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Guapdad 4000, aka Guap, has been going non-stop and continues to move the needle on his career, leveling up each time. The multifaceted artist shared on his Instagram that he was excited to be back on TV, but this time in a scripted show. Guap shared the trailer for Issa Rae's latest project on HBOMax, Rap Sh!t, and in the trailer, we see Guap on screen in a party scene.

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The new show is roughly based on the hit group the City Girls. The show follows Shawna and Mia, who are two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. The show is set to release on July 21st. Besides making TV moves, Guap continues to make sure he drops some new heat for his fans. Recently Guap teamed up with Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y on the new track Pose. You can stream the track here and watch the music video below!

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If you're wanting to see more AAPI representation on-screen, check out HBO Max's Asian & Pacific Islander Voices Collection, a special curated collection for AAPI Heritage Month. All throughout the month of May, the streaming service looks to highlight AAPI voices through its series, films, documentaries, animations, and shorts. The streaming platform also launchd the Ani-May initiative which celebrates iconic anime moments, fashion, and other shows inspired by this style of animation.

HBO Max doesn't stop there. It also continued the HBO Max Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition which showcases the work of emerging filmmakers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The top three films premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival earlier this month which was inspired by Asian night markets, according to Diaspora Times. Subscribers can also watch the winning films on the platforms along with previous year's winners NehLonely Blue NightFine ChinaSi, and Unmothered.

Check out the list of all content included in this AAPI representation collection from Diaspora Times.

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DC (Highlighting Asian American creators such as Fan Cathy Yan, Jay Oliva, and Sam Liu)

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The singer-songwriter from Florida, Dominic Fike took Euphoria Season 2 by storm with his character, Elliot. A new member to the Rue and Jules crew, Elliot shares similar troubles and stirs the pot between the friends. With all current episodes now on HBO Max to stream, fans can also listen to the music from the season with Euphoria (Original Score from the HBO Series).

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The score composed and produced by Labrinth includes the track "Elliot's Song," featuring Dominic Fike, Zendaya, and Labrinth which made waves on social media after its debut on Episode 8 of the season. The score also includes loads of instrumental tracks plus other favorites like "Rue's I'm Tired," "Fez's Interlude (with Angus Cloud), and more. Fans can order the special edition box set which includes a CD and t-shirt.

Labrinth expressed his gratitude to the Euphoria fans for letting him share this experience with them and work with the cast like Zendaya and Dominic Fike on the score. "I want to thank all of you for making this music come alive much more than I could ever imagine. You make the work I put into creating even more worth the love and the grind. This is a big part of how I make music now all because of you."

Dominic Fike will be returning to Euphoria next season as Elliot. He shared the news with Jimmy Fallon before the Season 2 finale. There's some time before Season 3 kicks off, but before then check out what Dominic thinks of some of the fan theories people are cooking online.


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Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling says, "food is a bridge between generations" and we couldn't agree more. In this new HBO Max docuseries, Take Out with Lisa Ling, she explores how Asian-Americans and their food have contributed to the American culture. She travels from the Louisiana bayous and across the country to Orange County's Little Saigon telling stories of Asian-Americans.

Lisa Ling helps bring back memories through food. Food is a way to connect to culture and made to share with others. Asian-Americans have sacrificed a lot to be in the country, but our food can't be taken away from us. So many stories began at a family-owned restaurant, just like her own. Whether we noticed or not, we've had instances where other people ask us what we're eating or make fun of it. The docuseries says it's time to normalize the food we eat.

The first episode, "Mix Mix" explores the unexpected history of Fil-Ams in New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana. Many don't know about the deep roots we have in the country starting in the South and the impact we've had in Crescent City. There's a glimpse of a kamayan (eating with your hands)/budol fight meal. This meal is food for the masses and everyone just grabs what they want with their hands from the food laid out on the table. It's pretty fun when you have your friends and family there with you.

The series is definitely going on our binge-watch list for this weekend! Catch it now on HBO Max.

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Vice got into Guapdad 4000's mind in their series of Inside My Mind where they try to find out what's really going on. In the episode Guap meets Kanye inside his mind. The host, Trey Smith leads him on a wild guided meditation through Nepal, frozen yogurt shops, and his grandma’s house as a baby.

During the meditation, Kanye shows up to Guap's auntie's house just chilling and eating corn. He talks about his childhood toys and trinkets that showed up that he remembers playing with. As he casually leaves the house, Guap then ventures into a forest getting one with nature and goes back in time as Guap-toddler.

