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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy takes home an Oscar

26Feb

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We at Urban Desi Radio would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, for taking home an Oscar for her compelling documentary Saving Face. She’s a well respected journalist and a member of the South Asian Journalist Association. One of our founders, Petz, loved watching Sharmeen’s segments on the Discovery Times channel.

Roughly 100 people a year get acid thrown in their face in Pakistan. Saving Face follows two women as they take on the justice system and find their own sense of healing by taking a stand against acid burnings

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Top 10 Sexiest Urban Desis

25Feb

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South Asians are known to be some of the best-looking people on earth. Piercing eyes, dark hair and olive skin are the staples of what’s sexy now and days. We thought I’d be a great idea to compile a list of  some of the SEXIEST Urban Desis out there. Please note: this is outside Bollywood (since there so many sexy folk to choose from in Bollywood, it’s just not fair!). Enjoy this list and please try not to drool on your keyboard. It’s hard enough for us *slurp*

10.Sanjay Gupta

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Indian-American Neurosurgeon and Media Personality

Hey, just because he’s a medical specialist, doesn’t mean he can’t be sexy! Sanjay Gupta doesn’t necessarily ooze sex but, there’s just something sexy about a knowledgeable, handsome South Asian man on camera. He’s one silver fox that definitely earns the first spot on our list!

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9. Imran Khan (Singer)

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Dutch-Pakistani Music Artist

King Khan grazed the music scene back in 2007 and since then we can’t stop talking about him! Not only can he sing some of the hottest Urban Desi tracks, he has become a sex icon among the Punjabi music scene. Oh and not to mention,  those luscious lips!

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8. Gulzaeb Beg Ali

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UK  Model and TV Presenter

So you American folk may have not heard of her but, Gulzaeb has fast become a recognized face in the UK fashion modeling industry. She’s a versatile model and a sexy vixen who isn’t afraid to pose with traditional Desi garb or slip into something western and sweet. Classy and sexy. What more would you want?

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7. Nigel Barker

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British Photographer and Former Model

The name doesn’t show it but, Nigel is one sexy Desi. Half  English and half Sri Lanken, this guy can play both sides of the ethnic card. Nigel proves that Desi muts come out just as sexy as full Desis!

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6.Minnie Gupta

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Indian Swimsuit Model

Her modeling credits include Playboy, FHM and Maxim. Yah, enough said! This Desi chick has always been confident to strut her goods regardless of the taboos of naughty posing in the Desi community. Go ahead girl, do your thing!

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5. Noureen Dewulf

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American Actress

Noureen has graced the big screen, little screen and independent screen through out her career.  She always made sure she carried a dose of sexiness with her! She was once on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list. Not only is she hot among Desis but, she’s hot in mainstream media as well!

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4. Imran Khan (actor)

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Bollywood Actor

Alright, alright, I know we said that we were not going in include Bollywood actors but, Imran Khan can be considered a real Urban Desi! He was born in Wisconsin and graduated high school in Silicon Valley! Imran has come to be one of the sexiest guys in Bollywood today. Too bad he’s married DOH!

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3. Jay Sean

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Mainstream Music Artist

The females at Urban Desi Radio said they would lick chocolate off of his chest. That’s how sexy Jay Sean is. Jay has proven that South Asians can have an amazing voice, be sexy and gain mainstream popularity all at the same time! Jay keep doing what your doing because you are sizzlin’ hot!

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2. Padma Lakshmi

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Author, Model and TV Host

Standing at 5’9, Padma has been acknowledged in American media as one of the hottest Indian woman on the TV screen. Her sexiness started in 1993 when she became the first Indian model to walk at runways in Paris, Milan and New York. She’s also been famous for posing in the nude, we’ll save that fore later 😉

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1. Sunny Leone

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Adult Film Star and Actress

Miss. Sunny gains our number one spot because… well, do we really need to explain why? She has to be one of the sexiest Urban Desis  in entertainment history! Although your mummy and papa may not agree with her profession, we LOVE her for breaking the mold of the “good Indian woman” . We love you Sunny!

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Baadal Chosen to Complete in WMN Battle of The Bands

24Feb

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Sonia Panesar’s track “Baadal” (Clouds) has been chosen to compete in Battle of the Bands on The World Music Network. The track takes you into a journey of darkness through the clouds and featured on the track is India’s House phenomenon Hamza. Sonia is perfect example how an Asian artist can easily transition to other genres, without being signed to major labels. It’s all about taking risks, being passionate and having an open mind to eclectic beats. Keep voting for Sonia and Hamza on The World Music Network.

Whitney Houston: A triple threat talent…

12Feb

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I’m still in shell-shock over Whitney Houston’s death, I saw the breaking news story come up on my fb timeline. I googled it and all the articles confirmed the worst – Whitney Houston, Dead at 48.  Growing up in the 80s, there were two stars I always looked forward to seeing on the TV and they were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Their songs were truly iconic during that tremulous decade. Whitney had this caliber talent to carry a tune, to the point where most of us would of gone breathless – she could still harmoniously sync to the beat.

