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)

Six songs were performed at the seventh annual Bloomsday program at the Hammer Museum. Five of them were Irish folk tunes. (Emaan Baqai/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Six songs were performed at the seventh annual Bloomsday program at the Hammer Museum. Five of them were Irish folk tunes. (Emaan Baqai/Daily Bruin senior staff)

The seven graduate students of the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble will finish their program this year after playing at the White House and in Marrakech, Morocco. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)
The seven graduate students of the Thelonious Monk Institute Ensemble will finish their program this year after playing at the White House and in Marrakech, Morocco. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Six graduating students from three different a cappella groups merged to form the ensemble Views from the Six. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo Editor)

Members of different a cappella groups harmonize for commencement

Six seniors hailing from different a cappella groups will unite to take center stage at Pauley Pavilion as their last hurrah before graduation. Under the ensemble name Views from the Six, a cappella singers Hannah Bannan, Matt Driver, Lashon Halley, Isaac Mirzadegan, Nisha Nalamala and Kelly Noe will perform their rendition of the national anthem and the alma mater songs at the College of Letters and Science graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Read more...

Six graduating students from three different a cappella groups merged to form the ensemble Views from the Six. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo Editor)

UCLA Philharmonia will perform a free concert Thursday. (Daily Bruin file photo)
UCLA Philharmonia will perform a free concert Thursday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Fourth-year music history student Beniko Hirosawa-Bates teaches one of 25 spring 2016 Undergraduate Student Initiated Education seminars, “Understanding Franz Liszt, First Rock Star,” which discusses the compositions and life of world-renowned composer and pianist Franz Liszt. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)
Fourth-year music history student Beniko Hirosawa-Bates teaches one of 25 spring 2016 Undergraduate Student Initiated Education seminars, “Understanding Franz Liszt, First Rock Star,” which discusses the compositions and life of world-renowned composer and pianist Franz Liszt. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Third-year bioengineering student Andrew Pietersen played bagpipes by Janss Steps to cope with the UCLA shooting Wednesday. (Owen Emerson/Assistant photo editor)
Third-year bioengineering student Andrew Pietersen played bagpipes by Janss Steps to cope with the UCLA shooting Wednesday. (Owen Emerson/Assistant photo editor)


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