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Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day to write new ‘American Pie’ movie

  • Indian American filmmaker Sujata Day is set to write and develop a new “American Pie” movie under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
  • “American Pie” is a popular sex comedy film series that consists of four films.
  • The first film, which was written by Adam Herz and directed by Paul Weitz in 1999, features Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Sean William Scott, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy.
  • Day’s new installment will reportedly be a “fresh take” on the franchise.

Definition Please” filmmaker Sujata Day has been tapped to write and develop a new installment of the sex comedy film series “American Pie.”

The film will be a “fresh take” on the franchise based on Day’s pitch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Its plot and details are still under wraps, but it will be developed under Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group,

Texas woman sued by Indian American over viral racist meltdown

PLANO INCIDENT
  • The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.
  • Upton allegedly told the group to “Go back to India” and threatened to “blow your f*cking brains out.”
  • Upton was arrested the following day on charges of assault and making terroristic threats. She was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bond.
  • The plaintiff, Dr. Bidisha Rudra, is now suing Upton for compensatory and punitive damages over the “traumatic” experience.
  • Plano police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

A woman who was filmed hurling racist remarks at a group of Indian American women outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month is now facing a lawsuit from one of the victims.

The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines in the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Indian American student wins Inventor Award for 2nd year in a row for ‘Lungsaver’ system

  • Indian American middle school student Om Guin won the 2022 Lemelson Early Inventor Award for building Lungsaver, a system that measures indoor and outdoor air quality and alerts inhabitants to take appropriate actions if the quality is low.
  • The young inventor was reportedly inspired to find out what aggravates lung diseases as several members of his family have asthma and would check pollen counts before leaving the house. 
  • When Guin discovered through research that air inside people’s homes can also contain similar or worse PM levels compared to the air outside, he decided to look for solutions to detect and improve indoor air for his loved ones.
  • Guin’s system involves a pair of indoor and outdoor devices that measure and record the air’s PM content up to 0.3 microns in size at different intervals using forced-air, laser-based sensors. 
  • The Lemelson Foundation, which awards the Lemelson Early Inventor Award to outstanding young inventors each year, gave Guin the top prize for his invention in August. 

An Indian American student from Georgia won the Lemelson Early Inventor Award for the second straight year for inventing devices that detect indoor air quality.

Om Guin, a seventh grader at Fulton Science Academy Private School in the city of Alpharetta, developed a system that could potentially save people’s lungs, particularly those suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Indian American charged with hate crime over racist attack on fellow Indian in California Taco Bell

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  • On Aug. 21, Krishnan Jayaraman recorded 37-year-old Singh Tejinder subjecting him to a racial tirade at a Taco Bell at Grimmer Boulevard in Fremont, California.
  • Tejinder was caught on film spitting on the victim and calling him a “dirty Hindu” and a “disgusting dog.”
  • The Fremont Police Department, which was alerted to the incident, conducted an investigation and presented the results to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for review.
  • On Monday, Tejinder was charged with a hate crime in violation of civil rights, assault and disturbing the peace by offensive language. Tejinder, who is currently not in custody, has been placed on probation.

An Indian American man has been charged with a hate crime after subjecting a fellow Indian American to racial abuse, calling him a “dirty Hindu” and a “disgusting dog.”

Krishnan Jayaraman was at a Taco Bell at Grimmer Boulevard in Fremont, California, on Aug. 21 when a 37-year-old man named Singh Tejinder began verbally abusing him.

Texas woman arrested after rant toward 4 Indian American women goes viral

  • The Plano Texas Police Department arrested Esmeralda Upton, the woman who was filmed hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women in a parking lot, on Thursday.
  • The incident occurred on Wednesday after Rani Banerjee went out for dinner in Plano with three of her friends. In a Facebook post, Banerjee said Upton approached them while they were heading back to their cars.
  • In the video shared by Banerjee, Upton can be heard saying “We don’t want you here” to the women before eventually charging  at the woman filming the incident.
  • While one of Banarjee’s friends reports the incident to the authorities and calls their assailant a white woman, Upton can be heard saying, “No, I’m not white. I’m Mexican, and I paid my f*cking way here."
  • “Everywhere I f*cking go, you Indians are f*cking everywhere,” Upton can be heard saying later on in the video. “Please, I’m trying to be civil here. If life is so great in India, why the f*ck are y’all here?”
  • Upton is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.

A woman from Plano, Texas, has been arrested and charged after she went viral for hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women.

The Plano Texas Police Department identified the woman in the viral video as Esmeralda Upton. She was arrested on Thursday at around 3:50 p.m. and is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.

Urvashi Vaid, influential LGBTQ activist and leader, dies at 63

Loved ones and members of queer activist communities are mourning the sudden passing of pioneering LGBTQ Indian American activist, attorney and author Urvashi Vaid.

Vaid, 63, died from cancer at a hospital in New York City on May 14, according to a news release from the National LGBTQ Task Force. Vaid’s sudden death was also confirmed by people close to Kate Clinton, her life partner of 33 years.

South Asian Americans are hyped for the return of the Mexican Pizza

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  • Taco Bell recently announced the return of their Mexican Pizza to participating stores across the United States, Aruba, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic on May 19.
  • Taco Bell was one of the few fast food restaurants that offered vegetarian and halal customizations during the 80s and 90s, when the U.S. saw a large influx of Indian immigrants.
  • Writer and comedian Rima Parikh also says that for many Indian Americans, the fast food chain’s appeal comes from its spiciness.
  • The announcement comes after a Mexican Pizza superfan created a Change.Org petition, which has collected over 171,000 signatures, to bring back the beloved dish.

South Asian Americans are hyped for the Mexican Pizza’s return after a two-year absence from Taco Bell restaurants.

The fast food chain announced on Monday that they are bringing back the once-popular menu item to participating stores across the United States, Aruba, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic on May 19.

Indian American astronaut Raja Chari conducts his first spacewalk

  • NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission commander Raja Chari conducted his first spacewalk on Tuesday.
  • Chari, 44, spent almost seven hours in the vacuum of space alongside NASA flight engineer Kayla Barron.
  • The pair carried out a modification kit installation at the International Space Station (ISS) to support upcoming solar array upgrades, which will increase the station’s total electrical capacity.
  • The Indian American astronaut became the commander of the Crew-3 mission in 2020 and was launched to the ISS last year.

Indian American astronaut Raja Chari, commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), conducted his first spacewalk on Tuesday. 

After more than a week of spacewalk preparation, Chari finally stepped out of the airlock alongside NASA flight engineer Kayla Barron. They spent almost 7 hours in the vacuum of space to carry out ISS upgrades. It was Barron’s second time walking outside the station.

Former Assistant Coach Makes History as the First Indian American NFL Coordinator

Sean Desai

The Chicago Bears made history after promoting its safeties coach, Sean Desai, as the team’s defensive coordinator, making him the first person of Indian descent to become a coordinator in the NFL. 

The historic announcement came on Jan. 22 when the Bears officially confirmed the 37-year-old as the team’s new defensive coordinator, replacing NFL coach veteran Chuck Pagano, who revealed his plan to retire on Jan. 13.

Indian Americans Filled With Pride on Twitter Over Kamala Harris’ VP Win

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Indian Americans are celebrating the historic win of Kamala Harris as the first female, first Black and first vice president of South Asian descent after major news outlets called the winners on Saturday.

thinking about Shyamala and all the Indian moms out there feeling the emotions my mom is feeling right now; to vote for, and elect, someone who was raised around the same food, the same discipline, the same culture. pic.twitter.com/g7wp0D3Qs1