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GORILLAZ ON BLADE 2
The soundtrack from the film "Blade 2" features a number
of unique pairings between electronic and hip-hop artists
such as Redman's collaboration with animated act Gorillaz,
"Gorillaz on My Mind," is slated to be the first single. The
soundtrack also features partnerships between Mystikal and
Moby (Gettin' Aggressive), the Roots and BT (Tao of the Machine),
and Bubba Sparxxx and the Crystal Method (PHDream).
Margaret Cho has signed a distribution deal with Wellspring
Media, which helped her on the video/dvd release of "I'm the
One That I Want." "Notorious
C.H.O." -- The Movie, will be released in theaters nationwide
starting July 3rd and June 28th in LA. The film's trailer
can be seen by clicking HERE.
"Notorious C.H.O. Live at Carnegie Hall" c.d. will be released
nationwide on June 18th. The recording was taped at the final
show of the 37-city tour in NYC at Carnegie Hall. "I'm
The One That I Want" begins airing in rotation on Sundance
Channel on May 1st at 9:00 pm ET.
THE USAGE OF THE WORD "ORIENTAL" IS PROHIBITED
Washington State Governor Gary Locke recently signed
into law a bill that prohibits the use of the word "Oriental"
on all state and local government statutes, codes, rules,
regulations, and other official documents. The law takes effect
JACKIE CHAN MOVIES
Jackie Chan will star in the new film "Art of War." (not
a remake of the Wesley Snipes film of the same name.) This
expensive film ($70 - $80M) is based on the 2,000 year-old
writings of Chinese warrior Sun Tzu. Filming will start in
a few months after he has finished the film "Operation Condor
ACCUSED RECEIVING SPECIAL PREFERENCE
A letter circulated by Atherton Democrat Anna G. Eshoo
and signed by 54 other members asks the White House to issue
a "public denunciation" of an op-ed in publications called
Jewish World Review and Front Page Magazine. The column bangs
away at the administration's airport security policy for not
relying on ethnic profiling, and lambastes Mineta as a man
who gets choice government jobs "solely and exclusively because
he is a minority." The
congressional letter condemns the "racist and hateful language"
of the piece and asked President Bush to do the same.
The writer is Ann Coulter, a darling of conservatives who
parted company with the National Review online publication
over her exhortation that in the war on terrorism, the United
States should "invade their countries, kill their leaders
and convert them to Christianity."
KEIKO MATSUI AND HIROSHIMA APPEAR @ AWARD SHOW
Keiko Matsui was one of the performers at the 3rd Annual
National Smooth Jazz Awards at the Golden Hall Theater in
San Diego. Other performers included Al Jarreau, Peter White,
Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale, Fattburger, Everette Harp and
Members of Hiroshima were presenters at the show. Other presenters
included Boz Scaggs, Norman Brown, Harvey Mason, Nathan East,
Richard Elliot, Pete Escovedo, David Benoit, George Duke,
Paul Taylor, Marilyn Scott and Bobby Caldwell.
CHANG'S NEXT FIGHT EVENT
Chang & Sidney Wilson of J.W. Promotions presents upcoming
fight card featuring Asian American fighter Rico Tan (4-0-2)
vs. Jeff Passero on Friday: May 3, 2002 AT Detroit's Southfield
Ramada - along with many other fights. For further info, contact
them by clicking HERE.
Rico Tan is the hottest thing to come out of (Toronto GTA)
Canada since Rush. His all action style has stolen the show
on every boxing card he's fought on. He is currently rated
#2 by the Canadian Professional Boxing Federation and is the
top challenger in The World Boxing Syndicate's America's division.
GM SIGNS FIRST NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN CAMPAIGN
As an outgrowth of the Center for Expertise on Diversity,
GM significantly expanded its relationship with Elcid Choi's
Innovasia ad agency by making them its agency of record, making
it the first Asian-American ad agency to represent all GM
brands on a national level. In
2000, the automaker hired Innovasia for an advertising campaign
aimed at the Chinese and Korean markets in San Francisco.
In 2000, ad spending on Asian Americans was estimated at $363
million. In comparison, ad spending on African Americans and
Hispanics was $1.5 billion and $2.1 billion, respectively,
according Ad Age.
MINORITIES NOT USING DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
*According to statistics from the New York Times, most
job seekers residing in the NYC metro area do not participate
in workplace diversity programs. The
stats show that only 21% of minority job seekers say they
have ever participated in a workplace program aimed at increasing
diversity, while: 59% of hiring managers at mid-to-large companies
(100+ employees) report that their companies offer diversity
programs and 35% of hiring managers at small companies (fewer
than 100 employees) say their companies offer such programs.
Diversity programs appear to have a positive impact on the
proportion of non-whites in management positions among those
companies that have such programs. Companies without diversity
programs have a significantly lower percentage of non-whites
in management positions (28%) than companies with diversity
programs (49%), even though the overall proportion of non-whites
employed at companies with and without diversity programs
is not significantly different (52% with, 46% without).
CHINA WANTS YAO MING'S NBA MONEY
Yao Ming, an agile 7'5" player, is widely expected to
be among the top three draft picks. He runs the floor like
a small forward, finds open teammates cutting to the basket,
delivers a jump hook flawlessly and shoots 80 percent from
the free throw line
of the new rules, requires Chinese athletes abroad to turn
over at least half their pretax earnings, including endorsement
income, to Chinese government agencies for the length of their
careers. That could cost Yao millions of dollars a year.
was born to two Shanghai basketball players whose own careers
were hampered by the Cultural Revolution. They enrolled their
only son in a government sports school when he was 9, and
he has been living and breathing basketball since where (at
14) was towering over the other kids. His
talents have made Yao one of China's few nationally recognized
athletes, attracting sponsors like Nike and now Adidas, and
making Shanghai a regular stop for basketball talent scouts.
ALIENS TO SURRENDER IN 30 DAYS
and Naturalization Service (INS) is immediately implementing
rule changes governing an alien's ability to begin a course
of study and proposing significant changes to the rules governing
the period of time visitors are permitted to remain in the
is proposing procedures that would require an alien with a
final order of removal to surrender to the Service within
30 days of the issuance of that order. Under the new
proposed rule, aliens disregarding this duty will be prohibited
from acquiring future immigration benefits. INS
is forwarding all three rules to the Federal Register for
publication and public comment.
JET LI AND DMX IN "CRADLE" MOVIE
*DMX and Jet Li have begun production on the Warner Bros.
Picture "Cradle 2 the Grave." PLOT:
When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless
diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves
(DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence
officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock
to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to
distribute a deadly new weapon of war.