UCLA alumni Kausar Mohammed and Krishna Kumar were inspired by Beyonce's "Formation" music video to make a parody about South Asian culture. They shot their video completely on an iPhone and filmed in Indian grocery stores and threading salons from their hometowns. (Courtesy of Krishna Kumar)

YouTubers create parody video to break down South Asian stereotypes

After watching Beyonce perform “Formation” at the Super Bowl, two UCLA alumni said they felt empowered to create something that celebrated their South Asian culture. YouTubers Krishna Kumar and Kausar Mohammed released “Namaste,” a video parody of Beyonce’s song and video “Formation,” in May in order to exaggerate and critique negative stereotypes and to increase the visibility of South Asians in the media. Read more...

UCLA alumni Kausar Mohammed and Krishna Kumar were inspired by Beyonce's "Formation" music video to make a parody about South Asian culture. They shot their video completely on an iPhone and filmed in Indian grocery stores and threading salons from their hometowns. (Courtesy of Krishna Kumar)

"Bizaardvark" executive producer Eric Friedman said UCLA alumnus Josh Lehrman and partner Kyle Stegina were the "success story" of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program's first year. Through the program, the pair co-created Disney Channel's newest show. (Eric McCandless via Disney Channel)

UCLA alum co-creates latest Disney Channel series

Josh Lehrman and Kyle Stegina spent hundreds of hours in the glow of their computer screens watching countless viral YouTube videos. The pair had postponed their typical Friday night plans in order to research cyber-world trends and lingo for their upcoming project – Disney Channel’s new TV series. Read more...

"Bizaardvark" executive producer Eric Friedman said UCLA alumnus Josh Lehrman and partner Kyle Stegina were the "success story" of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program's first year. Through the program, the pair co-created Disney Channel's newest show. (Eric McCandless via Disney Channel)

UCLA alumnus Sahirr Sethhi won a College Television Award – a student Emmy Award – for his thesis film "Zoya," which was filmed in the forests of Kanha National Park in India. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)
UCLA alumnus Sahirr Sethhi won a College Television Award – a student Emmy Award – for his thesis film "Zoya," which was filmed in the forests of Kanha National Park in India. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

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Movie review: ‘Finding Dory’

Viewers of “Finding Dory” can be as forgetful as Dory and still follow her story. There’s no need to remember what happened in Disney’s 2003 hit “Finding Nemo.” In “Finding Dory,” the adorable and heart-warming blue tang fish, Dory, goes through a series of pitfalls to find her long-lost parents. Read more...

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Get A College Life

“Family Ties” actress Justine Bateman became a UCLA Bruin four years ago. Get her insight on what it’s like to “get a college life,” as her blog puts it, once you’ve passed the traditional college age, and why she loved it. Read more...

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Shoshana Sachi, Alice Stennard and Fior Fabian (left to right) will complete the UCLA MFA screenwriting program this year, after helping organize the annual Screenwriters Showcase. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo Editor)
Shoshana Sachi, Alice Stennard and Fior Fabian (left to right) will complete the UCLA MFA screenwriting program this year, after helping organize the annual Screenwriters Showcase. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo Editor)

Student extras, like first-year psychology student Keegan Hawkins, were offered extra credit to act in the TV show "Sanity," which featured their film teaching assistant as the lead actor. (Courtesy of Keegan Hawkins)

Student original production “Sanity” showcases marriage and family therapy

Student therapists and student patients met at the UCLA university counseling center, where the therapist learned the patient’s deepest secrets during the therapy sessions – in the TV show “Sanity.” “Sanity” is about five marriage and family therapy, or MFT, students learning to deal with issues inside and outside the therapy room, said graduate student Andrea Massaro, the producer of the show. Read more...

Student extras, like first-year psychology student Keegan Hawkins, were offered extra credit to act in the TV show "Sanity," which featured their film teaching assistant as the lead actor. (Courtesy of Keegan Hawkins)


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