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New America Now: African Inaugural Ball and a Biodiesel Car Trip

New America Media, Audio, New America Now Radio Posted: Jan 16, 2009


New America Now:

  • Stories from the Ethnic Media

  • This week: Richard Muhammad, contributing editor of Chicago weekly paper Final Call says most local African Americans believe Burris is not tainted by the Blagojevich controversy; and Lisa Tsering, entertainment editor for weekly paper India West, explains why the story of Jamal Malik, the main character of Slumdog Millionaire resonates so strongly with both American audiences and critics.

  • One of the most fun inaugural balls in Washington DC this week will be the African Inaugural Ball. It's African and Caribbean journalists and educators all of whom will be celebrating the election of an American president with an African father.Sandip talks to the organizer Iobong Ita and one of the performers, stand up comedian - and NAM editor - Edwin Okong'o.

  • In "Pareng Barack: Filipinos in Obama's America", his 3rd book on the Filipino experience in the U.S., Benjamin Pimentel tells the story of Filipinos actively engaged in electing the new U.S. president. Pimentel weaves the story of Obama into the Filipino immigration story in America and the struggle of all minorities. Born and educated in the Philippines and has been living in the U.S. since 1990 Pimentel lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area, and covers technology for Market Watch. He discussed his book with another Filipino immigrant, Odette Keeley. He was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and now covers technology for Market Watch.

  • Greg Melville drove his retro fitted vintage Mercedes across America, which was less fun than it sounds because the only fuel he used was old vegetable oil that he scrounged from restaurants. He chronicled his journey in his book Greasy Rider, Two dudes, one fry oil powered car and a cross country search for a greener future.

  • Through her non profit environmental organization Thimmakka, Ritu Primlani has been convincing ethnic restaurants that their used oil can be sold - if not to Melville - to the farmers who deliver their vegetables. Farmers can use it in machinery or some put it in chicken feed.

  • What do you think of Greg Melville's idea? Would you be interested in running your car on veggie oil and why? Call and leave your thoughts and you may hear yourself on New America Now!

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