Non-profit grassroots movement Kollaboration is celebrating what the Asian American community has to offer in the world of media and entertainment with its annual STAR Showcase.
The STAR Showcase, which will be held at Café Club Fais Do-Do in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, features six artists who were chosen through a nationwide series of talent competitions to vie for the National Kollaboration Champion title.
2019 Kollaboration STAR finalists include experimental pop artist from LA Jett Kwong, La folk-soul singer The Young Sun, Atlanta band Qing Mu, Atlanta beatboxer Charlie Shin, San Francisco rapper Chase Blue, and San Francisco singer Rachel Bergado.
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You took us as safe, that was your first mistake. Who took us as safe? STAND UP! Introducing @dumbfoundead as one of our hosts for #KollaborationSTAR2019 🌠 ! Dumbfoundead is a Korean-American rapper, actor, and writer with a voice that is not afraid to be socially conscious in the hip-hop scene. His recent releases include “We Might Die” and “Café Bleu,” and his music video “Safe” brings to attention the underrepresentation of people of color in Hollywood. He has been participated in numerous rap battles & documentaries, is currently signed with 88rising, and has collaborated with artists such as Epik High, Anderson Paak, Jay Park, Keith Ape, DPR Live, Clara, and many more. Experience an unforgettable evening of live music, entertainment, and community as Kollaboration presents some of the best local up-and-coming artists in the Asian American scene. See you there! 🎊 Tickets & Info: kollaboration.org/star2019 🎉 Press GOING to our FB event!
Kollaboration STAR will be hosted by rapper Dumbfounded and Kollaboration board member and actress Minji Chang.
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🙌 Now THIS is why we have a show! @danieldaekim joins us as our final #KollaborationSTAR2019🌠 judge! Our Kollab judges are entertainment industry veterans & are ready to see YOU at our showcase & wrap party! 🎊 TIX: kollaboration.org/star2019 DANIEL DAE KIM has made a career of creating multifaceted & stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director, & producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on “Hawaii Five-0,” Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series “Lost,” for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, & was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment, and has twice been named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.” Born in South Korea & raised in New York +Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. He began his career on stage with “Romeo and Juliet” & “A Doll’s House,” and furthered his career at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. He received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of “The King and I,” & the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater. Outside of his artistic endeavors, he actively pursues interests in the community at large, having served as Cultural Envoy & Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the US at the World Expo in Korea. After receiving his MFA, Kim’s career continued with roles in “The Jackal,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Hulk, Academy Award-winning “Crash,” the Divergent Series films, “CSI,” “ER,” several animated series & films, “Hellboy,” & “Always Be My Maybe.” 3AD Media was established by Kim to produce premier content for TV, film and digital media and has a first-look development deal with Amazon Studios. Committed to storytelling featuring characters and cultures underrepresented in today’s media, 3AD produced projects include the hit series The Good Doctor.
Actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim, chief sustainability officer at Comcast Susan Jin Davis, and singer-songwriter Travis Atreo will serve as the guest judges for the showcase, according to Kollaboration’s social media accounts.
“It has been incredible to witness the rise of Asian Americans in diversity across entertainment,” says Chang. “We have learned that this work of creating lasting change is truly a collaborative effort and we are happy to celebrate our Asian American game changers from on stage and behind the scenes.”
The event will also feature performances by rock band Meg & Dia, Asian American improv troupe the Asian AF Superteam Voltron, and rapper Ruby Ibarra and choreographer Shaun Evaristo will give a collaborative performance.
Kollaboration will end the night with its first-ever wrap party, featuring live DJs from the Asian American community.
Join Kollaboration in celebrating Asian American accomplishments in 2019 with tickets available here.