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Editor’s Note: Elizabeth Gaynes, director of an organization creating opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system to further develop their strengths and lead lives of responsibility and contribution known as the Osborne Association, spoke recently at their tenth annual Lighting the Way Breakfast on Park Avenue.  The speech was so impressive, with phrases such as “a country that savors punishment and depends on prisons economically,” that I asked her to condense it for this column.
New York, N.Y.  One hundred years ago Thomas Mott Osborne walked into Auburn Prison and voluntarily spent a week among men he came to call his brothers. He did not romanticize them but neither did he demonize them, and that was his gift. Later as warden of Sing Sing prison he asked the question that still haunts us: “Shall our prisons be scrap heaps or human repair shops?”

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Osborne Association executive director Elizabeth Gaynes spoke her mind at the breakfast.
Photo: Colin Bernatzky for Osborne Association.

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By Lorraine Cancro, MSW, edited by Jim Luce.

New York, N.Y.  Daniel Amen, M.D. and his wife Tana Amen presented their new books, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain and The Omni Diet at the home of business leader and philanthropist, Kevin McGovern who founded several world category leaders including Sobe Beverages, Brita, Pur, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, among others. Elite members from the medical, entrepreneurial and artistic worlds assembled including Sara Herbert Galloway, Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D., Robert Cancro, M.D., Sandlin Lowe, M.D., Jim Luce, Barbara Meister Bender, David Bender, among others.

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Kevin McGovern and Dr. Daniel Amen
Credit: Annie Watt / Society-Photos.com.

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Mon May 13, 2013 at 05:28 AM PDT

Next Generation of Global Indian Cinema

by jimluce

New York, N.Y. I recently attended Ticket2Bollywood (T2B) sponsored by Molecule Communications.  I had the opportunity to interview its director Ajay Shrivastav and his sister and business partner Kiren.

Brother and sister Ajay and Kiren Shrivastav are opposites.  He is the creative one and Kiren more the businesswoman operating Molecule Communications in Mumbai and Ajay is opening their first overseas branch in New York, where he has lived for twelve years involved with food and fashion - and now film.  The siblings share the same passion but view different approaches.

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Left to right: Anuraadha Tewari, and Kanika Chadda (Zee TV). Photo: Kabir Chopra.

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New York, N.Y.  Speaking broadly, we don’t appreciate Bollywood because we don’t understand it.  We fail to grasp it not for any intellectual flaw, but for a major cultural one: we didn’t grow up in India.  The biggest point to absorb to better get Bollywood is that Indian cinema is both sophisticated and unique.  Films began to be made in India in the 1890’s, at the same time as film was being created in France.

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Indian glamour: Actor Zoran Saher, Sneha Shah, and Kawas Bhasin. Photo: Kabir Chopra.

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I first met New York-based music composer Wayne Sharpe two years ago at the New York Indo-American Film Festival (NYIFF).  He was the first American I had ever encountered who worked for Bollywood.  Recently I had the chance to attend a conference that focused on the economic impact of Bollywood in New York City - and Wayne was there to speak about his experiences.

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Bollywood music composer Wayne Sharp relaxes in his NYC music studio. Photo: W. Sharp.

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Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 03:04 PM PST

Eyewitness: My First Visit to Cuba

by jimluce

By Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, edited by Jim Luce.

Havana, Cuba. I consider myself such a lucky person. At almost 75, I have visited over 140 countries on all continents, and I have lived in the U.S. for over 50 years. My impresario and cultural exchange work took me to many countries in the world. During the Cold War, I visited almost all of the communist countries – except for Cuba and North Korea. Finally, I am in Havana, making up for lost time.

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Teaching Onnetsu Therapy to my international colleagues in Cuba.  Photo courtesy Dr. Kazuko.

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New York, N.Y. Cornell NYC Tech is headed to Roosevelt Island, New York City -- 'Silicon Island of the East.'  Architect Tadeusz Sudol of the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) believes that there could be a New Museum of Technology, Art and Science (MOOTAS) on Roosevelt Island as well.  A RIVAA Gallery exhibition has just opened that includes a depiction of Tad's vision for the plant, along with images of technology inside the structure.

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Boiler #3. Photo: RIVAA.

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New York, N.Y. At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2012, Bill Clinton, Queen Rania, Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the World Bank discussed that an enormous need for moving humanity forward is communicating successful solutions from around the world.  The Stewardship Report, with its mission of Connecting Goodness, is expanding its efforts to do so.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the Clinton Global Initiative 2012. Credit: CGI.

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By Lorraine Cancro, M.S.W., edited by Jim Luce.

New York, N.Y. In 2011, the filmmaker behind the movies Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive organized for his foundation to donate $1 million to launch Operation Warrior Wellness (OWW) in Los Angeles, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-related illnesses.  In 2011, Lynch donated $1 million to launch the organization to help veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-related illnesses through Transcendental Meditation.

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By Shari Alexander, edited by Jim Luce.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. “When you find yourself living in Paradise, the impulse to give back is irresistible.”  So says John Bills, retired tenor from the Metropolitan Opera and now artistic director of Opera San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  His not-for-profit company sponsors a nationwide contest each year dedicated to discovering and giving career assistance to the most promising young singers in his adopted country.

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Concurso San Miguel 2012 Judges and Prize Winners.

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By Noriella Santos, edited by Jim Luce.

New York, N.Y.  “I want to be a lawyer.  I want to give a voice to my brothers and sisters here at the orphanage who have no voice.  I love them all.”  Said an abandoned girl living in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic told the team from the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF).

If you are an orphan in Latin America, the Caribbean or Africa, the odds are overwhelming that you will spend your childhood and teenager years living in an institution.

The odds are also overwhelming that when you leave that orphanage or home, within a year, you will become homeless, addicted to drugs, a gang member, a prostitute or any one of a number of horrible outcomes due to lack of education and job training.

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Students from the Dominican Republic, part of the growing Orphaned Starfish Foundation family.

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By Andy Naylor, edited by Jim Luce.

New York, N.Y.  A group of recent graduates beam with pride as they accept congratulations from assorted friends, teachers and strangers.  Wearing flowing green robes they sit with loved ones, many of them clutching tiny babies who in a few years will have vague yet colourful memories of this wonderful day.  

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Father and son at a Fresh Start graduation and ceremony on Rikers Island. Photo: Osborne Association.

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