Congratulations to Maurice Lim Miller, and An-My Le. Both have been selected as 2012 MacArthur Fellows which carries a $500,000 no-strings-attached support.
MacArthur Foundation announced today 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2012. The recipients learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.
One of the recipients is Oakland, California's Maurice Lim Miller, 66, a leader in the development of services and systems designed to break the cycle of economic dependency for low-income families across the United States.
Frustrated by the frequent recidivism into poverty he witnessed during his two decades with Asian Neighborhood Design, an agency focused on tenant rights, job training, and youth development, Lim Miller founded the Family Independence Initiative (FII) in 2001 with the goal of helping low-income working families—who often struggle in isolated circumstances or without clear direction—build their own pathways to self-sufficiency. FII has evolved into a national model that taps into the initiative and capability of low-income households to maximize their own networks and resources and guide themselves out of poverty.
An-My Le, 52, from Annandale-on-Hudson, New York also received a phone call that she is a new 2012 MacArthur Fellow. She is a photographer approaching the subjects of war and landscape from ew perspectives to create images that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction and are rich with layers of meaning. Read more about the twenty-three MacArthur Fellows online at: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2012/
Working across a broad spectrum of endeavors, the Fellows include a pediatric neurosurgeon, a marine ecologist, a journalist, a...
Manu Narayan Photo by Lia Chang
After much-acclaimed success with Varli Magazine, the Varli Food Festival, and the Varli Cook-Off, the Varli brand continues to expand its reach with the first annual Varli Culinary Awards on November 15, 2012, at The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. in New York.
The evening will be hosted by internationally acclaimed Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, along with Bombay Dream star Manu Narayan (The Love Guru), fresh from his electrifying turn as Richard Roma in La Jolla Playhouse’s revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, and Pooja Kumar (Vishwaroop, Man on A Ledge).
The highly esteemed panel of judges includes celebrity judges, renowned food correspondents, and culinary experts such as Vikas Khanna, Jehangir Mehta, Monica Bhide, Rajesh Bhardwaj, Prasad Chirnomula, Hari Nayak.
This revolutionary concept will be the first global awards event honoring the best culinary talent in an array of categories related to Indian cuisine. “It was time to give credit where credit’s due. We really wanted to recognize and applaud the contributions and amazing achievements of Indian chefs, restaurateurs, and key influencers on the international culinary stage,” says Varli Singh, founder of the Varli brand.
In continuation of Varli’s mission to universally promote Indian cuisine, contestants spaning...
Kudos to Rick Shiomi, an award-winning Japanese Canadian playwright, director and the Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, for receiving the 2012 Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement, at the 8th annual Ivey Awards, which were held at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on Monday, September 24, 2012.
“This award is truly a recognition of the talented performers, writers and directors that have gathered at Mu. It’s only through many wonderful Mu productions such as Into The Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Yellow Face,Asiamnesia and Flower Drum Song that a company such as Mu Performing Arts can have the impact warranting such recognition,” said Shiomi.
There are no set categories for the Iveys, the Twin Cities’ annual celebration which honors and showcases the work of professional theater companies and artists over the past year. The Lifetime Achievement Award...
September 21, 2012
In life, its sometimes having the luck of perfect timing that counts!
Mike Kai was on a flight today to LAX when the captain of his aircraft announces he is diverting his plane to make way for Endeavour's historic arrival.
Mike could see Endeavour on the back of a Boeing 747 right outside his plane window.
As soon as Mike lands, he runs and jumps into a cab and asks the driver to take him to the South runway to watch Endeavour arrive.
Mike shoots this 32 second video just in time as Endeavour lands!
After his Mom asked him to teach her the dance moves, hip-hop dancer and choreographer Mike Song taught his 60 year old Mom to dance to PSY's hit single "Gangnam Style." Then he uploaded the video "Gangnam Style Mom/Umma Gangnam Style" on his Youtube channel for fun.
Now, millions of hits later here's Mike and his Mom dancing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to 'Gangnam Style' the 2012 Korean hit pop single by rapper/dancer PSY.
Not only is Mike Song a great dancer, his Mom Laura's got the moves down, too!
Mike Song is a University of California Irvine grad, and was the director of a dance group called Kaba Modern which made it all the way to the finals on MTVs "America's Best Dance Crew."
TV show Road Trip Nation Live interviewed Mike Song a few months ago in Costa Mesa, CA.
We look forward to more from Mike Song, his Mom, and the South Korean rapper/dancer/singer-songwriter Park Jae-Sang, who goes by the stage name PSY the creator of the hit song and viral video "Gangnam Style."
PSY has also appeared on numerous television shows including The Today Show. PSY taught his dance moves to Britney Spears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and made an appearance on Saturday Night Live during a skit on 'Gangnam Style."
Park Jae-Sang grew up in South Korea, went to Boston University and Berklee College of Music before starting his career as a South Korean singer-songwiter, rapper, dance musician and record producer.
Check out Mike Song and his Mom Laura's Youtube video below.
And the original 'Gangnam Style' video by PSY, which as of this posting has nearly 225 million views!
Rapper/Dancer/Musician PSY takes the world by storm with his hit song "Gangnam Style" viral video on YouTube Photo Youtube