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Indian American designer Rachel Roy, the most hated woman on the internet?

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920x920(Diya TV) — In pop singer Beyonce’s new HBO visual album special “Lemonade,” the singer calls out a cheating spouse, many speculate to be her husband, hip hop superstar Jay Z, for having an affair with a woman she refers to simply as, “Becky with the good hair.”

Social media users and self-proclaimed members of the Beyhive — a massive group of internet-savvy Beyonce fans — began to speculate that Rachel Roy, a New York-based fashion designer, was the real-life “Becky.”

There is a connection, Roy’s ex-husband, Damon Dash, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay Z. Additionally, Roy herself once worked as a fashion designer for Jay Z’s clothing line, Rocawear. She ultimately rose to the position of creative director of the women’s and children’s divisions, where she met Dash.

In 2009, she launched the “Rachel Roy Collection,” an affordable line of sportswear, shoes and accessories. She also designs clothing exclusively for people such as First Lady Michelle Obama; Diane Sawyer; Kate Hudson; Jennifer Garner; Tyra Banks and Kim Kardashian.

Other ardent Beyonce supporters believe that Roy is also the subject of the now-infamous elevator fight between Beyonce’s sister and Jay Z — in May of 2014, her sister, Solange, attacked Jay in an elevator, lunging at him multiple times, and striking him multiple times with her purse. At the conclusion of the video, all three of them, Beyonce, Solange and Jay, exit the elevator together.

However, the social media group might have mistakingly attacked the wrong individual, or couldn’t decide on whom they believed the real criminal was in all of this.

The Beyhive first targeted Food Network celebrity chef Rachel Ray, mistaking her for Rachel Roy. The group barraged Ray’s social media pages, leaving mean epithets, lemon emojis and bumblebee emojis (a symbol of the organization) as comments on her social media posts.

Ray, who seemingly became amused by the ferocious attacks, decided to respond by posting a recipe for lemonade on her Instagram account.

Shake up your Sunday with @ChefDPhillips' lemon shake-up with lemonade lavender ice cubes. #RachaelRay #RachaelRayShow

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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West Bengal violence

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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