB’S MISSION, HEAD TO WMUR

New Hampshire cultural groups raise funds for COVID-19 relief in India

COVID-19 cases in India are on the rise

Updated: 10:28 p.m. EDT April 27, 2021

COVID-19 cases in India have recently increased faster than anywhere else in the world. Now, New Hampshire cultural groups are doing what they can to help. There are around 350,000 cases of COVID-19 and thousands of deaths in India every day. There is a shortage of hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen machines. The India Association of New Hampshire and a local state representative from Nashua have raised awareness about raising money to buy oxygen concentrators for surge hospitals. Approximately 50% of the Indian-American population in New Hampshire lives in Nashua. An oxygen concentrator costs more than $ 500. “In a month it went from 10,000 to 350,000 cases. These are official numbers and in another month there could be 500,000 to 800,000 cases and twice as many deaths as we are now, ”said Tej Dhakar, secretary of India Association of New Hampshire. During a COVID-19 briefing at the White House, Andy Slavitt, Senior Advisor for the COVID-19 Response, addressed the surge in cases the manufacture of vaccines in India will be needed, “Slavitt said.” It’s a global pandemic. So if we don’t care, we are family, it will come. Back here there will be another increase, ”said Rep. Latha Mangipudi. Donations to the India Association Mission can be made on their website. Groups providing aid in India include the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, which receives donations for medical oxygen and provides telemedicine services. So is Sewa International, which, in collaboration with its counterpart Sewa Bharat in India, has raised $ 6 million to put together basic parcels and deliver them to your home.

COVID-19 cases in India have recently increased faster than anywhere else in the world. Now, New Hampshire cultural groups are doing what they can to help.

There are around 350,000 cases of COVID-19 and thousands of deaths in India every day. There is a shortage of hospital beds, ventilators, and oxygen machines.

The India Association of New Hampshire and a local state representative from Nashua have raised awareness about raising money to buy oxygen concentrators for surge hospitals. Approximately 50% of the Indian-American population in New Hampshire lives in Nashua. An oxygen concentrator costs more than $ 500.

“It has skyrocketed, from 10,000 to 350,000 cases in a month, those are official figures, and they say in another month it could be 500,000 to 800,000 cases and twice as many deaths as it is now,” said Tej Dhakar. the Secretary of the India Association of New Hampshire.

During a White House briefing on COVID-19, Senior Advisor on COVID-19 Response Andy Slavitt addressed the surge in cases.

“We are working to provide resources and consumables, including therapeutics, rapid test kits, PPE and raw materials needed to manufacture vaccines in India,” said Slavitt.

“It’s a global pandemic. So if we don’t care, we are family, it will come back here, another surge will happen here,” said Rep. Latha Mangipudi.

Donations to the India Association Mission can be made at your website.

The groups that provide aid in India include the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, which accepts donations for medical oxygen and provides telemedical services. As well as Sewa Internationalwho worked with their counterpart Sewa Bharat in India to raise $ 6 million to assemble basic supplies and deliver them to your home.

Advertising society panel options Uber’s Head of Leisure and Cultural Advertising | LIFE+ARTS

LMU’s Marketing Society hosted a panel on Wednesday April 14th with Benjamin Trinh – Uber’s global director of entertainment and cultural marketing. This panel is part of the Marketing Society’s guest speaker series and was moderated by the Society’s Co-President Natalie Robles.

The event began with Robles asking Trinh to speak about his career and provide background information about himself. Speaking of his career, he said, “The goal of my team at Uber is to drive the brand towards culture.” Trinh then spoke about his personal life, mentioning that he was from Oakland, California and graduated from UC Davis. He then lived in several cities before finally settling in LA

Trinh decided to call LA his home because “Los Angeles makes a lot of sense to me because my career has been at the intersection of entertainment and technology and LA is the entertainment capital of the world.” Afterward, Robles stated that attendees could ask questions by unmuting or dropping their questions into the zoom chat box.

Most of the attendees asked questions about Trinh’s profession, college activities, advice for college students, and digital marketing. Among the details he revealed included that Uber has a big campaign ahead of them to put themselves at the forefront of the next Olympics, and that Postmates is currently working with a well-known celebrity to create a limited edition Shake Shack burger to create.

When asked why such panels would benefit business students, Francesca Diolanto, major in entrepreneurship, replied, “It would benefit students because they could link the knowledge they receive in school to a real-life example. This event is also beneficial because it helps students better understand the type of business field they are trying to enter. In this case, it is the grocery delivery business. “

Marina Deguchi, a freshman in business administration, replied, “I’ve been to many Marketing Society events and can keep in touch with the panelist afterwards. They will say, ‘Here is my username; You can contact me on LinkedIn. “” She continues, “I think this is very beneficial for networking, which helps business students in many ways.”

Overall, Diolanto and Deguchi emphasized the importance of networking and learning about certain business areas in their answers. They say the panel was very engaging and personal because of its informal and open nature. The ethos of the event was similar to that of a division at a daytime show. The students found it very informative for students looking to pursue careers in digital marketing.

Bruno Mars defends himself in opposition to cultural appropriation accusations | Leisure

Bruno Mars responded to allegations that he appropriated black culture through his musical work.

In an interview with The breakfast club On Friday, the Grammy-winning artist said, “You can’t find an interview in which I didn’t talk about the entertainers who came before me. The only reason I’m here is James Brown, Prince, Michael.”

“This music comes from love and if you can’t hear that I don’t know what to tell you,” he added.

Mars, who was born to a Filipino mother and a half Puerto Rican, half Ashkenazi Jewish father, went on to explain that musicians learn from artists who came before them and are happy to use those artists as inspiration for athletes who love the NBA legend Michael use Jordan as a blueprint for their athletic career.

In the past, celebrities have spoken out in favor of it Mars and its music, but these culture-appropriation accusations have followed Mars for years.

In 2018, writer and activist Seren Sensei said in a video clip that Mars “is playing its racial ambiguity to cross genres”.

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“What Bruno Mars is doing is taking pre-existing work and completely recreating and extrapolating it word for word,” said Sensei. “He doesn’t make it, he doesn’t improve it, he doesn’t do it better.”

The moderator of the interview, Charlamagne, the God, urged Mars to see if this criticism would ever reach him.

“It comes with the gig,” said Mars. “It really is to credit what people say about black entertainers who don’t get their flowers.”

Mars announced that he wears his heart on his sleeve and hopes that other artists will be as inspired by his work as he is by others.

“I hope that later on there will be a band on the street that will take what we did, turn it around and freak out and put its own spin on it – because if they don’t, what was that?” Point where do we do this? “

CNN’s Deena Zaru contributed to this report.