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Turkish FM Signals Citizenship to be Granted to All Ottoman Dynasty Members

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu signaled on Feb. 11 that Turkish citizenship will be provided to all overseas members of the Ottoman dynasty at a meeting in Istanbul, one day after events held to mark the centenary of the death of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. “We want to provide citizenship to all those who do not have Turkish citizenship. I will personally deal with this issue in accordance with decisions from the cabinet,” he said. Çavuşoğlu and Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal met members of the Ottoman royal family who were in Istanbul to attend Abdulhamid II memorial events.

Descendants Gather in Istanbul to Remember Sultan Abdulhamid

Some 52 descendants of Sultan Abdülhamid II, credited with a brief revival of a dying Ottoman Empire, gathered at an event in Istanbul to mark the centenary of his death. Grandchildren of the sultan traveled from France, the U.K., Germany, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Austria and Mexico for the event organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality at the Ottoman Archives Directorate building. After a recitation of the Quran and the screening of a documentary on Istanbul during Abdülhamid's reign, historians, academics and members of the Ottoman dynasty delivered speeches.

US-based Turkish Yogurt Tycoon Married in New York

United States based Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya was married with Food Dreams Foundation president Louise Vongerichten, at the Turkish Consulate General in New York with a simple ceremony on Jan. 25. Ulukaya, 45, is of Turkish origin and the founder of the Chobani yogurt firm. His wife, 30, is of French origin and the co-founder of Food Dreams Foundation. The couple will reportedly hold a wedding ceremony in Turkey in summer months.

Meryem Uzerli: International Star You Should Know

By Jimmy Cüneyt Gürkan - Meryem Uzerli is a Turkish-German actress and model who rose to prominence by playing Hürrem Sultan in the Turkish TV series The Magnificent Century (2011–2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Butterfly Award. In 2012, she was chosen as the Woman of the Year by GQ Turkey. She was in Los Angeles for the Hollywood Turkish Film Festival, and Meryem Uzerli talked to TURKOFAMERICA.

Peyman Umay, Rising Star of Fashion

Peyman Umay moved to the U.S. in 2007, after a promising liaison with 2 fashion houses in Europe. In 2011, He started his own line of menswear in New York City, offering luxury men’s made-to-measure clothing, by appointment only. Through his passion and hard-work, Peyman created a loyal clientele by combining his fashion background with unique services that no other brand does. Within 2 years, Peyman Umay designs were already being celebrated by the very affluent people of the country from Hollywood to Sports. Realizing the need and not being able to resist the consistent demand, Umay launched women’s made-to-measure line in 2013 and finally men’s ready-to-wear collection in December 2015, opening the first Peyman Umay retail store in Aspen, Colorado. The New York based celebrity designer shares his secrets in his recently penned book “Dressing Well” that will be published soon.

A Virginian in Love with Turkish Folk Music: Meg Davis

What would you ask an American who was born in West Virginia and studied in college in Holland’s Rotterdam; and, who is in love with Turkish folk music? My question to her was: ‘What’s wrong with you?’ And, she replied, laughing, that I was not the first person asking her that question.  Meg Davis has completed her undergraduate studies at Codarts University of Arts in Holland and she is now getting prepared to have her master’s degree on Turkish pop music. However, although she started his graduate studies on pop music, she has also changed her major to Turkish Folk Music and studied it at undergraduate level.

Why Do Most People Think NYC Is Only Manhattan?

By Cemil Özyurt - Going to a musical in New York’s Broadway, walking in Central Park, shopping at SoHo, and being mesmerized by the lights of Times Square and looking around for minutes on shop windows of 5th Avenue are ordinary activities done by each tourist that comes to New York City. But if you come to NYC and are willing to take the two hours long drive to the north, to the ‘upstate’ region, you will have a chance to get out of the chaos of the millions and meet a brand new New York that has a magnificant history and nature.

No More Kebab, It’s Time to Talk Education

Bahceşehir University Global has been working on its educational activities in the USA for around 13 years, since 2004. The total 34 graduates of its MBA programs in three different specialized fields. BAU has been offering students educational services in the USA for the past four years. Not only under the roof of Bahçeşehir University but also as the Mentora College Language School of BAU Global. We talked to Enver Yücel, President of the BAU Global about his current investments in education and his future plans.

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