Viral Video Alert: UN Creates Bollywood Music Video Promoting LGBT Rights

 

After watching only a few seconds of this music video, we encounter dancing, singing, vibrant colors and, of course, romance. Yup, this can only mean one thing: Bollywood.

Who doesn’t love good Bollywood? In fact, this music video, produced by the United Nations’ Free & Equal Campaign, has already picked up more than 2 million views since being uploaded onto YouTube a few months ago.

“The Welcome” begins with a family preparing for a wedding. “Today, Sir is coming with his special friend,” one relative says in excitement as he puts up decorations. After much suspense, the groom-to-be finally arrives, but is met with stunned expressions from his relatives as his “special friend” turns out to be a man as well. The two join hands and wait for the verdict from a stern-faced grandmother.

Bollywood star Celina Jaitly intervenes and sings about a “new look” and a “new attitude” which accepts all forms of love.

After her initial hesitation, the grandmother decides to welcome the two men with a smile and they get their Bollywood happy ending after all — complete with dancing, music and a smile on every face.

 

 

As you may have already guessed, the video was created to promote LGBT rights. Specifically, this video is in response to India’s Supreme Court decision on December 2013, which reenacted Section 377 of India’s Penal Code, which states, “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

The decision was opposed by many human rights activists, including the United Nations who chose to express their opinion in this delightful music video.

Popular actress, model and beauty queen Jaitly is not the only Bollywood celebrity to openly fight for LGBT rights. Just a few months ago, the beautiful Sonam Kapoor argued that India’s legal stance on homosexuality does not align with their cultural stance.

“We’ve regressed instead of progressing,” Kapoor said while discussing the possibility of homosexuality on the big screen. “I think movies can influence the way people think sometimes and if we do start making love stories, or we start making movies about people who are amazing human beings, people who have done something in life, people who are inspirational who aren’t necessarily only straight, I think people will start appreciating them more.”

Although this music video is not on the big screen, it’s certainly a step towards an accepting future.

 

Viral Video Alert: Tiny Floating Asian Babies

Radio Station STAR FM 93.9 uploaded a video onto their official Facebook earlier this month and it already has 170,000 shares and even more likes. What could possibly captivate people this much? Adorable Asian babies, of course!

In this video, a pair of chubby-cheeked babies are relaxing in a small tub using baby neck floats. It’s quite a sight if you’ve never seen this odd little contraption. The device is used to not only keep the baby afloat, it also encourages good exercise and allows babies to explore their body movements.

 

The cuteness of these babies in their tiny donut floaties have left many squealing in delight, but that’s not all. The adorable video has been met with an alarming amount of criticism from those who are unfamiliar with the device.

Many have voiced concern and even anger. They have called the parents “stupid” for leaving the babies with a device that looks “uncomfortable and dangerous.” Admittedly, as cute as they were, a part of me couldn’t help but worry for the comfort of these babies as well.

Thankfully, many Asian netizens have pointed out that baby neck floats have been around in Asia for years. In fact, an American company named Otteroo, sells the device and goes into detail about its comfort and  safety. According to the official site, this device helps satisfy mental curiosity, encourages water familiarity and helps physical development and coordination.

 

Have you tried a baby neck float on your child? If so, tell us your experience!

 


Indonesian Artists Create Must-See DISNEY x MARVEL Crossovers

Milk and cookies. Peanut and jelly. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. We may never find out who the geniuses are behind the most known and beloved combinations, but every now and then, we get lucky.

In this case, we’ve found out that Indonesian illustrators from Stellar Labs are the brilliant minds who decided to combine the two powerhouses, Marvel and Disney.

As many already know, Marvel Entertainment belongs to the Walt Disney company, but aside from a Captain America doll placed on the same shelf as a Mickey toy in the Disney store, we don’t really see the two worlds interact. No matter how much we love both Marvel and Disney, we’ve never seen a Disney character step foot into the Marvel universe — until now.

Stellar Labs, an art studio based in Jakarta, Indonesia, decided to combine Maleficent with Loki, have Thor meet Rapunzel and even put all the evil villains together in one portrait.

The results? Everything we wanted and more. Check out all the creative mash ups below for yourself.

