Margaret Cho to Co-Host TLC Late-Night Talkshow ‘All About Sex’

Late-night television, meet Margaret Cho. TLC has recently ordered six episodes of Cho’s new show which certainly emphasizes the “love” portion of TLC.

Cho, who is best-known for All American Girl (1994)is meeting her next milestone with her new late-night talk show All About Sex. Cho will be co-hosting the panel show with fellow comedian Heather McDonald, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, an Atlanta-based sex and relationship counselor.

TLC, which normally likes shows with a docu-soap format feel, is taking on All About Sex, despite its The View-style formatting.

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The show, from Relativity Television and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, will have half-hour episodes and is set up like a forum for weekly dissection of all sex in American culture. With three female hosts, issues will include deconstructing and disproving misconceptions of intimacy and how women handle sex and vulnerability.

Cho is no stranger to discussing her sex life. In 2012, Cho openly discussed her sexuality on The Wendy Williams Show.

All About Sex is set to premiere January 10 at 11 p.m., following the well-received “Sex Sent Me to the ER.”

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BoA’s “Meri Kuri” Remains A Christmas Favorite 10 Years Later

 

It’s hard to believe, but BoA’s hit single “Meri Kuri” is already ten years old.

South Korean singer and actress BoA, often referred to as the Queen of Korean Pop, debuted in Korea back in 2000 before debuting in both Japan and the United States. In December 2004, on her 18th birthday, BoA released “Meri Kuri” (under the title “Meri Chri”) in both Japan and Korea. The song became a Christmas sensation, ranking No. 5 on the Oricon Weekly Chart and selling 136,725 copies.

Well it seems “Meri Kuri” has withstood the test of time in Japan. 10 years later, the song was ranked at No. 29 on last week’s Rechoku chart.

 

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As a BoA fan, I am aware that I’m biased when I rank “Meri Kuri” among more modern Christmas classics like Wham’s “Last Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want is You,” but it’s on my personal favorite list for good reason. From the sweet, but slightly melancholic verses to the gradual buildup of the soaring chorus, I can’t help but get chills everytime I hear BoA sing “zutto, zutto, soba ni iitee” (English translation: always, always, stay by my side) in her effortless higher register. And looking at “Meri Kuri’s” enduring popularity, I know I’m not the only one one who is touched by this Christmas classic.

 

Image courtesy of avex

Image courtesy of avex

 

What is your favorite Christmas song? Whether it’s a K-pop, J-pop, or an American song, let us know in the comments below!

 

#ModelMinorityMutiny : What This Hashtag Means and Why it’s Trending

The term “model minority” was established back in 1966 in The New York Times as a way for sociologist William Petersen to describe the Asian American community. According to Peterson, through hard work and dedication, the Asian American community reached success in the United States despite the odds against ethnic minorities. Sounds like a good compliment, right? Well a closer look may have you thinking otherwise.

Many scholars believe that the “model minority myth” was created for very specific reasons. First, the term was created during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement and many believe this term was an effort to show the African American community (who was fighting for equal rights) that success was possible if one simply cooperates peacefully. Secondly, the term encouraged Asian Americans to stay out of the Civil Rights Movement and remain “peaceful” if they wanted to keep the model minority title. At the time, the Asian American community had less of a history of political activism in fighting racism. Third, Petersen claimed Asian American values prevented them from becoming a “problem minority.” Needless to say, this sought to divide the minorities and create animosity.

According to ModelMinority.com, contrary to the suggested praise that the stereotype presents,  the “[model minority] thesis not only served to silence Asian American claims for redress from continuing racial discrimination, but often exaggerated and recast Asian American success stories as foreign threats.” It served as a mechanism of “divide and conquer” amongst ethnic groups in the US.

Recently, many from the Asian Pacific Islander community challenged the model minority myth as they rallied together to show their solidarity with the African American community after the Michael Brown & Eric Garner verdicts. Marches for the “Black Lives Matter” movement were conducted on a national scale in the United States, and has even reached as far as South Korea. Fittingly, their efforts can be seen trending on Twitter under the hashtag “ModelMinorityMutiny.”

