Constance Wu Warns ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Could Take a While

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“Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu believes that the highly-anticipated sequel to Warner Bros.’ blockbuster movie will not be created anytime soon.

Speaking at Vulture Festival on Saturday, Wu suggested that the film’s progress depends on director Jon M. Chu’s schedule.

“I don’t know much about the production side of things,” Wu said at the Los Angeles event. “But I know that Jon wants to direct the next one, and all next year he’s directing ‘In The Heights.’”

According to Deadline, Wu is also unsure whether the plan follows the next two books in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy, namely “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems.”

Released in the aptly-called “Asian August,” “Crazy Rich Asians” grossed $26.5 million on its opening weekend at the U.S. box office.

It has also become the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nine years after finishing Labor Day with $117 million.

Warner Bros. reportedly confirmed the development of a “Crazy Rich Asians” sequel shortly after its release. Screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim will return to do the script.

In Kwan’s second book “China Rich Girlfriend,” Rachel Chu (Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) head to China to find Rachel’s father, who she had never known.

While Wu will not be back for a “crazy rich” sequel soon, she is considering a role in the upcoming Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers.”

“I met the director of that movie and I really liked it. I liked the script, and I liked the director,” Wu said.

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Meet Vietnam’s ‘Queen of Hip Hop’ Who Freestyled for Obama in 2016

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Remember when a young Vietnamese woman freestyled for Barack Obama when he visited Vietnam in 2016?

In case you need a refresher, here’s the video:

The rap took place in a town hall style forum in Ho Chi Minh City with the former U.S. President.

Vietnam is not normally known for modern music, much less hip hop. Suboi, otherwise known as the “Queen of Hip Hop” in Vietnam continues to break stereotypes despite other artists fearing repercussions from the government.

“It’s my home, it’s where I grew up,” the rapper, singer and songwriter had said in an interview when asked why she still lives in Saigon despite the censorship.

She has rapped about not only stereotypes, but love, family and daily life.

“For Vietnamese people it’s different, they think like rapping is not for women,” she said.

Her real name is Hàng Lâm Trang Anh. While that hasn’t changed, her success has. Even before rapping for Obama, Suboi had made her American debut in performing at SWSX Music Festival in 2015 and opening for Skrillex. She was the first Vietnamese artist in the history of the festival to perform.

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Suboi is unapologetic in her writing. She started writing her own versus when she was nine and improved her English by listening and rapping along with the likes of Will Smith when she was 14.

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The name Suboi came from “Su,” being her nickname from home, and “boi,” from her friends as a self-confessed tomboy, according to her online biography.

“When I started to discover rap it was like a confirmation that I can speak in whatever way I want – that it’s bigger than the rules, it’s about expression, communicating, exchanging knowledge, having a voice!” she said.

Suboi started her own company, Suboi Entertainment, in 2012 and since has had many successful collaborations. One of her most watched YouTube videos has almost 2 million views.

Suboi has also just recently released a collaboration with American-Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada titled “Too Proud.”

 

 

People on SNAP aren’t who you think. Case in point, this hard-working couple.

Gideon and Lina Ramirez are college-educated, employed parents of three kids. They’re also living on food stamps.

“We’re a happy family of five,” says Lina. She works part-time from home as a graphics designer while Gideon is in his last year at Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia.

“He’s training to be an emergency room doctor,” says Lina proudly. “If anyone can do it, it’s him. He’s probably the most calm and cool-headed person on the planet.”

The pair met by chance while living in California. “We just kind of bumped into each other in the neighborhood,” says Lina.

The two began spending more time together, until life intervened and they had to part ways. However, not long after, Gideon got into Brigham Young, and they found themselves back in the same state again rekindling their romance. Soon they were married, and shortly after that, their first daughter, Eugenia, was born.

“When my first one came, I could still do full-time,” says Lina. “I was living in Utah with family, and my mother and father were kind enough to really help out.”

But then their son, Sebastian, was born around the same time that Gideon got into medical school, and their situation became exponentially more difficult.

Gideon was offered a spot at Thomas Jefferson University, so the family relocated. “When we moved to Philadelphia, I didn’t have any friends or family there,” says Lina. “It was a lot harder to find childcare for two, so I decided to work part-time from home.”

But with two kids, a part-time job, and a husband in medical school, Lina’s life began to get hectic.

Gideon’s full schedule of classes, training, and studying made it impossible for him to maintain a job. Lina found herself caring for two children and trying to support her family on a part-time salary. Time was short and money was tight. “If I had a way to clone myself, then we would have been fine,” she jokes. “But I just didn’t have enough hours in a day.”

After their third child, Margot, was born, the Ramirezes were forced to admit that they needed help.

Lina realized that she wasn’t going to be able to raise their three children, maintain their household, and sustain five people financially. So the family applied for food assistance.

At first, Lina was hesitant. “I was afraid of what people might think. I was afraid of what I would think [of] myself,” she says. “I was just kind of embarrassed.”

Eventually, she realized that food assistance was a perfectly respectable solution — and the best way to allow Gideon to finish medical school on schedule and go back to working full-time. “Gideon was like, ‘you know, we really can’t do it on our own,’” says Lina. “And it was only for a little bit, because he’s almost done with school. So that’s when we decided.”

They applied to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and their case was approved and they were granted a food assistance card.

Now, Lina has time to raise her kids as best she can — which includes cooking with the groceries she buys with her SNAP benefits.

“Margot and I go grocery shopping once a week,” Lina says. “I have so many bags because I make everything from scratch.” Her cooking includes a combination of her native Hispanic food and her husband’s Hawaiian fare. SNAP benefits allow her to purchase whole foods and ingredients.

“Being on these food stamps gives me the time to be able to know what I’m feeding my children.”

