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Boy band SB19 ready to spread Filipino music around the world through their first-ever global tour

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  • SB19, a five-member Filipino boy band, has embarked on their first-ever global tour with stops in the U.S., including New York and California.
  • Shortly after making their U.S. TV debut on Friday to perform their first English single “WYAT (Where You At),” the boy band reflected on their journey with NextShark.
  • “The main goal of the group is to put Filipino music on a higher profile or for the Filipino music to be known in the global scene,” says Pablo, the band’s leader and main rapper. “We have the pressure on our backs, but we’re trying to do our best so the whole world can get a good impression of who Filipinos are.”

Top Filipino boy band SB19 is currently on their first-ever global tour with stops in the U.S., including New York and California. As the band settled in New York, they spoke with NextShark about their experiences in the Big Apple. 

SB19 is a five-member Filipino boy band that was trained under ShowBT Philippines beginning in 2016. The band, which consists of Pablo, Stell, Ken, Justin and Josh, debuted in 2018 with their ballad single “Tilaluha.”

‘I only write love songs’: 88rising’s Stephanie Poetri dishes on her love language and new single ‘Breakfast in Bed’

  • 88rising singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri released her new single “Breakfast in Bed” with American rapper Gnash.
  • The collaboration is the latest in her discography following her EP “oh to be in love” last March. 
  • Poetri spoke with NextShark ahead of the single’s drop and revealed her love languages, favorite breakfast foods and the K-pop girl groups she currently can’t get enough of.
  • She is slated to perform at 88rising’s Head in the Clouds festivals in Manila and in her hometown of Jakarta this December.

“I think people can tell, I can tell that I’m more honest and happier to talk about my own experiences,” Stephanie Poetri tells NextShark over a Zoom call.

The 22-year-old Indonesian singer-songwriter might be best known for her “Avengers: Endgame”-inspired hit song “I Love You 3000,” but she has more than 3,000 ways to express love within her discography and life. 

Thai soloist Sorn releases new single and reflects on what it means to be ‘Nirvana Girl’

  • Sorn, a former member of K-pop girl group CLC, released a new digital single on Sep. 15 titled “Nirvana Girl,” featuring vocals from her former CLC groupmate Yeeun and choreography from her former CLC groupmate Seungyeon. 
  • This will be Sorn’s first new music project with Yeeun and Seungyeon since CLC’s official disbandment announcement back in May. 
  • The Thai soloist, who is currently signed by WILD Entertainment Group, has released three singles so far this year: “Save Me,” “Scorpio” and “Sharp Objects.” 
  • Sorn sat down with NextShark ahead of the single’s release to chat about what her solo journey has been like and what it means to be a “Nirvana Girl.”

“I don’t feel like I can really, fully inspire anyone just yet,” Sorn tells NextShark over the phone while in South Korea.

The 25-year-old Thai artist has come a long way since becoming a K-pop trainee under CUBE Entertainment at age 15. With a decade of experience under her belt – nearly seven of which were with the now-disbanded K-pop girl group CLC – Sorn has journeyed as a soloist down a road of humility.

Lawsuit accusing New York City officials of discriminating against Asian American students thrown out by judge

  • Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos has junked a lawsuit that aimed to stop a 2018 diversity initiative that the plaintiffs say discriminated against Asian American students.
  • The lawsuit, filed by civil rights organizations and Asian American parents of public school students, claimed that the admissions changes made by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former City Education Chancellor Richard A. Carranza violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • The diversity initiative changed the admissions processes of eight prestigious high schools in a bid to increase the number of low-income students in the most selective high schools in New York.
  • By altering the eligibility criteria to target admissions from lower-income schools, more slots were made available at such schools, resulting in a 5-20 percent increase in each school's incoming class.
  • Several Asian American civic and parent groups argued that the initiative violated the Equal Protection Clause since most of the low-income students who qualify for it are Black or Hispanic.
  • In his ruling, Ramos made note of 2019 and 2020 data that showed the number of Asian American students at selective high schools still rose even after the changes were imposed.

A New York court has junked a lawsuit accusing city officials of discriminating against Asian American students during the 2018 selective high school admissions process in the city. 

According to the lawsuit filed by civil rights organizations and parents of public school students, the admissions changes made by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former city education chancellor Richard A. Carranza violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

Asian American founder sells anti-acne brand for $630 million

JU RHYU HERO COSMETICS
  • Hero Cosmetics, an award-winning acne-focused skincare brand, was acquired by manufacturing giant Church & Dwight for $630 million this week.
  • Co-founded by Ju Rhyu in 2017, Hero Cosmetics is best known for its Mighty Patch, a hydrocolloid sticker that is claimed to heal acne breakouts without popping pimples.
  • Rhyu, who battled breakouts herself, realized the wonders of hydrocolloids, a waterproof dressing typically used for wounds, while she was living in Seoul several years ago.
  • In addition to its pimple patches, Hero Cosmetics now sells other products such as cleansers, toners and moisturizers.
  • Rhyu will retain her position as the brand’s chief executive officer, while cofounders Dwight Lee and Andy Lee will continue to serve as chief operating officer and chief design officer, respectively.

Hero Cosmetics, an award-winning acne-focused skincare brand, has been acquired by manufacturing behemoth Church & Dwight for $630 million this week.

Co-founded by Ju Rhyu in 2017, Hero Cosmetics is best known for its Mighty Patch, a hydrocolloid sticker that is claimed to heal acne breakouts without popping pimples.

