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“Allegiance: A New American Musical” Aims for Broadway

“Allegiance: A New American Musical” Aims for Broadway

The man standing on stage looks like George Takei, but when he speaks, it’s not with the mellifluous, warm voice of a famous actor and advocate. His voice is coarse, ragged and grizzled. Instead of a golden Starfleet uniform, he is wearing a drab olive green World War II uniform, with old insignia and medals scattered across his chest. His name is Sam Kimura, and he is a Japanese Americ...
Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

Art by Ken Taya “We want Akira to be successful. And they can make it successful by not offending the people that love Akira.” – George Takei On May 2nd, CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi interviewed George Takei about his position on Warner Bros. Picture’s proposed adaptation of Akira. In March and April the Asian American community expressed concerns about rumors that the...
George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

The Advocate‘s online news section published an interview with George Takei with his thoughts on Warner Bros. proposed adaptation of AKIRA: Takei to WB: Do the Right Thing. THE ADVOCATE: Why do you think there seems to be a reluctance to cast Asian-American actors in leading roles? GEORGE TAKEI: I don’t think it’s a reluctance, they just don’t know better. They have the experience of...
George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

UPDATE: April 19th, 2011 Taking his twitter critiques a step further, George Takei is now asking his followers to retweet at Warner Bros.! RT: Hey @wbpictures! I’m with @GeorgeTakei and @cinemablend! Leave the white guys out of it and keep Akira Asian! – George Takei Click here to retweet George Takei “Young Asian actors get few opportunities in Hollywood. Warner Bros couldR...
Media Monday: East West Players part 2

Media Monday: East West Players part 2

Last week Racebending.com contributor Erikonil presented an overview of the history of the Los Angeles based theater group, East West Players as well as touching on their continuing work developing young talent both on and off stage through community programs and educational opportunities. This week we’ll take a look at their contribution to the television show that introduced us to one of t...

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