My video interview with Chef Suzy Singh

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/35299328]

I had a lot of fun interviewing Chef Suzy Singh earlier this week. She’s bubbly and driven (and she likes to give out hugs). The “Seven Questions With…” format is a great way to speak with interesting personalities because it’s casual and personal. This was the first interview I shot and edited entirely myself, and it was a great learning experience–one which I hope to repeat many times in the future.

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The newest South Asian fashion queen on everything from inspiration to her must-have accessory.

Every day for Azeeza Desai Khan is a new adventure. Between working in advertising and designing for Atelier AZZA, Khan has a lot on her plate and somehow finds enough time to juggle it all.

Read more: Seven Questions With…Azeeza Desai Khan of Atelier AZZA | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Just call me Vannah White.

This evening, I hosted a live watch party of the Fashion for Compassion stream on the Divanee Facebook page. Considering this was our first such attempt (and shot only on an iPad), I’d say it went pretty damn well. The crowd in NYC looked like they were having a great time and I think those of us who chatted on Facebook did too. If you missed the video, you can watch it here.



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Let the drummer kick.

YouTube is crawling with talent, and seems to be chock full of cover artists with creativity that flows unabated. While many stun us with their voices or inspire us with instrumentals, there are few who can do what Sarah Thawer can. The 17-year-old Canadian Indian has music in her blood, but certainly doesn’t fall in the shadow of her father Mehboob, who plays in his own band.

Read (and watch) more: Beat It: The Best Indian Drum Cover Songs by Sarah Thawer | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Judge me by the company I keep. These filmmakers are so talented.

Seven Questions With…The Producers of “Fordson” from Amina Elahi on Vimeo.

For many American Muslims, the backlash following the September 11 attacks was fresh ten years ago and still lingers today. Nowhere is this more true than in Dearborn, a working class suburb of Detroit where the high school population is 98 percent Arab-American. At Fordson High School, there’s more to life than football, but when the team is practicing to play their arch-rival in the last 10 days of Ramadan there’s a lot on the line.

Read more: Seven Questions With…The Producers of “Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football” | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

The best thing about this video? I made it myself.

Lush fabrics, bright colors, intricate prints and weaves. There are a lot of awesome things about desi clothes, but none better than the ability to buy affordable outfits, made to measure. What this means, of course, is that we are able to customize in a way we can’t with Western clothes. However, with poor measurements and improper fit, we run the risk of looking awkward instead of chic.

Read more: Video: How to Take Your Measurements, with Sahar Dada | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.