Could we soon see the first NBA player of Indian descent? While New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar wasn’t among the players drafted by the NBA last week, he did receive a summer league contract from the Sacramento Kings. (It should be noted that the Kings are owned by Vivek Ranadivé, the only Indian American owner in the league.) [NBC Asian America]
ETS and the College Board apologize for offensive t-shirt: The test administrators issued a statement late last week after a “culturally and racially insensitive” t-shirt was distributed at this year’s AP World History grading. [NBC Asian America]
Dinesh D’Souza release the film you probably weren’t waiting for: The conservative author and filmmaker is set to release his second film next week. In its review of the movie, Variety notes that the story is “evidently set in an alternative universe, kicks off the film by dramatizing the fatal shooting of George Washington during a Revolutionary War battle. ” [Variety]
Watch the latest trailer for Dr. Cabbie: The film, which stars Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, will hit theaters in September. Watch it over on YouTube.
The once and future best-selling author: Mindy Kaling is currently working on a follow up to her 2011 book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). We have to admit that we were intrigued by the book’s description. Here’s how the AV Club described it:
[T]he book will cover everything that’s happened in her life since she wrote Everyone, including her Fox show, the death of her mother, several of her friends’ marriages, and the purchase of her current home. The book will also reportedly address other issues that have been bandied about in Kaling’s public life, like her controversial Elle cover and issues of race (and dudes) on The Mindy Project.
The book will be titled Why Not Me? She told the Los Angeles Times that the phrase “has kind of been my subconscious motto my whole life.” (Vulture)
The great Indian NBA hope: Could an 18-year-old high schooler one day become the first Indian national to make it to the NBA? The Caravan profiles Satnam Singh Bhamara, a current student at Florida’s IMG Academy. While the 7’2″ center is still a teenager, he’s already being seen as one of India’s best shots to reach the NBA. (Caravan)
Restoring that natural glow: Pollution has long been a threat to the Taj Mahal. A 2010 report by the Indian government found that previous measures to protect the tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz were failing. The BBC reported this weekend that the monument will “be given a mud-pack to remove yellow pollution stains.” The last time the Taj Mahal received the restorative mud-pack was in 2008. (Gawker)