DONALD THE THOR by illustrator Agri Karuniawan

DONALD THE THOR by illustrator Agri Karuniawan

MALEFICENT X LOKI by illustrator Bramasta Aji

MALEFICENT X LOKI by illustrator Bramasta Aji

TARZAN THOR by illustrator Eko Puteh

TARZAN THOR by illustrator Eko Puteh

THORUNZEL by illustrator Fahriza Kamaputra

THORUNZEL by illustrator Fahriza Kamaputra

VILLAINS by illustrator Isuardi Therianto

VILLAINS by illustrator Isuardi Therianto

FIX-IT HULK by illustrators Miralti Firmansyah & Jessica Kholinne

FIX-IT HULK by illustrators Miralti Firmansyah & Jessica Kholinne

POOH & FRIENDS by illustrator Natasha Elizabeth

POOH & FRIENDS by illustrator Natasha Elizabeth

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PRINCE TONY by illustrator Ryan Adriandhy

DONALD'S BACKYARD PARTEE by illustrator Yenny Laud

DONALD’S BACKYARD PARTEE by illustrator Yenny Laud

To check out more of Steller Lab’s work, visit their official Facebook page here.

Adorable Thai Commercial Reminds Us That Technology Can’t Replace Love

I don’t know about you, but in my day, an elementary kid with a cell phone was simply unheard of. Well that’s certainly not the case anymore. I’ve seen 10-year-olds bring brand new laptops to school, 5-year-olds with the latest smartphones, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across parents using an iPad to distract their toddlers from being too loud in public places.

I guess there’s no avoiding it. Advances in technology are bound to affect our youth. Don’t get me wrong. I see the benefits and if I’m being really honest, I think we’re all a little relieved that those loud, little ones have a reason to stop screaming and chasing each other while we’re in line at the bank.

Despite this, I can’t help but feel a little empty as technology continues to replace what’s familiar. Who knows how far this will go? Already in Japan, you can replace your relationship for a virtual girlfriend and who can ignore their plans of virtual waiters?

It can get pretty scary to think about all the changes to come, so we were quite relieved to see this Thai commercial which reminds viewers that no matter what, technology can’t replace everything. Specifically, technology can never replace love.

Check out the adorable video below where a new father learns this lesson first hand.

 

Fashion & Food? Check Out This Perfect Combo in Kara Birkenstock’s “Style Bites”

 

“With a last name like Birkenstock, it was really natural for me to start talking about shoes and fashion,” jokes Kara Birkenstock.

And while you may initially think of the popular German footwear label when you hear her surname, at the rate Kara’s going, it’s only a matter of time before the name will bring to mind the talented and beautiful host of Lifestyle Network’s Style Bites. This daily series, which premiered April of this year, satisfies viewers’ cravings for the two things Kara loves most: fashion and food.

Kara began her love affair with fashion at the age of 15 when she began to model. ”I used to do gymnastics competitively,” Kara recalls. “When I got too tall — I had a big growth spurt when I was 14 — I had to quit gymnastics. So I started to model and I realized my height worked for me.”

The Thai-Filipino American model’s love for food goes back even further. “The Thai side of my family has always been in the restaurant business. My grandma had one of those street carts, and my aunt and mom now have a Thai restaurant in the Bay area.”

So when Lifestyle Network, the newest channel launched by Filipino media group ABS-CBN International, approached Kara and asked her to come up with a concept for a new show, she already had the answer.

“It was a whirlwind experience,” laughs Kara. “They approached me in December and by January we were in production and had 24 features to shoot. It was all airing by March 30th!”

 

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Style Bites features the best of fashion and food in four segments. In “Glam Guide,” Kara shows us some of the biggest fashion trends and red carpet secrets. “Designer Dish” gives us the first look at new and hot designers. “Taste of the Town” features a restaurant or food spot of Kara’s choice, and “Cook Like a Chef” takes us into the kitchens of renown chefs who gladly show us how to make famous dishes.

And above all else, Style Bites gives audiences a chance to watch Kara do what she loves while talking about what she loves.

“I love hosting,” gushes Kara. “This particular experience with Style Bites is like a dream come true. It’s the perfect combination.”

 

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Check out this perfect combination for yoursel.! Style Bites airs daily with new episodes premiering weekly on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here.

