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If you only judge a book by its cover, then Ben Baller with his multiple tattoos, big diamond earrings and dark sunglasses is the epitome of a rebel with a mean attitude. But dig deeper, and you find a phenomenally driven, creative and outspoken Korean American who has succeeded in just about everything he’s tried.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Ben Baller, whose real surname is Yang, was the first Asian to play NCAA football and basketball. He was one of the only Asians working in the world of Rap and Hip Hop when Dr. Dre hired him as VP of A&R at Aftermath Records where Ben racked up 21 platinum album credits. Then in 2005, he jumped into the jewelry business creating elaborate, sometimes, over the top pieces for celebrities and VIPs including Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Tom Cruise.
Growing up a Korean adoptee in Philadelphia had more than its fair share of challenges for Kevin Kreider. Although he was fully embraced by his caucasian parents and brother, Kevin knew he was different and his peers didn’t let him forget that.
He was constantly bullied and discriminated against for the way he looked. Racial insults were regularly hurled at him…”Hey, Bruce Lee!”, “Ching Chang Chong!”. Those experiences skewed his self image and made him feel “ugly” and “less than”. But with a lot of soul searching, Kevin discovered his true identity as an Asian man and set out on a mission to change negative stereotypes and misperceptions. He transformed his physical body and became a model and fitness guru and now openly speaks about the importance of redefining Asian Masculinity.
Since Shiza Shahid was a child growing up in volatile Pakistan, she championed human rights and fought for the voiceless.
Her passion led her to work side by side with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who became an activist for girls education and was shot by the Taliban for her beliefs. Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund and helped build it into a powerful force for good. She is now carrying on her mission of social good with unique entrepreneurial pursuits, including a new cookware line that truly gives back to communities around the world. Shiza shares her phenomenal stories of seeking justice and doing what’s right on this episode of “The May Lee Show”.
The novel coronavirus is causing a lot anxiety around the world as the number of deaths and people infected continues to rise exponentially, but the virus is shrouded in mystery that’s triggering a lot of misinformation and fear.
Not only is the coronavirus a health threat, it’s also setting off xenophobic and racist behavior around the world as Asians are being targeted in discriminating and even violent incidents.
This week on The May Lee Show, May talks to maverick entrepreneur Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics. Toni’s story of success truly represents the American Dream. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from Korea with only $2,000 and opened a budget beauty store. Toni struck out on her own at age 25 when she started NYX Cosmetics. In 2014, cosmetics giant L’Oreal bought NYX for a reported $500 million. In 2019, Toni was on the Forbes list of America’s top self-made women. But selling her company wasn’t what it was all cracked up to be and Toni knew what she had to do.
It’s our pleasure to give the NextShark community a sneak peek at our latest collaboration — a new and empowering Asian American podcast!
Partnering with legendary journalist May Lee and her company Lotus House Media, NextShark is proud to announce “The May Lee Show” which will be launching in just a few short weeks.