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Jun

Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Wins a Primetime Emmy Award

  September 20, 2009, Los Angeles, CA– Iranian American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the House of Saddam at the 2009 Emmy Awards. This was the first Emmy award for Aghdashloo.  
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Jun

Hamed Haddadi Holds First Basketball Camp for Iranian Americans

September 18, 2009, Los Angeles, CA– Hamed Haddadi, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies in the National Basketball Association, recently concluded the first ever sports camp for kids held by an Iranian American athlete.   The two day event was held at the campus of California State University, Northridge, and was intended to reach out...
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Jun

Shirin Neshat Silver Lion Award at Venice Film Festival

September 14, 2009, Washington D.C.  – Renowned Iranian American visual artist Shirin Neshat won the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice Film Festival this Saturday for her film, an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s 1979 novel, Women without Men. The film, which is currently being screened at the Toronto Film Festival, takes place in 1953...
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Jun

Iranian American Poised to Run for Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat

September 14, 2009, Washington, D.C. – Amid the recent flurry of activity surrounding the late Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat, a newcomer has shown interest in entering the hotly contested race. Enter Alan Khazei, a 48 year old Iranian American who is best known as the cofounder of City Year, a nationwide community service program...
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12
Jun

Iranian American Joins the Cast of Saturday Night Live

Iranian American Joins the Cast of “Saturday Night Live” September 02, 2009 Iranian American Joins the Cast of “Saturday Night Live” September 2, 2009, Washington, D.C. – Iranian American Nasim Pedrad will join the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for its 35th season. Born in Tehran, Nasim graduated from UCLA and performed at the Groundlings,...
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Jun

The Emperor of Cool Sam Nazarian Shares Life Lessons: Think Big!!

On May 10, 2009, six accomplished Iranian Americans gathered at UCLA’s Royce Hall to share the trials and tribulations of their lives with the next generation. The event was the first of what we expect will be many such events called, “Passing the Torch of Success to the Next Generation of Leaders,” a forum aimed...
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12
Jun

It’s Easy, Vote Azizi

It’s Easy, Vote Azizi Iranian American Runs for Atlanta City Council August 27, 2009, Atlanta, GA. – If asked, Bahareh Azizi would be quick to tell you that “tolerance” and “acceptance” are two of her personality traits that she values the most. Having received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, this...
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Jun

Dr. Akbar Ghahary Elected Chairman of Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation

Dr. Akbar Ghahary Elected Chairman of Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation July 09, 2009 Dr. Akbar Ghahary, Ph.D., has been elected by Encyclopaedia Iranica’s Board of Trustees as the new Chairman of the foundation. Dr. Ghahary is a political activist, philanthropist and long-time advocate and supporter for promoting Persian culture and bringing awareness of Iran’s contribution to...
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Jun

LA Dedicates Intersection to Iranian American Philanthropist

LA Dedicates Intersection to Iranian American Philanthropist July 09, 2009 Source: Los Angeles Times June 25, 2009 – Leading members of the Iranian American community in Los Angeles gathered today at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway to celebrate the dedication of the first city intersection to be named after one of their own:...
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Jun

Iranian Americans in the Spotlight – Huffington Post

Iranian Americans in the Spotlight – Huffington Post June 21, 2009 By Angella Nazarian In 2008 a national public opinion survey found that two thirds of all Americans do not personally know an Iranian American. As a result, it suggested, the public’s overall impression of Iranian Americans is largely based on the reductive one-dimensional image...
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