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Articles by Jean Melesaine

Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders: "A Community of Contrasts" #IAMBEYOND

The month of May is Asian Pacific Islander month, in a new report titled "A Community of Contrasts" the report shows that Pacific Islanders have some of the highest rates of poverty, incarceration and low rates of higher education. 

An Open Letter, Apology To CNN Reporter Jeanne Moos: Pacific Peoples Don't "Decorate Bums" Or "Rub Noses" For Fun

Written in response to CNN journalist Jeanne Moos segment on Prince Williams family's visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Maori welcoming ceremony.

Steeda and Malaysia: Re-Entry To Motherhood

Steeda Mcgruder was in prison when she was pregnant with her daughter Malaysia, and eventually gave birth to her while incarcerated. She then went in and out of jail, and after transforming her life and breaking the cycle of incarceration, is now running a support group through the county for recently released women as well.

Returning To Life From Life: A Daughter's Journey To Freeing Her Mother From Prison

The first woman up for a potential re-sentencing in Santa Clara County due to Proposition 36 won her release. A 55-year-old grandmother, Lisa Carter had done 18 years of a life sentence due to the recently reformed 3 Strikes Law. Lisa’ third offense was $150 shoplifting charge. This video was also a part of New America Media's Children of Re-Entry Project.

Hood Dreams and Hair Cuts

Chubby is a haircut barber who is born and raised in Oakdale Housing Projects, a project well known for gun violence and crime. At the same time he is a popular barber who continues to cut hair in front of his home even amongst the violence and crime.

Oakland Natives Welcome Auckland Natives To Their Homeland

It was a packed house earlier this week at the Intertribal Friendship House when Maori group, Te Whaka Huia made their way from Auckland, New Zealand to Oakland, Bay Area and were greeted with a ceremonial welcoming from the Ohlone Bay Area Natives.

ACJP Video Profile: Xavier’s Bright Future

Xavier España is 19 years old, and though young, says he has already learned important life lessons that have focused him for his future. He is an Evergreen College student, a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and works at his uncle’s auto body repair shop. Xavier is currently entangled in the court system.

From Oakland To Auckland: Emory Douglas and The Polynesian Panthers

When the Oakland Black Panther Party recruited Emory Douglas as their Minister of Culture, one thing that no one knew, is how his image of the Black Panther would start movements across the world in the city of Auckland with a group of Polynesians.

Dancing Against San Francisco Bullets

Samoan dances hold history of the islands, passed down for centuries and centuries. Amongst heavy violence in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, Nise is still passing those stories down through Samoan "siva"(dance) in front of her home, the same place she's witnessed her community/family members killed.

Pasifika Arts In America

While in Aotearoa(New Zealand) for a month and a half, I was grateful to be in a place of what I call the Pasifika Arts mecca. As a Samoan artist born and raised in America, reshaping the way I think about art and navigating our culture through America makes you think.
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