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Some even draw on the inspiration of Yuri Kochiyama. Letting her story serve as a reminder that the African American struggle is not only theirs, but it is a multi-racial struggle.

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The model minority mutiny doesn’t just stop with the marches and rallies. The group ChangeLab is spearheading a project called “Bringing the Model Minority Mutiny Home.” The project allows people to share their “model minority” experiences, discuss how to overcome it  and provide resources for each other.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas Inspired By Model Irene Kim

 

Here’s round two of Audrey Magazine‘s holiday gift guides to help you with that last minute shopping.  We decided to pull inspiration from fashion favorite, Irene Kim.  Her popularity continues to grow at rapid speeds along with her Instagram following, and it’s so easy to fall in love with her quirky and playful style.  We chose a few of our favorite looks and found similar items to share. Maybe you’ll end up saving one or two on your own wish list!

 


 

1. A Killer Jacket

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Still on trend with color blocking, Kim is wearing ACNE Studios.  Though the jacket is difficult to find online currently, we found a similar version with more muted hues being offered by AllSaints Spitalfields.  A bit more on the high side in terms of budget, but if you’re looking for an investment piece to gift, the Frith jacket is available here for $900.

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ALLSAINTS Frith Leather Biker Jacket, Image Courtesy Of AllSaints.com

 


 

 2. Animal Prints Times Two

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If you know anyone that is a huge fan of animal prints, take a peek at these two looks from Kim.  First, we loved how she layered a printed hoodie to break up the mild, dark colors of her winter outerwear. Then, we couldn’t take our eyes of her on-trend Adidas sneakers.  Interested in these styles?  We found this Zoe Karssen zebra hoodie available here for $140.  Kim’s Adidas Originals sneakers can still be found here and on sale for $84! With Christmas drawing near so quickly, we have an alternative available here for $60 and there’s a pink version.

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3. A Striped Skirt

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Black and white stripes are classic, so we hunted down an alternative style to Kim’s skirt.  High-waisted as well, this fitted Dolce&Gabbana piece features a flirty, ruffled hem.  If you are looking for a luxury, high-end gift, this skirt can be found here for $995.

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4. Keeping Cozy

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Our obsession with black and white doesn’t seem to end.  There’s nothing like a cozy, warm sweater during the holidays and we really loved Kim’s simple, slouchy plaid top.  Consider giving the gift of warmth this winter with a JOA Boyfriend Check sweater available on sale here for $35.

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We wish you happy hunting during your holiday shopping trips and hopefully you’ve gathered some ideas from our holiday gift guides inspired by Asian street fashion and Korean fashion model, Irene Kim!

 

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Celebs React Furiously to the Cancellation of ‘The Interview’

 

Yesterday, December 17th, Sony Pictures announced that they would not only cancel all advance/private screenings of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview, they have completely pulled the plug and will no longer release the film in theaters on Christmas day. In fact, the studio has no further release plans for the film at all.

As you may already know, all of this is in response to cyber attacks on Sony Pictures which resulted in a leak of countless private emails. The hackers, known only as “Guardians of the Peace,” then threatened to perform an “11th of September”-style attack on all movie theaters showing the film which portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un.

As a result, the nation’s five biggest theater chains (Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Cineplex Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas) all decided to cancel showings of The Interview. Sony Pictures then cancelled the film entirely. Despite our efforts to support talented Asian American actors, even our very own screening of The Interview was cancelled.

Sony released a statement on Wednesday:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

 

Some support this decision and claim that safety must come first. Others shake their heads in disappointment over Sony’s decision and point out that this cowardice gives hackers even more power to control. Many Hollywoods celebs have put in their two cents and it is clear that this news does not sit well with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Indian Comic Book Heroine Speaks Out Against Sexual Violence

 

In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in Asian females entering the comic book world. Marvel, for instance, has created two Asian superheroines: Ms. Marvel and Silk. Well, it looks like there’s a new girl in town and unlike the Marvel super heroes, she’s fighting something much more realistic than mutated super villains. She combats the very real issues of rape, sexual violence and harassment in India and all around the world.