I’ll remember Whitney as a triple threat. She could sing, dance and act. As I mention on my facebook, if you are remotely BLESSED with one of those talents it can take you far – but if you have all three – there’s NO LIMITS to your potential. However the demons Whitney faced, like so many of our talented superstars were drugs. She coined the term on the 2002 Diane Sawyer interview “crack is whack” that open a can of worms for comedians to poke fun at her. Right now there’s silence, no one is laughing – all we hear is her amazing vocals coming out of our speakers, TVs, computers and smart phones.

People are suspecting the cause of death had to do with drugs, we won’t know until the coroner report comes out. In my opinion, I think her heart just gave out on her. Dr. Drew talked about addict recovery on CNN, if he had been treating Whitney, he would of advised her to take two years off. In 2010, Whitney told Oprah she was clean, I think she just bit off more than she could chew and it killed her. For those of us who have dealt with drugs issues, whether its our own or family/friends, the rule is take one day at a time. Sometimes planning ahead can lead to one’s demise.

I’ll miss Whitney. But like all great artists, her legacy will live through her music and talent. Be sure to watch the Grammys tonight, Jennifer Hudson will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Urban Desi Artists/Talent comments on Whitney….

Taz (Stereo Nation) – I am very sad today as one of my favorite singers has unfortunately passed away. She was an inspiration to artists all over the world, may her soul rest in peace. She truly had the voice of an angel. GOD BLESS

S-Endz/Casey Rain – RIP Whitney Houston :(

Diamond Duggal – I was talking about Whitney’s talent just yesterday…a few hours later I heard the news…a very sad loss…

Mira Veda – RIP Whitney

Mentor Beats – RIP Whitney Houston. Life is too short. Enjoy it while you can. God bless x

The Truth – I know im late but R.I.P one of the greatest ever to do it….Whitney Houston! My love is your love…P

Panjabi Hit Squad – RIP Whitney Houston :-(

Indy Beats – She sung like an Angel but spent too much time in the company of the Devil – R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Sullee J – R.I.P (Picture of Whitney with Tupac)

Mixman Shawn – R.I.P. Whitney Houston…

Tarli Digital – Whitney Houston? RIP? Noooooooo! :-(

Sunny Sahota – RIP Whitney

Raxstar – Damn. #RIPWHITNEY

Bobby Friction – I brought her debut single on 12″ back in my teens…I fell in love with her.xx RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON

Raghav – I can’t believe it… Whitney houston.. We’ll miss u.. All vocalists try to reach that level of vocal perfection… Stunned..

Bohemia – RIP the great Whitney Houston. Will always love you.

Jay Sean – This is so so tragic.Another legend just gone.There were No gimmicks, no tricks, no autotune with her.Whitney was just brilliant.That’s all

H Dhami – Warrup ma people..top night of gigs,apart 4m hearing da tragic passing away off the legend Whitney Houston… A voice that will live 4ever x

MC Special – Just heard the sad news of the loss of #Whitney #Houston RIP 1963-2012 totally in shock. Great vocalist

Swami Baracus – Still sad to hear of whitney houston… this woman was the benchmark for how other voices were judged. Another talent lost to recreation…

Nindy Kaur – RIP Whitney Houston…she was a great singer and will be remembered. I really liked some of her songs, especially…

RDB – Wow another legendary voice gone :( Rest In Peace Whitney Houston…fans please keep her daughter and family in your prayers – RDB

Janina Gavankar – ….just found out about Whitney.

DJ Fricktion – Omg Whitney Houston Died? Shocking!!

Maz (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney Houston… Despite her controversy she had a voice that will be remembered forever.A true diva and legend.

Ziggy (Bonafide) – R.I.P Whitney houstan. We just lost a legend.

Desi Comedy – Jeff Ross did real time Whitney Houston jokes… Wow and definitely not too soon.

DJ Rekha – here is when i truly hope this soul will rest in peace for it seems she had little or none in her short life. Whitney Houston RIP

Humble The Poet – Whitney Houston Dead at 48 That is definitely a voice the world will miss One Love

BhangraPolice a genius or a fool?

27Dec

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Our friends @SimplyBhangra revealed they know @BhangraPolice’s identity.  He’s a long time respected producer who is now on the artist SHITLIST.  What a way to shoot yourself in the foot eh? At one time or another, some of us have come up with alter-egos, some of the best tweets come from alter-ego personas. But BhangraPolice took a step too far, it’s one thing to be naughty/humorous, but when you spit venom and stir up shit… if you are respected in the industry there’s no need to come up with an alter-ego.  You are respected for your creativity, so speak creativity too!

The one thing he succeeded at was pissing off a lot of people and burning down bridges. I felt really bad for Bally Jagpal, who MANY suspected he was the one posting as BhangraPolice. Sorry folks…its not Bally (from what I’ve been told)

BhangraPolice is gone,  but not forgotten.  Any PR genius want to come to this artist’s rescue? And BhangraPolice if you are reading this, I would gladly give you a platform to explain yourself. You know where to reach me.