Inside my Mind lets celebs set their imagination free and run wild. Guapdad 4000 showed how there's endless of possibilities with an open mind.

In other news, Guapdad is taking his talents on-screen as he landed a role in Issa Rae's new HBO show, Rap Sh*t. The show is currently in production with no release date yet. It'll follow a female rap group from outside of Miami as they try to make it in the music industry. Make sure to stay tuned for more info!

Also if you want to see Guapdad 4000 perform, catch him at LA Clippers' Filipino Heritage Night on March 29, 2022 against Fil-Am NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awardee, Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz. Guap is set to perform a medley during halftime so you don't want to miss it. Get tickets HERE and $5 from every ticket sold will go to ABS-CBN Foundation International for their supply of food, water, health kids and shelter for Philippine typhoon victims.

Purchase tickets HERE to get the exclusive commemorative LA Clippers Filipino themed replica jersey. THIS NOT AN ARENA GIVEWAY: JERSEY COMES WITH SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS purchased on the link here. Tickets purchased on 3rd party sites will not be valid for the giveaway. Only tickets purchased on the LA Clippers GIVEAWAYS for special events page will be provided details of where to pick up the item with special ticket purchase.

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"3 Nights" artist Dominic Fike is taking his stab at acting. He'll be starring in Season 2 of the Emmy nominated HBO Max series, Euphoria alongside Zendaya. Drake who's a producer of the show posted the trailer for the new season and it looks like Rue has her work cut out. Mark your calendars for the premiere on January 9th.

There's loads of the cast coming back this season. Those returning are Storm Reid, who plays Rue's little sister, Sydney Sweeney, Barbie Ferreira, Jacob Elordi, Alexa Demie, Angus Cloud, and Maude Apatow. The new faces we'll see popping through are Minka Kelly, Demetrius "lil Feech" Flenory Jr., and Dominic Fike.

Fike's character is a fellow "degenerate"/homie to Rue (Zendaya) and Jules, played by Hunter Schafer. Will we be seeing the duo of Rue and Jules become a trio? Fike told Variety that they're some of the nicest people and super funny. His character also reminds him of his younger self, “I don’t have to do much acting. He’s exactly like me. It’s shit I would say and shit I would do.”

Details about the upcoming season has been kept on the down low. Show runner Sam Levinson told Hollywood Reporter there's a lot to unpack on Rue, "I think that there's a lot more to delve into and unpack in terms of the effects of addiction on Rue and on her family and those around her." We're all excited to see how it all unfolds and if you need to catch up, check out Season 1 on now streaming on HBO Max.

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The first part of the Gossip Girl reboot left us with a few shocking storylines. HBO Max is debuting Part 2 of the season on November 25th, just in time for Thanksgiving. If you're an OG Gossip Girl fan then you know all the drama falls during this holiday of giving thanks and this will be no different. The show returns with a vengeance and a whole lot of gossip as she's back exposing the lives of Manhattan's elite Upper East-siders.

Fil-am actor, model, and pro skateboarder Evan Mock is back as Aki, the shy film enthusiast who also conveniently loves to skate. He's one of the characters who prefers to stay out of the spotlight, but with telling his parents about a huge revelation in the mid-season finale, we'll probably see how Aki copes with being headline news.

Get caught up on all the gossip before it all goes down on Thanksgiving because not even Gossip Girl is safe from scandals. Until Thursday, stream Gossip Girl on HBO Max. Xoxo...

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Go behind the scenes and get ready with Evan Mock in this on-set tour. The Gossip Girl star takes viewers around the set during a promotional photoshoot. He chats with his co-stars Thomas Doherty, Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, and Eli Brown. The cast get all dappered as their Gossip Girl characters and work the camera. While they're not shooting, you get a closer look of the cast. Thomas skate boarding around the studio, the cast enjoying craft services, and them celebrating fellow cast member, Emily Alyn Lind's birthday while on set. Evan shows us the insider scoop of what it's like being on set and shares a little bit of what they do for fun.


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A new generation of privileged New Yorkers are introduced to ruthless social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. Developed by showrunner, Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, the new series stars, Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith.

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HBO Max's reboot of the 2000s series Gossip Girl is now available on the streaming service. Joining the cast is Hawai'i native, Fil-Am model/skateboarder Evan Mock. According to People Magazine, Mock is one of the fashion industry's most sought-after models having starred in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo x Timberland, Superdry and more.

