Bruno Mars, Kehlani & More Selected to Inaugural A100 List of Influential Asian Americans

Bruno Mars, Kehlani & More Selected to Inaugural A100 List of Influential Asian Americans:

To mark the start of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as the 50th anniversary of the first recognized usage of the term “Asian American,” nonprofit collective Gold House has launched the A100, a to-be-annual list of the most influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from the past year.

The inaugural list features plenty of increasingly recognizable faces, including artists Bruno Mars and Kehlani, Crazy Rich Asians’ Constance Wu and Awkwafina, as well as comedians Hasan Minhaj and Ali Wong. Jon M. Chu, director of Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Crazy Rich Asians (the first Hollywood studio film with a predominantly Asian-American cast in a quarter-century), is also on the list, as are Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Forest Whitaker’s producing partner Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Dope, upcoming Sorry to Bother You).

Also making the shortlist is CAA Music agent Caroline Yim; and Robert Lopez, the American songwriter of musicals, best-known for co-creating The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q and for composing the songs featured in the Disney-animated films Frozen and Coco.

Asian Americans currently represent about 6 percent of the U.S. population but are the country’s fastest-growing segment, according to a 2017 Nielsen report, and as AAPIs expand their presence in culture, making a list like the A100 has become more than a mere headcount of semi-famous Asians. An emphasis was placed on those who “significantly impacted or disrupted society and culture over the past year,” which resulted in a forward-looking final selection. Thus, recently promoted executives like DC Entertainment president Walter Hamada and Amazon Studios co-head of television Albert Cheng made the cut, alongside Lisa Nishimura, vp of Netflix’s burgeoning original comedy and documentary division.

The selection process began with open nominations from 36 major AAPI community leaders as well as Gold House’s hundreds of Asian-American creative and business leader members. Ultimately the honorees were winnowed down by a multicultural committee that included Whitaker, Pharrell Williams, Michelle Kwan and Janice Min, media consultant at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and THR parent company Valence Media.

The A100 also features individuals who are proudly claimed by the community but who others may be surprised to discover are of Asian descent, including double EGOT winner Robert Lopez (part-Filipino), Comcast chief diversity officer Craig Robinson (part-Chinese) and model/Twitter master Chrissy Teigen (part-Thai).

“All too often, the impact of Asians in the worlds of media, fashion, the arts, activism and sometimes even technology is unseen or understated,” selection committee member Khai Meng Tham, co-chair and chief creative officer at Ogilvy & Mather, said in a statement. “The A100 uniquely cuts across genders, pan-Asian ethnicities, beliefs, industries and generations. I’m so proud of them and of Gold House for this incredible initiative.”

The full inaugural A100 list can be found at Gold House’s website. The 2018 class will be feted at an event this summer in Los Angeles.

Bruno Mars Won All of the Grammys Wearing These Ultra-Rare Sneakers

Bruno Mars Won All of the Grammys Wearing These Ultra-Rare Sneakers:

The 24K Magic artist swept a shelf’s worth of gold statues in some of the rarest sneakers out there.

The 2018 Grammys were a great night for Bruno Mars. He took home the three top prizes at this year’s show, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year (which, yes, are three separate awards). And though Mars has always had a flair for daring style, last night he stepped up his sneaker game big-time. While performing his newly remixed new jack swing–inspired single “Finesse” with Cardi B, Mars and his back-up dancers sported Off-White x Nike Prestos, Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1s, and Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 97/1s. It was a sneaker flex akin to someone walking away from the show with three of the night’s biggest awards in hand.

Mars showed out in the Prestos, a move that makes sense when you consider his Grammy-winning album is called 24K Magic and these are the gold standard of hard-to-get sneakers right now. He paired the rare kicks with some slim track pants, a hoodie, and an oversize baseball jersey—a look that isn’t quite period-accurate (no one was wearing pants that slim in the early ’90s) but that is totally in line with the current nostalgia wave that’s everywhere in menswear. And we can’t think of a better advertisement for Nike than having one of the biggest pop stars on the planet moonwalk across the Grammys stage in a pair of its sneakers.
Then again, in celebrity circles, the Off-White x Nike collab seems almost standard-issue. Anyone who’s anyone (or who has the right connections to someone)—from Roger Federer to A$AP Rocky and beyond—has worn Virgil Abloh’s standout Nike collab at some point since the kicks hit shelves in the latter part of 2017. Considering the shoes are long sold out, we can only imagine that Bruno and Co.’s endorsement only stands to drive the resale price of these sneakers even higher—they currently will run you between $1,600 and $2,100, according to StockX.
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Bruno performing “Marry You” in Vegas last night….

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