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When we first spotted Jack Quavis’ videos on iReport.com, they immediately caught our attention. That’s why we’re so excited that the longtime iReporter and owner of Taylor Mae’d Barber Shop in Buffalo, New York, is getting some recognition on the homepage of CNN.com today.
Quavis records candid conversations with his customers on camera – often about politics -- while he trims their hair. His most frequent customer is Tom Ammo, a 45-year-old ironworker who’s known the barber since high school. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ammo, and he offered some great anecdotes about the barbershop.
Ammo brings coffee and donuts by Taylor Mae’d once a week and the old friends chat for hours. In addition to the usual political topics, he recently started giving video predictions for upcoming Buffalo Bills games. Although his record’s not too good so far, he hopes it will improve.
Talking to Ammo helped explain why so many customers readily shared their thoughts on camera in Quavis’ shop. “He’s a hell of a guy,” Ammo said. “Not too many people have the gift of gab and the ability to get people to talk.”
Thank You Katie. Your the BEST
Katie great post and congrats to you and the ireporter too
What a cool way to really get a lot of different thoughts and views.
I was born in Mexico - therefore, Mexico is my mother and the United States is my father it took 5 years (in 1953) for my family to be granted a legal status. I can only imagine how long it would take 56 years later for a Mexican to come in legally.
My father first came to the U.S. in 1912, when the only legal process was to sign when crossing the border. Laws and rules change, BUT THEY SHOULD CHANGE FOR EVERY COUNTRY’S IMMIGRANTS. If you are immigrating from other than Latin America, it takes a whole lot less time to be granted legal status. Although half this country belonged to Mexico, Mexicans are being discriminated. The reason we hold on to our roots more strongly is because Anglo-Americans don’t let us integrate! Then you complain?
These people are - NOT ILLEGALS, they are UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS who come, just like your ancestors, without a green card, in search of a better life - and what’s more, to work in jobs others mostly will not perform, is not only fair, but OWED TO them at least that much-or should I say, that little. What have Europeans given to the U.S.? Yet, they are much more welcomed than we are. Search in your conscience and if you really have one, you’ll see the truth.
We should be protesting about our better jobs being outsourced to other countries, jobs that a lot of our U.S. residents would love to have - yet, we are permitting those jobs to be taken to China, India, etc. etc. Those people are not paying any kind of taxes or contributing to the U.S. economy by buying groceries, paying rent, bus fares, buying cars, homes, paying for gas, or contributing in Social Security. Undocumented are workers consuming and paying taxes are paying taxes. Why don’t we build a wall in the U.S. Canada border?
Regarding Latinos in America program, WHY DON’T YOU SHOW THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THE LATINO PEOPLE. HOW MANY HOLD GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION POSITIONS? HOW MANY ARE DOCTORS, ATTORNEYS, ARCHITECTS, SUCCESSFUL COMPANY OWNERS, HOW MANY HOLD IMPORTANT JOBS.
My parents had 8 children - I’m the youngest. All my family own their own homes and 7 of us have rental houses and apartment units in upper middle class neighborhoods in the Los Angeles. We are all outstanding citizens with children who are have also fully integrated and hold respectable positions. In my husband’s side there are 6 siblings and they also have their homes paid for, are well traveled and their children also hold good jobs and most are upper middle class, good Christian citizens as well, and so too our Mexican friends who live a respectable life. Why do they show the negative side of our community and not the better side equally as well?
I am a grateful not a “proud” Mexican. I am a Mexican who is very grateful to both my “mother” and my “father” countries, who’s only pride is to be who I am, not what I am – I am my Creators daughter - just like you are, but I am not a blind daughter. I am glad to have the family values, moral and religious upbringing, that I inherited from my Mexico/mother. However I am equally grateful not “proud” to have the opportunity lo live in this a better country with all its good and bad - yet much better government than Mexico’s government.
If hear someone say something negative about my Mexico/"mother", it hurts and I defend her. By the same token, when I go to Mexico and I hear someone say something negative about my U.S./"father it hurts equally and I defend it with all my strength and passion.... Can't we all just get along? If there is a person who directly does you wrong, DEFEND YOURSELF.... BUT IF NO ONE IS DIRECTLY INFLICTING YOU SUFFERING - PLEASE, JUST BE AND LET BE. LET GO AND LET GOD! That is the just way, I expect everyone's respect as I respect everyone - that is the only way to find peace. SHALOM!
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