 

 

 


 


“Lifestyle Network is the newest channel launched by ABS-CBN International which was created almost 20 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of its flagship product, The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino content distribution company in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home. Based in Redwood City, CA, ABS-CBN International is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company, through ABS-CBN Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft. For more information, visit www.tfc-usa.com.”

Why Everyone Loves Marc Anthony Nicolas, Host of Filipino American Talk Show “On Your Marc!”

 

Out of the countless reasons you should check out Lifestyle Network’s newest talk show On Your Marc!, the biggest reason has got to be the show’s host, Marc Anthony Nicolas.

With his addictive personality and contagious laugh, it is clear that Marc is quite a natural. This may be why many are surprised to discover that this is Marc’s first time actually being in front of the camera. Prior to On Your Marc!, he was a production assistant for a reality series called Starting Over, a casting director for MTV, a booking producer for The Tyra Banks Show, and a three-time Emmy nominated producer for The Talk on CBS.

And even with this impressive list of achievements, he admits that he was once headed towards a different path completely. “I grew up in a Filipino family and, of course, we always want to please [our parents], and my mom and dad wanted me to become a pharmacist,” Marc explains. “So I became a pharmacy assistant, and I while loved helping people and making them smile, I would get home, watch shows and dream of being a TV producer. I would always wait for the end credits, and I always dreamed of my name being there.”

Marc decided to chase his dreams, and with a little luck, some good networking and a natural ability to charm, he eventually got his wish to be TV producer. Seems like a happily ever after, right? Well, not just yet. Marc is clearly someone who enjoys a challenge, so even after achieving the goal of becoming a TV producer, he kept going.

Flash forward to present day and now Marc has stepped out from behind the cameras to host his very own show. On Your Marc! is the first Filipino American talk show that features Hollywood celebrities in a fun, quirky, never-before-seen way.

 

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Marc with Sharon Osbourne

 

“As soon as I found out Lifestyle Network wanted content for their network, I immediately wanted them to look at my pitch for On Your Marc!. I prayed every night and when I found out that they actually wanted the show, I was jumping up and down and I was so excited,” Marc laughs. “I’m part of a network that I’m proud of.”

During the show, celebrity guests participate in quirky, fun games such as the “Question Marc Wheel,” “X Marcs The Spot” and “Book Marc.” Yes, you are seeing a common thread there. Additionally, on every episode he teaches his guest a little Tagalog, the official Philippine language.

“This may be the only Filipino talk show that [the celebrity guest] will ever attend and it is my job as the host and executive producer to set a prime example for the Filipino community. After all, when I grasp my dreams, it is not only for myself, it is also for my community.”

 

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Marc with Olivia Newton John

Marc with Vanessa Lachey

Marc with Vanessa Lachey

 

Check out what all the fuss is about! On Your Marc! airs every Sunday at 9:30 pm on the Lifestyle Network. For more information, click here

 

 

 


“Lifestyle Network is a living and travel guide that understands the lifestyle needs of modern Filipinos around the globe. As multi-faceted as its audience, the channel brings a myriad of entertainment choices that inspire. To the new generation’s citizens of the world, Lifestyle Network is the only guide and companion that helps enrich their lives and expand their universe. Exploring corners of the world. Satiating gustatory curiosity. Creating luxurious havens. Mastering the art of living beautifully. Relaxing and empowering, this is the channel that helps you live your dreams and live your passions.

A TFC premium channel, Lifestyle Network’s programming is a unique combination of original and acquired shows airing 24/7 in English.  Broadcast across the country, it is available through satellite, cable, and video on demand platforms. To find Lifestyle Network in your area and for exclusive content online, visit www.lifestylenetwork.tv. “

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Image of the Day: Mural Combines Feminist Icons Malala And Rosie the Riveter

 

You’re probably familiar with World War II icon, Rosie the Riveter, who represented the strength of the women who took up jobs at factories when men were off at war. To this day, Rosie the Riveter is still seen as an icon for feminism.

One Texas artist, Anat Ronen, wanted to blend the old with the new and create a mural showing both the strength of women in the ’40s and the strength of women today. Who could fill such big shoes as our current icon of strength? Of course, 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

 

 

Malala was only a young girl when she became an activist for the right to education and women’s rights. At the age of 11, she began blogging about her life under Taliban rule. This was so powerful that in 2009, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life. Her actions were seen as unacceptable by the Taliban and in 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by a gunman in an assassination attempt. The strong, young lady survived and continues to fight for what she believes in.

