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Aziz Ansari wins Peabody for ‘Master of None’

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang were honored at this year’s 75th annual Peabody Awards for their Netflix comedy Master of None, which was recently renewed for a second season.

The two used their acceptance speeches as a platform to shed further light on the diversity issues in Hollywood, including how their show utilizes a character who is a “token white guy,” and how they thought George Foster Peabody would feel about their selection for the award. Read their speeches in full below:

Ansari:

Thank you to all the people that Alan thanked. And thank you also to Alan. You know, Alan works behind the scenes, and sometimes people confuse him for the Asian actor Kelvin Yu on our show, and so I feel like I can’t overstate how important he is to the show. I also want to thank my family, who went the extra mile and acted in the show, and wrote on the show, unlike Alan’s lazy family, who just watched. And I want to thank Netflix and Universal for believing in us, and letting us tell our stories. I think they really seem to get what diversity really is. It’s not, “Hey, let’s give this white protagonist a brown friend!” No. It’s “Let’s have a show where there’s a token white guy.” And that’s what it is. Thank you to the Peabodys, it really is a special honor, because, let’s be honest, so many award shows fuck up! They don’t give people awards that should probably get awards. And the Peabody is great because it seems like you guys actually watched all our shit, and decided it was good! There was no schmoozing, no weird-ass dinners. And I think all being honored here really appreciate that. Thank you.

Yang:

George Foster Peabody was a very progressive, forward-thinking man. He was also born in 1852. So if you told him that someday an award would be given in his name to an Asian man and an Indian man for creating a show that is magically beamed to people’s computers and phones whenever they want, he definitely would have been very confused and terrified. And then if you told him that The Daily Show was getting another award, he probably would have been like, “Yeah, that makes sense. That show’s amazing.” Thank you so much for this. I’m very much glad to be alive now, instead of 1852, because even though we have our share of issues, some of which have been so wonderfully illuminated by the works honored here tonight, for a lot of different kinds of people and different groups of people, this country has never been a greater place to live. Thank you.

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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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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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