Kumail Nanjiani Plays ‘Tweet or Literature” on Conan

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Kumail Nanjiani, who I’ve written about twice in connection with his hilarious HBO series Silicon Valley, was on Conan two nights ago and footage is available to stream now. Rather than appear as the third guest to do stand-up as he has on other talk shows this is Nanjiani’s second booking with Conan where he gets couch time and an actual interview.

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HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Co-Starring Kumail NanJiani, Makes Its Debut

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Nestled in between the season premieres of two of the channel’s biggest hits, Game of Thrones and Veep, last night HBO aired the series premiere of its new half-hour comedy series Silicon Valley. As a satire of the tech industry, it’s not surprising that in addition to one of the regular supporting characters being played by Pakistani-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani, the show has multiple other small characters played by South Asians. Fortunately the show is smart enough to avoid painting them as ethnic stereotypes, and instead looks to be a great platform for young South Asian actors to get some work.

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M.I.A. Performs With Janelle Monae as a Hologram

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Sometimes M.I.A. can be so irreverent that her antics – such as flipping the bird during Madonna’s Superbowl performance – can overshadow her music. This is a shame because in addition to having amassed a critically-acclaimed body of work, including a few singles that have found major crossover success in the mainstream world, she is also often at the forefront of new technology. Last night she took the stage in New York while Janelle Monae did so in Los Angeles, and at some point during the night they appeared on each other’s stages as holograms to perform a pair of songs together.

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“Bend It Like Beckham” Star Parminder Nagra Co-Stars on NBC’s “The Blacklist”

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Although Parminder Nagra began racking up TV and film credits since she was a teenager, it was 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham that gave the actress (who was 27 at the time) her major breakthrough. Now she can be seen weekly on NBC’s crime drama The Blacklist as FBI agent Meera Malik.

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Watch Vampire Weekend Perform “Unbelievers” on The Tonight Show

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Earlier this week Vampire Weekend performed “Unbelievers” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song is off the band’s self-titled album, which topped countless critics’ best of 2013 lists. Although at live shows group member Rostam Batmanglij (who is the son of Iranian immigrants) primarily sticks to keyboards and backing vocals, on Vampire Weekend’s albums he is a producer, arranger, composer, and programmer, among other things.  Click here to watch the performance.

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Rappers Heems and Riz MC Team Up as Swet Shop Boys,” Release Debut Single

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After dropping two mixtapes in 2012, Heems (a.k.a. Himanshu Suri, formerly of Das Racist) had a decidedly low profile last year.  Fortunately fans hungry for fresh bars from the rapper have a wealth of new material to look forward to.  In addition to finishing up his first proper solo album, Heems has teamed up with London-based actor and rapper Riz MC (a.k.a. Riz Ahmed) for a joint project under the moniker Swet Shop Boys.

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