Asian American attorney says she was passed up for promotions because of her race in federal lawsuit

An Asian American attorney based in Darien, Connecticut, has launched a federal lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly discriminating against her due to her race and sex.

Michelle Lee, who worked at Darien-based Portfolio Advisors for about 15 years, claims she received “racialized comments” and “repeated sexual remarks and advances” from colleagues at the firm. Supervisors who knew some of such incidents allegedly failed to provide a remedy.

BLACKPINK, BTS, SEVENTEEN, Lisa make historic wins at 2022 MTV VMAs

  • K-pop acts BTS, SEVENTEEN, BLACKPINK and BLACKPINK member Lisa won big at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday. 
  • BLACKPINK won for “Best Metaverse Performance” while Lisa became the first K-pop soloist to win “Best K-Pop.” 
  • BTS won their fourth consecutive “Group of the Year” award with some outlets erroneously announcing BLACKPINK as the winners ahead of the actual reveal. 
  • SEVENTEEN became the first K-pop act to win “Push Performance of the Year.”

K-pop made history at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday with wins for BLACKPINK, BTS, SEVENTEEN and Lisa.

BLACKPINK and group member Lisa accomplished a few firsts during the award show held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After their U.S. award show performance debut, the superstar quartet won an award for “Best Metaverse Performance” for their virtual concert and their music video for “Ready For Love,” both of which were collaborations with PUBG Mobile. 

‘Vulnerability is weakness’: the ‘House of Ho’ cast on Asian masculinity, filial piety and a new gen of Asian Americans

The Ho family returns for their second season after an almost two-year hiatus, promising more Hos and a ho’ lot of drama.

Centered around a wealthy Vietnamese American family based in Houston, Texas, HBO Max’s reality TV series “House of Ho” gives viewers an intimate glimpse into the opulent lives of immigrants who have achieved the American Dream. Viewers may be surprised, however, to discover that the Ho family deals with the same issues that many average Asian Americans deal with in their own lives, some of which stem from cultural dissonance. Disagreements about how children should be raised, differences in the treatment of sons and daughters and the pressures placed upon them by their parents well into adulthood are just a few sources of drama viewers can expect to see and possibly relate to while observing the Ho family.

‘Why is the story still unknown?’: ‘Free Chol Soo Lee’ co-directors refuse to let America forget Korean American wrongfully convicted of murder in 1973

Julie Ha and Eugene Yi’s six-year journey to illuminate the life and legacy of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean American man falsely convicted of murder, began at the end of his story.

While Ha first learned of him through her mentor K.W. Lee, a journalist who played an instrumental role in raising awareness of the injustices that plagued the wrongly convicted man, she truly came to grips with the gravity of Chol Soo Lee’s situation at his funeral.

DoorDash worker killed in NYC hit-and-run was 74-year-old man whose daughters begged him not to work

  • A black BMW fatally struck 74-year-old Be Tran in Queens, New York City, on Sunday night.
  • Tran, a DoorDash worker, was making his last food delivery of the day when the vehicle hit him and left him for dead.
  • The owner of a nearby business told the New York Daily News that the suspect vehicle “sped it, straight down, like a bat out of hell” after the collision.
  • Tran’s family has organized a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.
  • Police have not made an arrest as of Sunday.

New York City police are looking for the driver of a black BMW that struck an elderly Asian man and left him for dead in Queens on Sunday night.

The victim, identified as 74-year-old Be Tran, was crossing Myrtle Ave. near Hancock St. in Ridgewood at around 7:40 p.m. when the suspect vehicle hit him.

Man suspected of attacking former SF commissioner, aged 70, arrested

  • A 34-year-old man identified by authorities as Derrick Yearby has been arrested in connection with the Aug. 2 attack on 70-year-old former San Francisco commissioner-at-large Greg Chew on Sunday, according to reports.
  • Chew was reportedly walking along Third and Folsom Streets at around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 when Yearby purportedly jumped off his bike to knock Chew to the ground before punching his face.
  • Yearby was detained in the area of San Francisco’s Eighth and Market Streets after being spotted by officers at SFPD Tenderloin Station before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to reports.
  • Yearby has reportedly been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily injury, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, elder abuse and great bodily injury enhancement.
  • It is unclear if he will also be facing hate crime charges for the incident.

The man suspected of attacking former San Francisco commissioner-at-large Greg Chew last week has been arrested over the weekend.

Authorities identified the man as Derrick Yearby, 34, of San Francisco. Yearby was detained in the area of Eighth and Market Streets after being spotted by officers at SFPD Tenderloin Station before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to reports.

Janet Yang makes history as first Asian president of film organization that hosts the Oscars

  • Esteemed producer Janet Yang just became the first Asian to be elected as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • The 66-year-old Hollywood veteran, whose film and TV credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “Shanghai Calling” and “High Crimes,” was elected to her new post on Tuesday.
  • “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer was quoted as saying. “I am thrilled that she is taking on the esteemed role of Academy President and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of motion pictures, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”
  • In June, Yang was also honored by the Academy Museum with the unveiling of one of the museum’s pillars in her name.
  • The Academy, which is an international organization for filmmakers, is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, also known as the "Oscars."

Film and TV producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

With her election, she became the first Asian and only the fourth woman to be elected as president of the film organization since its establishment in 1927.