Besides modeling, he also works behind the camera. He's also a credited photographer, shooting Travis Scott on tour and Justin Bieber's latest Drew House campaign. Mock joins a growing cast, which includes Emily Alyn Lind, Scream Queens star Tavi Gevinson, Legacies star Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat and Zion Moreno. Kristen Bell is also set to reprise her role as the drama's narrator. The reboot will feature the brand-new cast of teens enjoying their privileged lives on New York City’s Upper East Side. 

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As one channel surfs the many streaming services available nowadays, the cooking, travel, and fun commentary on Family Style brings a refreshing look into Asian food. Now streaming on HBO Max and originally on Stage 13, Family Style combines the taste of Asian food and pop culture as 8 foodie hosts shares their go-to spots, family recipes, stories while also bringing a few of their famous friends.

The term family style means, food placed on the table in serving dishes from which those eating may help themselves. In most Asian cultures, family style is the way to go. For Filipinos there's boodle fights. Food placed on top of a table lined with banana leaves and "kamayan," eating with your hands. This meal is derived from a military practice where diners stand next to each other and take their stance throughout the table. Although the show takes a different approach, sharing food with one another while sharing commentary.

One foodie who is Filipino, Gilbert Galon introduces different Filipino dishes like atchara (pickled papaya) and bagoong (shrimp paste) to his fellow food hosts. The series also visits the Philippines in several episodes. It takes a look at the night market with the popular street foods like isaw, fishballs, BBQ, and more. One of the coolest restaurants that was highlighted is the Ili-Likha Artist Village in Baguio. A community space that offers food, art, flower shop, and in-house theater. Their food takes a spin on tradition Filipino food with great flavors like their ube spaghetti pasta. It's definitely a spot you'll want to visit on your next trip.

The web series does a great job on highlighting Asian stories and the various foods attached to the culture. With fun stories by Jon M. Chu, Harry Shum Jr., Ross Butler, Ally Maki, Daniel Dae Kim, Vivian Bang, and more it'll not only have you craving for your favorite dishes but also fulfilled in understanding more about the culture. Just like their tagline says, Pull up a seat and let's dig in…Family Style.

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The much anticipated Warner Bros. film, Mortal Kombat is set to release April 23rd. With all the hype surrounding the film, the first seven minutes was released online. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "...the film's opening sequence features Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada), whose family comes under attack from Bi-Han/Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim)."

The film based on the iconic video game franchise has a R-rating. You can watch the preview on Youtube, however viewer's discretion is advised due to the graphic violence. Also in the article, "Mortal Kombat has already been released in some overseas markets, where it has made $19.2 million so far." Although films are slowly rolling back to theaters again, Mortal Kombat is one of the first major post-pandemic studio rollouts. If you can't make it to the theaters yet, catch it on HBO Max the same day it's released on the big screen.

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Selena Gomez has been cooking along side chefs in her latest show, Selena + Chef on HBO Max. Season 2 premiers today and features 10 more chefs including Filipino Chef Jordan Andino. He's the Executive Chef at Flip Sigi, a New York Filipino taqueria fusing both Filipino and Mexican flavors. Dishes on the menu include: adobo chicken tacos, adobo-rito and sinigang flip bowl. Chef Andino also is the host of “Late Nite Eats” on the Cooking Channel.

In the season 2 trailer of Selena + Chef, we see Selena cooking adobo and turon, explained as "Asian banana foster." Chef Andino's Lola even makes an appearance critiquing Selena's adobo. She gets the approving, "it's okay" from Lola and is super excited for the feedback.

We can't wait to see the episode and give the recipes a try in our own homes!

ABOUT CHEF JORDAN ANDINO
Born in Toronto, Canada, Jordan Andino began his culinary journey learning from his father at the age of 9. After moving to Manhattan Beach, CA, he traded in his surfboard to work in fine dining kitchens and attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Andino has honed his training & experience working at acclaimed restaurants including The French Laundry, Spago, and Jean Georges.

His hospitality skills and clean unique flavors have been an integral part of the opening of his Flip Sigi restaurants. A blend of classic Filipino Cuisine and French technique, Jordan’s cooking is an inspired combination of his grandmother and father. His next passion project will be building on his classic training in a relentless effort to bring a Michelin Star to Filipino Cuisine. - jordanandino.com


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