“A beautiful woman, wrapped in a sari, sits calmly on top of a ferocious tiger,” NBC News describes. “This is how much of the world meets Priya, India’s newest superhero and a rape survivor.”

 

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From the talented mind of Indian American filmmaker Ram Devineni, Priya’s Shakti’s tale begins with a violent gang rape. As a result, Priya is ostracized by her family and community out of shame. This is when Priya sends an empowering message for women everywhere by not staying silent on the taboo topic. Under the guidance of the Hindu Goddess Parvati, Priya chooses to speak out against rape and other acts of sexual violence.

Devineni say’s he was first inspired to create this comic book after the infamous 2012 New Delhi gang rape. After speaking to a New Delhi officer, he was shocked to discover that many men thought the victim was the one who provoked the rape by being out so late.

In disbelief over this perspective, Devineni spent the following year traveling around India and Southeast Asia to get a closer look at the true nature of this very serious issue.

 

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“Talking with several rape survivors, I realized how difficult it was for them to seek justice and how much their lives were constantly under threat after they reported the crime,” Devineni. told NBC News.  “Their family, local community, and even the police discouraged them from pursuing criminal action against their attackers. The burden of shame was placed on the victim and not the perpetrators.”

Devineni was motivated by real-life stories to challenge society’s fear of discussing rape. He made the comic book even more accessible by adding another layer to it. Viewers can scan the comic book and the animation comes to life. With the addition of sound and movement, he hopes that people will remember that these sort of violent acts actually happen in real life.

“We want people to tell their friends ‘I stand with Priya,’Devineni explained, “and support women’s equality and the struggles of rape survivors to seek justice.”

The comic will premiere at the Mumbai Film and Comics Convention from December 19th to the 21st.

 

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Advance Screening of “The Interview” Cancelled

 

Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal will unfortunately be canceling the advanced screening of The Interview, as requested by Sony Pictures. We apologize for the abrupt cancellation and any inconvenience this may have caused. As many of you may know, several major theaters have made the decision to not screen the film for safety concerns. In addition, Sony Pictures has confirmed that it has canceled its Christmas release of The Interview. 

Adding on to KoreAm’s sentiments, it’s unfortunate that this film cannot be shown in theaters at this time. We can only hope that even more films with talented Asian American actors will emerge and they will certainly have our support.

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Skrillex Drops “Dirty Vibe” Music Video with Diplo, CL and G-Dragon

 

A growing anticipation was building over the weekend as G-Dragon and CL released preview images from the “Dirty Vibe” music video. Skrillex and Diplo have been teaming up lately under their alias, Jack Ü and more recently, they have been working in tandem with another powerhouse duo–G-Dragon and CL–to produce the song “Dirty Vibe.”

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This isn’t G-Dragon’s first time collaborating with American artists. His latest solo album Coup D’etat featured Missy Elliott, Sky Ferreira and Lydia Paek. For CL, this is the first of many collaborations set for her US debut as a solo artist under SB Projects management.

Initially when the song was released on March 17, 2014 on Scrillex’s Soundcloud page, the song was widely received by its listeners (as seen in the comments).

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However, when Red Bull premiered the music video on December 12, 2014, the reactions ranged from utter disappointment to complete love for it.

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Neither Skrillex nor Diplo appear in the video and the focus is mainly on G-Dragon and CL. According to an interview he did with Redbull, Skrillex met with CL and G-Dragon in Korea and asked them to collaborate on a track that he and Diplo had been working on. Skrillex also claimed to have put significant input on the video’s artistic direction, though Redbull was the main producer of the video itself.

Despite many, many negative reactions, there were also a handful of fans defending the video:

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According to SeoulBeats, “A common theme among the initial reactions to the song is that it does not showcase CL and G-Dragon’s respective skills, but it can also be argued that this is understandable because the song is essentially Skrillex’s, with the other artists simply featuring on the track.” What’s for certain is that the “Dirty Vibe” track strays away from the iconic YG sound that fans have been accustomed to, and we can only predict that there will be more experimenting from GD and CL.

