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Blair Underwood refused ‘Sex And The City’ due to black stereotype

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March 29 : Actor Blair Underwood originally passed up the chance to appear on hit TV drama series “Sex and the City” because he refused to be the token black character.

The “Quantico” star played Dr. Robert Leeds, a love interest for Cynthia Nixon’s lawyer Miranda Hobbes, in season six back in 2003, but he says he was initially approached to make a one-off appearance in season three, opposite Kim Cattrell, who portrayed sex-mad PR guru Samantha Jones, reports aceshowbiz.com.

However, Underwood rejected the role of a top record executive whose sister takes issue with interracial relationships, because the storyline of the “No Ifs, Ands or Butts” episode was too stereotypical for his liking.

Discussing his time on “Sex and the City” on Netflix’s “Strong Black Lead” podcast, he said: “I said no first, two years prior, because there was an episode… Kim Cattrell’s character wanted to be with a black man and it was all about the curiosity. ‘What’s it like to be with a black man? Are the rumours true?’ And I said, ‘Thank you, but no thank you. I appreciate it and I’m honoured.’ And I mean that, I don’t take that lightly when people offer you a job. But I said, ‘I’m not interested in being the black curiosity, but thank you.'”

Producers later reached out with another proposal for the part of Dr. Leeds, and this time, Underwood’s wife, Desiree DaCosta, urged him to take on the gig, which featured a five-episode story arc.

“Two years later, they came back and had an offer to come join the show,” Underwood shared. “And I said, ‘Is it going to be about his race or is he going to be a human being?’ They said, ‘Naw, he’s a doctor that’s in her building who she meets in the elevator and they hit it off.’ That was important. I only did five episodes and they only mentioned it (interracial relationship) once because it’s obvious,” he added. “You don’t have to talk about the black guys. It’s obvious what you are.”

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Salman encourages social distancing with Swag

The superstar added, “These simple yet effective greeting also symbolise our intent to keep each other safe, especially in the these challenging times.”

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New Delhi, May 29 : Heightened safety and hygiene standards is the new normal; to that end Bollywood superstar Salman Khan joins hands with Pepsi to encourage people to greet one another with a traditional Salaam and Namaste.

As ‘social-distancing’ and ‘zero-contact’ become the new IT words, the way forward for people both in India and globally is to ditch the handshake and opt for contactless greetings. The precedent was already set as early as March this year when British Royals and global leaders were photographed opting for desi acknowledgments rather than the accepted Western standards.

In an endeavour to make these contactless Indian greetings a part of the pop culture, Pepsi, along with its brand ambassador Salman Khan, have today introduced an exciting digital forward campaign. The video campaign aims at inspiring the world that greeting each other with a Salaam/Namaste is the perfect way to ensure social distancing and yet maintain connections responsibly.

Speaking exclusively to IANSlife, actor Salman Khan stated, “I am proud to partner with Pepsi and to encourage people to embrace contactless form of greetings. I am confident that people will enjoy the campaign that we kicked off today as real swag is in wishing each other by using greetings like salaam/namaste.”

The superstar added, “These simple yet effective greeting also symbolise our intent to keep each other safe, especially in the these challenging times.”

Khan who is currently home-sheltering along with the rest of the country due to the government mandated lockdown asserts, “Social distancing is the need of the hour and I am proud to partner with Pepsi in this culturally relevant campaign. All our life, we have been taught to care about others and to maintain social distancing in today’s times, is an extension to that lesson. I truly believe that there is real swag in greeting people with Salaam & Namaste as you are not only keeping yourself safe but others too, in the process. Together, Pepsi and I, salute people who are embracing these contactless forms of greetings.”

The campaigns video is an extension of youth centric campaign – eSWAG SE SOLO’ and is based on three relevant insights. The cultural insight which recognizes salaam and namaste as an inherent part of the nation’s culture; the social insight which recognizes the importance of social distancing in the new world; and the consumer insight which recognizes the people’s need to express themselves in a fun and engaging manner. It encourages behavioural change through adherence to social distancing norms through a simple act of doing salaam/ namaste in an entertaining manner.

A PepsiCo India spokesperson said, “Existing habits and beliefs have never been challenged as much as they are being today. Social distancing will take centerstage as people step out of their homes once again. Pepsi as a responsible brand, aims to champion the cause of contactless greetings by encouraging people to use our old age traditional ways of greetings with Salaam/Namaste.”

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Shruti Haasan reveals what keeps her busy amid lockdown

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Mumbai, May 28 : Actress-singer Shruti Haasan has explained how she is spending her days amid the lockdown.

Shruti took to Instagram Stories and shared a photo-collage of herself explaining how she is spending time.

The caption went: “Someone: So how are you spending your quarantine days?”

In the post, Shruti is seen making a funny face, peparing food, posing with the piano and cuddling her cat.

She had recently shared a photograph of herself in gymwear and wrote on the picture: “I did nothing today except work out for an hour… Waste Lady.”

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‘Good work Sonu’, says Punjab CM on actor’s charity

Last week, Chef Vikas Khanna prepared a special dish and named it ‘Moga’ after the town in Punjab where actor Sonu Sood was born.

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Chandigarh, May 28 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday praised Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who was born and brought up in the state, for his charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It fills me with immense pride whenever I read about my fellow Punjabis going beyond their call of duty to help those in need and this time it is our Moga boy Sonu Sood who has been actively helping migrant workers by arranging for their food and transportation,” the Chief Minister said in a tweet.

“Good work Sonu!” he added.

Last week, Chef Vikas Khanna prepared a special dish and named it ‘Moga’ after the town in Punjab where actor Sonu Sood was born.

This is because Khanna is impressed with Sonu’s charity work amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Khanna shared a photo of the special dish with a tweet message: “Dear @SonuSood everyday you are inspiring us. Can’t cook for you right now in appreciation of your work. So sending you a dish. Im going to name “MOGA” after your birthplace. #Respect #RealHero.”

Sonu was overjoyed naturally, and he called Khanna the “world’s best chef”.

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