INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE ACCEPTANCE GROWING

According to CNN “intermarriages” are on the rise since the Supreme Court struck down a ban on interracial marriage.  The study was conducted by Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project.  Social media sites had a lot to say about it.  Some were excited others longing for a day where inter-racial marriages are no longer a big deal.  These “inter-marriages” hit an all time high of 8.4% in 2010 compared to 3.2% in 1980.  CNN has even more details as far as numbers so you can see the growth and where it’s happening.  What are your thoughts?  How do you think these acceptances have influenced cultures in these areas?

FIRST LOOK: LYTRO CAMERA [VIDEO]

Brian Tong of CNET goes over the new features of the Lytro camera.  Plenty of options in such a small gadget…and the fact you can adjust the focus after the picture is taken is pretty innovative.  This camera is getting a lot of attention on the internet.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

LINSANITY: THE REAL IMPACT

Even if you’re not a huge basketball fan it’s been very hard to not hear about the phenomenon that is taking place in New York for the normally ridiculed Knicks franchise in the beloved NBA.  In a season with so many dreary storylines (cancelled trades, injuries, teams not living up to expectations, rushed schedules, etc) the feel good story has easily been the Asian-American guard that seemed to go from overlooked name to overnight celebrity.  In his celebrated run this month Lin has set records, set the Knicks on a great winning streak and almost single-handedly saved a franchise and it’s coach.  But that’s just the superficial impact…

The real story is what Jeremy Lin means for the Asian community.  Not only does he provide a new star for the Asian market around the globe but he also provides an inspiration to the Asian-American community in the United States.  He breaks the stereotypes that most people think (though they may not say) about Asian-Americans and their place in basketball.  Check out this STORY as it shows exactly how a young Asian-American boy not only looks up to Jeremy Lin but has learned from him after attending his basketball camp.  Even if his incredible run doesn’t last forever I think if he can stick around his impression and importance will last long beyond his career.

Check out some of his highlights inside this post.

Read More

GUSMANO CESARETTI’S “EAST L.A. DIARY” at ROBERTS & TILTON

If you haven’t seen it yet tomorrow is the last day for this interesting exhibit.  Pretty interesting that a young man from Italy would be seduced to move to the United States by the imagery of James Dean and Marlon Brando and all of Hollywood’s splendor, yet when he gets here he falls in love with the culture of East L.A.  This exhibit showcases Gusmano Cesaretti’s fascination early on with the lowrider sub-culture there through two dozen black and white photos.  Some of his other works outside of this particular show are on display in a separate area of the gallery space.  Robert and Tilton‘s  hours are from 11am to 6pm.  The address is 5801 Washington Blvd | Culver City, CA 90232

FOOD FUSION TRENDS for 2012

It’s no secret that over the last couple years food fusions have been the biggest thing for the food/restaurant industries.  In Los Angeles the Kogi Truck and their menu has become a sought after commodity as crowds find the trucks and crowd them.  This craze spawned similar trucks to emerge as well.  As different cultures bring in more and more influence to the commercial kitchens, odd pairings and exotic dishes are becoming more of the norm.  So seeing how that is a growing theme we were wondering what we should be on the lookout for as 2012 keeps rolling forward and ended up coming across this article on Restaurant Hospitality.  The article says more fusions, Korean entrees becoming more mainstream as well as more pickled foods because of the rising Asian and Latin influences on food.  To see all the interesting details go here.

HISPANICIZE: LATINO SOCIAL MEDIA INDUSTRY NEWS PLATFORM; RELAUNCHES

The nation’s leading industry insights and news platform for Latino social media trends relaunched about a month ago and is looking to expand even more with their new editorial director, Bill Gato.  The site will now look to produce more original content, multimedia stories as well as interviews, features and reviews of industry leaders, tech and more.  For a full breakdown check out the Hispanic PR Blog.

African Americans are the Chinese Youth’s New Role Models!!!

Found an interesting article on how Kobe is not only a successful brand in China but has also become an role model for the youth to look up to off the court.  The article talks about how Kobe was the main attraction at the Beijing Olympics even when he was just a spectator.  Because of his charity work, especially with a particular Sichuan earthquake victim, Kobe has been heralded for his generosity by the Chinese media and is even referred to as “Uncle Kobe”.  It’s pretty interesting to see an African-American male (who also spent part of his time in Italy) cross not only international lines but racial ones as well to become a hero for China’s contemporary youth culture.

ASAP ROCKY MEETS RAKIM LIVE on ANGIE MARTINEZ [VIDEO]

[gigya width="448" height="373" src="http://embed.vidaroo.com/embed/player/embed_id/2357/player_theme_id/71/channel_id/223/asset_id/118555/" quality="high" flashvars="gig_lt=1328820059391&gig_pt=1328820129041&gig_g=2&gig_n=wordpress" wmode="transparent" allowScriptAccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" ]

This may look like a big deal to some by reading the headlines…and to others it may just sound like whatever.  The story behind it though should be of interest to all.  It’s interesting how “old” hip-hop culture has essentially become in the fact that some of hip-hop’s up and comers have parents who grew up listening to hip-hop.  For those that don’t know, ASAP Rocky was named after Rakim the hip-hop legend.  This meeting was made even more special as they called Rocky’s mother to have her talk to both artists live on the air.  In the future we’re wondering how many more instances of this will happen. You can see part 2 right here.

10 MOST BIZARRE RESTAURANTS

Today we look at some of the most bizarre restaurants all over the world.  It’s not really the food items that make it bizarre but more so the themes.  You can eat out of a toilet, underwater, in the sky or go as far as indulging your cannibalistic fantasies.  Yeah, we definitely just said that.  Hit the jump to get all the details.

Read More