It also helps her be a better mom for her kids. “It’s really brought balance to the house,” Lina says. “They need me! They’re so little, they’re my priority. I still work part-time and try to squeeze in my adult life while they’re sleeping. But it’s less stressful.”

Lina’s no longer embarrassed about using food stamps — and she is adamant that no one else should be either.

“When you meet with your caseworker, they realize that you’re in need. They’re not judging you,” she says.

Lina knows that there’s still a stigma associated with people who use food stamps, but it doesn’t concern her. “They’re not on there because they’re lazy. They’re on there because they’re in need.”

Food stamps allow Lina to care for her children while Gideon finishes his education. The program isn’t holding them back — it’s helping them get ahead.

Gideon is almost done with medical school, and the family will move again when he gets his hospital assignment in March. Lina’s biggest challenge is no longer struggling to feed her kids — it’s helping them get ready for the future. Right now she’s working on explaining their upcoming move to Eugenia, who will be starting kindergarten next fall.

“I say to her, ‘Honey, there’s a chance that we might not be here [in Philadelphia], but you’ll get to meet new friends and go somewhere new,'” says Lina. “And she’s just like, ‘Okay, in that case I wanna move to Disney World!’”

Though Eugenia’s plans might be a little overly optimistic, the Ramirezes are undeniably looking forward to a bright, independent future.

“I think everyone who goes onto the food stamp program is hoping for their situation to change, and is working toward that,” says Lina. “We just need a little bit of help to get us past that challenge.”

Bruno Mars Donates 24,000 Thanksgiving Meals to Hawaiians After Tour

Following the massive success of his “24K Magic” album and international tour which concluded at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu this past Sunday, Bruno Mars gave back to people in need in his homeland of Hawaii.

Mars reportedly partnered with the Salvation Army’s 48th annual Thanksgiving Dinner meal program to provide 24,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

Both a critical and commercial success, the entire tour earned a gross revenue of over $357.5 million.

Prior to his final tour leg in Hawaii, he shared an image of his younger self, holding a microphone on Instagram.

“I’ve missed you all and I can’t wait to perform and sing on the island I call home,” Mars wrote.

In a statement, Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands division leader, Major Jeff Martin, expressed his appreciation of Mars’ donation, CNN reports.

“We are humbled and honored by this generous donation from Hawaii’s own Bruno Mars,” Martin was quoted as saying.

“Bruno is a shining example of how people in Hawaii step forward and take care of one another and we are grateful to him for his aloha and kokua.”

 

TOMS founder makes an emotional announcement pledging $5 million to tackle gun violence.

TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie made a record-breaking announcement on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

TOMS, the shoe brand made famous for its buy one, give one business model, is taking its giving to the next level. Founder Blake Mycoskie is taking on the issue of gun violence, and supporting grassroots efforts to quell America’s unique and ongoing problem.

Mycoskie told Jimmy Fallon that the company would be donating $5 million to organizations working to end gun violence—the single largest corporate donation of its kind so far.

He also announced that the TOMS website now has a way for people to easily and quickly let Congress know they want to see legislative action on this issue. Filling out a simple form with your name, address, and email will automatically send a physical postcard to your state’s representatives to tell them you want them to support universal background checks—a legislative move more than 90% of Americans say they support. Sending the postcard literally takes 30 seconds—less if you have autofill provide your info.

Some people believe guns already can’t be purchased legally without a background check. They’re wrong.

Federal law does require licensed gun sellers to conduct background checks on people purchasing a firearm. However, not all gun sales are conducted by licensed gun dealers. Private sellers can sell a gun at a gun show or online without conducting a background check. This “gun show loophole,”which is really just a private seller loophole, means that a person can legally purchase a gun without a background check as long as they aren’t buying from a licensed dealer.

Opponents of gun control legislation who claim that background checks are already required are either purposefully overlooking the private sales exception, or they don’t know that it exists. (For a peer-reviewed article explaining all of this, go here.)

With more than 30,000 gun deaths each year, the U.S. is a complete outlier among developed nations when it comes to gun violence. Some say mental illness and not guns is the problem, but we don’t have higher rates of mental illness than other nations. Others point to lack of respect for life or some kind of vague “evil” to explain gun violence, but there’s no evidence that Americans are more evil than other people in developed nations.

What does set us apart from every other developed country where citizens can legally buy and own guns is our easy and ubiquitous access to guns, along with inconsistent state and local gun laws. That’s why we need to focus on sensible gun legislation at the federal level.

Mycoskie’s wife and son prompted this decision to tackle gun violence.

Supporting issues in American society appears to be the next logical step in the company’s philanthropy. Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS in 2006 as a way to provide shoes to kids around the world who don’t have them. His One for One business model, where for every product purchased one is donated, has resulted in more than 80 million pairs of shoes being donated through TOMS Shoes, more than 400,000 pairs of glasses through TOMS Eyewear and 335,000 weeks of safe drinking water through TOMS Roasting Company.

Mycoskie teared up as he explained to Jimmy Fallon what prompted the generous donation to end gun violence.

“Twelve days ago,” he said, “the shootings happened in Thousand Oaks. And my wife called me, and she was scared, and she said, ‘I’m not taking our son to school today. This happened two weeks ago in a synagogue, and a yoga studio, and someone has to do something about it.'” Mycoskie says he got off the phone with her and thought about it, and said, “You know what? Dammit, we’re going to do something about it.”

The organizations that will receive the money include Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, March for Our Lives and others who Mycoskie calls “the most amazing organizations who are working hard on the ground every day to end gun violence.”

Go to the TOMS website to let your legislators know you’re part of the 90% who support universal background checks. Though certainly not a comprehensive solution to America’s gun violence problem, at least it’s a start.

 

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