“I felt I wanted to combine a symbol of Western ‘warrior’ with her image, to maximize the symbolism and through somewhat controversy [sic], promote her agenda,” Ronen told BuzzFeed.

 

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Next to the mural, Ronen added one of Malala’s most famous quotes: “All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

“I sensed they felt uneasy with the fact that I am distorting one of America’s greatest symbols,” Ronen added. “After the text was added, everything fell in place and people are able to make the connection and even if they never heard of Malala before, they now do.”

 

Japanese School Girls Turn Innocent Game of Tag Into Badass Parkour

 

When this video began popping up everywhere, I was confused. How could a pair of Japanese school girls get more than a million views on YouTube in just a few days?

The video starts off innocently enough. The girls are playing and chasing each other around school. Suddenly, one jumps over a trash can and begins flipping in the hallway. Well, that was unexpected … WOAH, did she just jump off a building!?

Before you know it, an innocent chase between two young school girls becomes an epic show of parkour skills.

 

 

As it turns out, one of the girls, Fuka Yoshino, is a professional kickboxer and athlete. They certainly had me fooled there. The video keeps viewers impressed and entertained the entire time. Now I wonder why it doesn’t have even more views.

At the very end of the video, the girls playfully open up a bottle of a citrus soft drink called C.C. Lemon. Yup, it turns out this incredibly epic video is just an ad for a beverage.

 

 

 

 

These Incredibly Talented Asian Children Will Make You Wonder What You’ve Been Doing With Your Life

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard the saying that Asian children are over-achievers. Apparently in our youth, we all mastered 100 instruments, learned 50 languages, filled our days with extra-curriculars and still managed to get straight A’s. Oh, and we all knew Kung Fu too.

Well I’ve either forgotten most of those abilities or maybe, just maybe, that myth is just a myth after all. I’m gonna go ahead and lean towards the latter since the closest I’ve gotten to being musically talented are my 20 minute singing-in-the-shower concerts and the only thing I know about Kung Fu is that movies are awesome with it.

My point is, we are not all superhuman and every time I come across non-Asians who make that assumption, I wonder where they got that idea from. But then I stumble upon all the talented Asian children on YouTube and the assumptions begin to make sense to me.

They’re right– these kids are superhumans.

It’s hard to believe that these little ones possess such talent and natural ability. Check out our list of talented Asian children and be prepared to be blown away.  As for me, I’m going to go curl up in a ball and wonder what I’ve been doing with my life.

 

1) Ryan Wang, 5-year-old piano prodigy
What were you doing at 5? Ryan Wang was performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall after a mere year and half of lessons. Here he is performing for one of his biggest fans– a 101-year-old family friend.

 

 

2) Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong, young Filipino musicians
This duo put up a cover of “Dance with My Father” on YouTube and it skyrocketed into viral fame. For months, no one could identify who they were so Ellen went to find them.

 

3) Mahiro-Chan, the most fierce 7-year-old martial artist
Forget cuteness, this 7-year-old will destroy you with her Kankudai skills. Mahiro-chan moves with an intensity, fierceness and speed that would impress any martial artist.

 

4) An entire class of talented Korean musicians 
This 2nd grade class in an elementary school in Daegu, South Korea gives an impressive cover of Nujabes’ “Aquarian Dance.”

 

5) Three Dancers with mind-blowing choreography 
Performing for DANCE@LIVE Japan 2014.

 

 

6) 4-year-old Rocker
Watch this lil guy perform a drum cover of System of A Down’s “Chop Suey.”

 

7) Sean Lew who began dancing at the age of 4
This professional dancer (he turned pro 3 years ago) has 7 years of dance experience, including international performances with collectiveUth and a stint on Glee.

 

8) Joyce Jimenez, a blind 11-year-old with an amazing voice
Residing in the Philippines, Joyce Jimenez belts out a cover of “Wrecking Ball” while following along to braille lyrics.

 

 

9) Tiny Hip-Hop Dancer
Both cute and talented, this little one has no problem following along to the choreo.

 

 

 

10) Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun
Watch him give Whitney Housten a run for her money in his cover of “I Will Always Love You.”