Last night I caught Marvel’s latest superhero sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and my eyes and ears perked up upon the appearance of one of the film’s smaller roles, that of Councilman Nagendra Singh. Here was this actor, who I knew I had seen countless times on screen and was clearly South Asian; yet despite running this blog I could not recall the man’s name. After disappearing down an internet rabbit hole for an hour or two I can now shine a bit of a spotlight on Bernard White, a regularly working actor with nearly 100 credits to his name from about 30 years in Hollywood.
Over the past year former Das Racist member Heems took a break from releasing solo material to put out music from artists like Le1f and Antwon on his label Greedhead Music. But 2014 looks like it will be a banner year for the rapper/label owner, who recently dropped the banger “Benny Lava” from his new duo Swet Shop Boys. Then in the past week he revealed a completely ridiculous rap jingle he recorded for a Japanese Vitamin Water commercial, and shared his new track for Anthony Bourdain’s CNN travel show, Parts Unknown.
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.
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.
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.
Fox recently became the first of the big five broadcast TV networks (yes the CW still counts) to make a major announcement regarding renewals for their primetime programs. The Mindy Project is officially picked up for what will be its third season. Fellow comedies Brooklyn-Nine-Nine and The New Girl were renewed as well, along with dramas The Following, Sleepy Hollow, and Bones.
Kumail Nanjiani has amassed a couple dozen film and TV credits in just several years but he his upcoming role on HBO’s forthcoming half-hour comedy series Silicon Valley definitely his most prominent yet. Nanjiani is one of the five leads – all of whom are talented comedic actors that deserve more exposure. Check out the poster, which spoofs the iconic cover of Steve Jobs’ biography.