Thank you, Angelina. Because the first thing I thought, after hearing the news story about her elective double-mastectomy, was “if she can do it, I can do it.” When I found out, back in November of 2011, that I have the BRCA-1 mutation, the decision to opt for a preventative double mastectomy, followed by an oopharectomy, was pretty much a “no-brainer.”...more
The FBI recently added the first woman, 65-year old Assata Shakur, to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. The addition of Shakur to this infamous list isn’t shocking simply because she is female or black, but because of the timing -- 40 years after her involvement in a police shoot-out....more
I lived in the United States illegally for eight years. Apparently the politically correct term is undocumented. I didn't care what it was called: That was me, always feeling like the bottom of the food chain. No opportunities, no hopes. I worked hard every day to pay for my bills and to attend college, while there was no prospect of a green card yet.
Suppose you couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom because she is in a different country, and she cannot come to the United States to be with you, and you risk losing everything you have in the country by travelling to be with her? That’s the predicament of journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas, and why he has spent the last two years working on an film, “Documented”, which explores immigration in the United States through his own life story....more
This has been the most exciting week in a long time in the world of missing persons. Not only did a long time missing loved one come home, but three came home. Alive. It's unbelievable. Astounding. Miraculous. ...more
May is Asian-Pacific American History Month, and as the month opens up, one of the topics people are talking about is how a UC Irvine Asian American fraternity could think it was okay to make a YouTube video of themselves -- with one of the members in blackface. Granted, they could use a lesson in African-American history, but Tina over at 8Asians thinks the lack of Asian American history is partly to blame. How?...more