Right Here, Right ‘Bao’

Oakland and the surrounding East Bay Area is a welcoming, casual town. The standard uniform of jeans and a hoodie is a ticket to pretty much anywhere: a Warriors game, a UC Berkeley lecture hall (as a student or even as the professor), a Michelin-star restaurant, R&B paint night at the Complex. The few exceptions are three-fold: the Piedmont School District, an available slice of sweet potato pie at Lois the Pie Queen after 10:00 AM, and Pixar Animation Studios.

I have lived in the East Bay for more than twelve years, and I have never gotten closer than peering through the iron gates while driving past to get my son to badminton practice. Until now.

To celebrate the upcoming in-home release of Bao and Incredibles 2, Pixar opened their gates to The Nerds of Color as well as other media outlets for dinner and interview opportunities with their creators.

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Eight ‘Ocean’s’ Film Facts from Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is a national treasure. She started on TV as a writer for the mega-hit The Office, created her own hit show with The Mindy Project, and has propelled into the Hollywood A-List, voicing characters in Disney films and starting alongside Oprah and Reese Witherspoon in Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle In Time. When you look at the breadth of her work across television, films, and her best-selling novels, it’s unsurprising how that she’s been such a wild success. Now she has a bad-girl turn in Ocean’s 8.

Ocean’s 8 is the all-female reboot of the Steven Soderbergh-rendition of Ocean’s 11. Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, Danny’s sister and crooked counterpart. She puts together a crack team of criminals to pull off a jewel heist at the Met Gala. Kaling plays Amita, a jeweler who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. The Nerds of Color got the chance to go to the press conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as snagging an interview with Kaling herself. Here are Mindy’s 8 Ocean’s Film Facts:

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Inside Out is Not for Kids, and That’s Exactly Why Your Kids Should See It

by Mayka Mei | Originally posted at The Maykazine

Last week I cried three times. First, the shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Then when I watched Inside Out. Then my friends got married. Adult life is confusing.

Each instance occurred within the span of three days, and though each event has warranted its own inner reflection and the outer two are deserving of their own longwinded meanderings, right now I want to write about the middle one, the kids’ movie. (I’ve also written about the AME shooting. Here are my raw thoughts from the morning after that god-awful Wednesday night.)

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Meet Patrick Lin, Layout Supervisor for Inside Out

by Grace Hwang Lynch

This post is part of a series I’m writing based on my recent visit to Pixar Studios, courtesy of Disney.

On my recent trip behind the scenes at Pixar studios in Emeryville, I met several prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander animators who are playing a big role in the making of the upcoming animated film Inside Out, which opens in theaters June 19. One of them is Patrick Lin, Layout Supervisor for the movie.

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HapaMama Goes Behind the Scenes at Pixar

A few weeks ago, I was in California on business and stayed in a hotel in Emeryville, just outside Oakland. Emeryville also happens to be home to the most successful animation house in the world: Pixar Studios. Even though the studio headquarters was just a stone’s throw from my hotel, I was unable to go beyond the front gate (which is still cool, by the way) because Pixar isn’t typically open to the general public. However, friend of the NOC Grace Hwang Lynch — the creator of the awesome blog HapaMama — got an all-expenses paid trip to see what life is like on the other side of that gate!

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