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This year, the 6th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) will run from September 22 to October 3, 2010 in Montreal: 12 days of sharing, interculturalism and entertainment during which we will be presenting the best and the most amazing new films in the world of Black cinema.Registration is already open for feature-length and short films (fiction, documentary and animation). The registration form, pre-selection conditions, and rules and regulations are available on the Festival’s Website at www.montrealblackfilm.com until the June 20, 2010 deadline.
The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) will hold its annual fundraising Peacock Ball on Saturday (May 22) at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami, proceeds of which will go towards social programmes in Jamaica including healthcare, education and humanitarian and economic development.The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) will be presented with the AFJ’s Humming Bird Award for International Achievement 2010 for exemplary contributions to the island in the areas of philanthropy, education and economic development.As the AFJ aims to raise funds to assist with development needs in Jamaica, the event is expected to offer an evening of dining and entertainment as well as an auction of items including luxurious vacation packages, artwork and fine jewelry.
Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, will be in Miami for the first time when Warren Henry displays the Karma at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, on May 15th, beginning at 10:00 AM at the main valet entrance.The event is part of a 42-city tour celebrating California-based Fisker Automotive’s new North American retail network. A full tour schedule and images are available online in the News section of www.fiskerautomotive.com
The New York Urban League (NYUL) will acknowledge the work of outstanding community leaders whose contributions to society serve to eliminate racial barriers and promote opportunities for the disadvantaged, during the 45thAnnual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City on Monday, May 10, 2010.During the event, Frederick Douglass Medallions will be presented to Scott Mills, President and Chief Operating Officer at BET Networks and the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP for its leadership in helping to develop a sustained private sector effort to increase the number of young black men in the pipeline to higher education and professional endeavors. Susan Patricof Children’s Advocate and a devoted women’s rights crusader will be presented with the inaugural Anne S. Kheel Award, named after one of New York’s most distinguished journalists, a civic icon and founder of the Frederick Douglass Award Dinner.
The Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center denounces Arizona's new anti-immigrant law, echoing the sentiments of immigrant advocacy groups around the country. ÃƒÆ’¢â‚¬Å“This policy is in essence making racial profiling legal, creating the opportunity for harassment of documented and undocumented immigrants,” said Gepsie Metellus, Sant La's Executive Director. “This measure is not only an insult to the legacy of this country, but is a useless waste of valuable tax dollars at a time when we can least afford it."The new law requires immigrants to carry proof of their legal status at all times, and requires local law enforcement to question individuals about their immigration status if there is a "reasonable suspicion" that they are undocumented. The legislation also includes a provision that allows citizens to sue law enforcement if they feel they are not enforcing this immigration law to its full extent. "Sant La," Ms. Metellus added, "calls upon the Obama administration to tackle Immigration Reform now, as the Arizona precedent could unleash a patchwork of equally harsh, discriminatory and racist laws from other states."
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