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New York Indian Film Festival 2012 Premieres

Aseem Chhabra, director of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) with Aroon Shivdasani, founder/director of the Indo-American Arts Council. Photo courtesy of Archana Desai. New York, N.Y.  The 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) played over Memorial Day Weekend at the Tribeca Cinemas and NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the […]

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UNPUBLISHED: Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

New York, N.Y.  Habitat for Humanity International had been very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby.  Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown’s construction supervisor.   At his funeral in 2007, a professional looking woman approached me saying, “I believe […]

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Vietnamese-American Pianist Chau Giang Nguyen Plays Carnegie Hall, Helps Children

New York, N.Y.  I recently had lunch in the beautiful home of my friend, the glamorous and generous Vietnamese-American pianist Chau Giang Thi Nguyen.  She is interested in building a program in Vietnam to teach impoverished and orphaned children classical music as a way of giving them culture, discipline and a path out of poverty.   “What inspires and […]

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Vietnamese-American Pianist Chau Giang Nguyen Plays Carnegie Hall, Helps Children

New York, N.Y.  I recently had lunch in the beautiful home of my friend, the glamorous and generous Vietnamese-American pianist Chau Giang Thi Nguyen.  She is interested in building a program in Vietnam to teach impoverished and orphaned children classical music as a way of giving them culture, discipline and a path out of poverty.   “What inspires and […]

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World Youth Initiative: Tomorrow’s Leaders, Solving Today’s Issues

New York, N.Y.  Last fall, teen philanthropist Isaac J. Kassin was awarded our James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation’s coveted Luce Leader 2012 Award for his work in philanthropy, including his signature fund within our foundation. Accepting the award at a gala at the law firm of Skadden Arps, 17-year old Isaac made an impassioned speech with […]

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Soledad O’Brien Opens Violence Symposium

By Soledad O’Brien. New York, N.Y. It all started with a deep desire… to alleviate stress and promote peace in the lives of people everywhere… by giving them the gift of meditation…  For years, David Lynch had heard of students going to school carrying guns; heard of the tens of millions of children taking drugs for […]

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Mind-Body Fitness to Empowerment

By Pamela M. Peeke, M.D., M.P.H. New York, N.Y. Stress can be your friend or your foe.  When stress fuels the spark of personal achievement, it can work to your benefit by making you more perceptive and productive, acting as a motivator and even making you more creative. But when stress flames out of control – […]

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World News Digest: April 17

New York, N.Y. U.N. Food Agency Working Urgently to Aid Communities in Mali as dry season approaches  The U.N. World Food Program warned today that continuing conflict and the impending dry season threaten to aggravate hunger in Mali. It is working closely with partner organizations to help families, particularly in the country’s Northern region. “I […]

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Dancing Desire: Rovaco Dance Company Presents KAMA (Review)

Largest Festival of Colors in Jersey City & Hoboken This Weekend

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