Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Friday, May 7, 2010

amNY - No Immigrants, No New York

“Dios mio, it would be awful! Living in New York without illegal immigrants! Who’d deliver the Chinese food? Who’d raise the children on the Upper East Side?...That’s the dirty little secret of all this anti-immigrant uproar. Once the ugly speeches are finished and the call-in talk hosts have packed it in for the night, nobody seriously wants to chase off Maria, Sophia or Jose…If they suddenly stopped coming – or federal agents actually rounded them up – we’d have to offer special internships to lure them back immediately.” – Ellis Henican

Although this amNY article simplifies the roles undocumented immigrants play once they arrive in the U.S. beginning with a pun about hypocrisy amongst Arizona’s new legislation supporters, it made me think about how much New York is characterized by undocumented immigrants.
What are your thoughts on where NY and other states would be?

1 comment:

  1. Although Henican could have quoted more of a delicate statement on the matter, he is absolutely right. Not too many people want to speak the entire truth. New York City especially would break down without the support of undocumented workers I'm not saying illegal immigration is void of issues but the racist manner in which the U.S. decides to eradicate the phenomenom is INSANE! A nation built off the sweat of immigrants has the nerve to turn its nose. A damn shame.