Brighting light to Desi Media Bullying LGBT Members

23Dec

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Our friend @TheGaysian brought to our attention a sad trend that has been around for a long time – media professionals who are a part of the LGBT community, but are being bullied by their managers and co-workers, especially in Desi Media. It all starts with a snarky comment and escalates to isolation and intimidation to unemployment. We stand next to the TheGaysian that this is NOT ok. While in these tough economic times, some might believe its foolish to stand up for a co-worker being bullied if that means YOU might get fired, but where’s the integrity?

As members of the LGBT community – we live, we sleep, we cry and we do a kick ass job in media like anyone else. Some of us are open and some of us are not, regardless whether we are out or keep our sexuality to ourselves; no one has the right to bully us. It only takes one person to stand up for another to set a positive message.

I would encourage if you see this type of ruthless behavior in the workplace, especially if you are a member of the media – be bold and stand up for your co-worker.

No such thing as queer desis? Think again… check out trikone.org

Another repetitive beat…Why N.S? Why?

23Dec

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Believe me… I really wanted to fall in love with this tune, really I did. While it promised an upbeat tempo, the repetitive beat just made me want to gag. There is nothing fresh about this track, that normally N.S delivers – but anyone can have a bad day or in this case a bad track.  We will probably receive death threats from you hardcore bhangra fans… you know the email. Keep them coming. Daru is poop poop.

Simon WANTS You!

1Dec

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We don’t mean Simon Cowell, but a cooler Simon – the one and only Simon Duggal! What an impressive resume he has… founding member/producer/writer for Swami, producer of Shania Twain, producer/writer for Apache Indian and producer/writer for Stereo Nation. He’s currently looking for  male and female singers/rappers, song writers and dancers to participate in upcoming projects.

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Good Luck!

Sunny Leone will break record numbers…

30Nov

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The hot topic this week (for the past few weeks) is Sunny Leone on India’s Bigg Boss show. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Sunny Leone is a porn star here in the states, but having the pleasure of interviewing her (twice), she’s a very smart and intelligent woman. I would bet you all the rupees in the world, the people who are complaining about her, secretly jack off to her videos behind the black curtain.

The complaints are lame, I don’t think Bigg Boss is meant for the younger viewers, but again some people are under the delusion that all entertainment made in India is strictly for families and no one else. Bigg Boss is all about controversy. I’ve seen kids as young as 12 looking at porn in Mumbai internet cafes. I’ve seen couples around marine drive having dry sex on the beaches. I doubt Sunny is going to “corrupt” minds, the sponsors of Bigg Boss will see some major ROI bucks coming in – thanks to Sunny.

Imran Khan the Singer Finally Lands in the USA

13Oct

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South Asian music fans, party promoters, concert goers and much of the South Asian community has been in suspence for the past 13 days because of one man, Imran Khan. 315878_231835763537306_100001326510181_583878_519178145_n
Khan was set to kick-off his first U.S. music tour with Bhangra sensation H-Dhami and music group Culture Shock on October 1, 2011 in New Jersey. Due to unforeseen visa issues, Khan was unable to possess his stamped visa before the date of Oct. 1. This prevented him from making it to his first three shows in New Jersey, Washington D.C., Atlanta. These dates have been postponed and rescheduled. Please refer to Mogul Entertainment Group’s website for up-to-date information.
Imran Khan has finally sorted out his visa issues and landed in Houston,Texas this afternoon for his show in Houston on Friday, Oct. 14.
“Just landed at the Houston airport, now lets see what kind of show the customs have ready for me loool”  PIC HERE said Imran Khan on his Twitter.
We are looking forward to what The Takeover Tour has in store for the thousands of eager fans waiting for the hottest South Asian artists in the world.
For more information regarding the tour  please visit http://www.mogulentertainmentgroup.com or e-mail pr@mogulentertainmentgroup.com
 
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Updated: 10/13/2011

Houston, Texas
Friday, October 14
… Arena Theater
7322 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
http://www.desiclub.com/ FOR TICKETS

Los Angeles, California
Saturday, October 15
** POSTPONED**
**STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS**
The Terrace Theater
300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Presented by: Super Entertainment

Chicago, Illinois
Friday, October 21
Copernicus Theater
5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL, 60630
http://www.desiclub.com/ FOR TICKETS

New Jersey
Saturday, October 29
The Ritz Theater
1148 East Jersey St., Elizabeth, NJ 07201 New Jersey
Presented by: Music Waves and SRK Entertainment
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Atlanta, Georgia
TBD
Sidney Marcus Auditorium at Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Presented by: Paracha Entertainment
http://www.desiclub.com/ FOR TICKETS

Washington DC
Friday, Nov 4
Location to be determined
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San Francisco
Saturday, Nov 5
Oracle Arena
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
Presented by: Mehta Entertainment
http://www.desiclub.com/ FOR TICKETS