So what do you think of the song and video? What do you make of G-Dragon mostly rapping in Korean and CL mostly rapping in English? Watch the video here and make sure to comment below.

 

–STORY BY ARIANNA CARAMAT AND AMANDA WALUJONO

 

Artist Reimagines Western Fairy Tales with a Korean Twist

 

Anna built a snowman and Elsa formed her ice castle in an unnamed Nordic country. But what if the story of Disney’s Frozen took place on the Korean peninsula?

Korean artist and illustrator Na Young Wu, who goes by the handle Obsidian (@obsidian00) on Twitter, recently unveiled a series of illustrations depicting Western fairy tales as if they had taken place in Korea. Elsa’s glittering dress, for example, would look more like a hanbok, like so:

 

Check out the rest of the artist’s Korean-Western fairy tales series below. You can click on the tweets to view each image separately. The Frog PrinceThe Little Mermaid and Snow White:

 

 

Alice in WonderlandLittle Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast:

 

More Hans Christian Andersen: The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen with Chinese and Japanese influences, respectively.  

You can view more of the artist’s work on her Naver blog. Follow her on Twitter (@00obsidian00).

 

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This story was originally featured on iamkoream.com

Underrated Movies of 2014: “The Hundred-Foot Journey”

2014 has been a great year for movies. From mainstream films such as Edge of Tomorrow and Beyond the Lights to indie fare such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and Under the Skin, there has been a plethora of unique films worth watching. As a result, many movies have fallen off the radar. One film that has been criminally underlooked and underrated is The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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Admittedly, I was hesitant walking into the movie. All I had gathered from the trailer was that this was a movie about cooking Indian and French food and that Helen Mirren was in it. I was worried that the Indian characters would be pushed to the background in favor of the white protagonist. My worst case scenario was that The Hundred-Foot Journey would be one of those “uplifting” movies where a white protagonist is glorified for his or her charitable act of regarding people of color as fellow humans. Thankfully, I was proven completely wrong. While there is plenty of Indian and French food porn, The Hundred-Foot Journey also offers substance for thought.

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Photo courtesy of Fandango

The film tells the story of Hassan Kadam (played by Manish Dayal), a political refugee whose family escapes India after a deadly political riot and starts an Indian restaurant in Southern France. The film quickly establishes Hassan Kadam as a culinary genius in the making and focuses on his character’s path, from the “hundred-foot journey” to the French culinary restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for the role) to eventual chef superstardom in a gastronomic Parisian restaurant.

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From start to finish, Hassan Kadam is the main character that drives the narrative of the story. As played by Manish Dayal in a star-making role, Hassan is a determined and observant culinary genius who relies more on instinct than traditional recipes or cooking techniques. Credit must be given to both Manish Dayal and the screenwriter Stephen Knight for portraying Hassan Kadam as a nuanced, three-dimensional character. Like Hassan, the rest of his family are defined by more than just their ethnicity. Om Puri who plays Papa is particularly memorable as a father who is proud, defiant, but emotionally vulnerable.

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Unfortunately, mainstream media often despicts Asians and Asian Americans as two dimensional, stereotypical caricatures. Thanks to films like The Hundred-Foot Journey, that may be slowly on its way to changing. Seeing a film with an Asian lead (it’s important to note that The Hundred-Foot Journey was the only wide-release film in the summer of 2014 to star an Asian American, sorry Godzilla does not count) and well-rounded Asian characters felt like a breath of much-needed fresh air. The film is also nuanced in its treatment of race and racism. While the film isn’t explicitly about race, the film does show both overt racism (the Kadams are almost killed at one point in their new hometown in France) and subtler racism (Hassan’s story is later labeled as a “rags to riches story” by a newspaper, which Om Puri’s character furiously tears apart). Throughout the film, French and Indian cultures and cuisine as depicted as unusual but equal complements.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is a simple, effective and well-told story. It’s optimistic but never at the expense of its characters and the serious issues they face. It’s filled to the brim with food porn but also thoughtful about race and human nature. So if you’re looking for a film to see over the holidays, I highly recommend watching The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey is rated PG and currently out in Blu-Ray/DVD.