Press Release: Honorees Announced for Identity LA Festival

LOS ANGELES, CA – The City of Los Angeles’ second annual IDENTITY LA music festival celebrating Los Angeles’ Asian Pacific Heritage Month to honor some of the top leaders, innovators, artists, and community activists in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American community. IDENTITY LA honorees have just been announced that represent different important segments that make up the vibrant cultural identity of the Los Angeles region, arts, activism, leadership, youth, digital, etc.

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May 4, 2017

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HONOREES ANNOUNCED FOR IDENTITY LA FESTIVAL CELEBRATING TOP LEADERS, INNOVATORS, AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS IN THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN COMMUNITY

The Second Annual Free Outdoor Concert Will Feature Prominent Asian Pacific American Entertainers And Performers As Well As a Special Ceremony Honoring Top Leaders in Asian Pacific American Community.

LOS ANGELES, CA – The City of Los Angeles’ second annual IDENTITY LA music festival celebrating Los Angeles’ Asian Pacific Heritage Month to honor some of the top leaders, innovators, artists, and community activists in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American community. IDENTITY LA honorees have just been announced that represent different important segments that make up the vibrant cultural identity of the Los Angeles region, arts, activism, leadership, youth, digital, etc. These honorees include:

  • Awareness Through Arts & Entertainment Award: The Cast and Crew of the film “GOOK”
    • Presented to a Group or Individual for Artistic Achievements that have Contributed to Positive Social + Community Change for the Asian Pacific American Community.
  • Digital Pioneer Award: Jenn Im
    • Presented to a Group or Individual for their Pioneering Contributions in Positively Elevating the Asian Pacific American Community through Digital Media.
  • Activism Award: Taz Ahmed & Zahra Noorbakhsh of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim
    • Presented to a Group or individual for their Contributions in Empowering the Asian Pacific American Community through Activism + Education.
  • Community Growth Award: EPIC: Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
    • Presented to a Non-Profit Organization for their work at Empowering the Asian Pacific American Community through Activism + Education.
  • LA Youth Award: Alex Siv
    • Presented to an LA Based Youth (18 or younger) for their work in Empowering the Asian Pacific American Community through Activism + Education.

Presented by Councilmember David Ryu (CD 4) and International Secret Agents (ISA), IDENTITY LA music festival is a free and open to the public concert highlighting Los Angeles’ vibrant Asian Pacific American (APA) history as well as showcasing APA’s contributions in shaping the social, cultural, and economic future in Los Angeles.

Korean RnB artist, DEAN to headline the Festival alongside his futuristic underground crew, Club Eskimo. Folk Pop group, Us the Duo, and special guest, producer/electronic music artist Giraffage will fill out the closing part of the concert. The rest of the evening will consist of a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and pop artists of Korean, Filipino, Taiwanese, Japanese, South Asian, and Pacific Islander heritage. These performances from fan-favorites, Starro (soulection), Year of the Ox, Kronika (soulection), Doctors&Engineers, Tenelle, Saay, and Dj Zo will celebrate APA’s dynamic culture in the heart of Los Angeles.

The festival will run from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. To RSVP and get more information, fans can visit http://isatv.com.

“This year’s lineup is reflective of the diverse Asian Pacific American community here in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “What better way to celebrate the achievements of our APA community than by bringing our city together with premier artists from around the world.”

“It’s tremendous to see how responsive the community has b­­­­­een to this year’s IDENTITY LA music festival and the eagerness to get involved,” said Dan Matthews from ISA.

For more information, and to join our organizing team, please e-mail: info@isatv.com

HONOREES:

CAST + CREW OF THE FILM “GOOK”

(Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival) Directed & Written by Justin Chon. Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It's just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.

JENN IM

Jenn Im is the life and style superstar whose digital influence spans all social media, including her wildly popular YouTube Channel, “Clothes Encounters” which commands 1.8MM+ subscribers, and Instagram @ImJennIm, with 1.4MM followers. Known for her striking, richly saturated, inspired visual aesthetics and easy charm, Jenn is one of the most sought-after content collaborators for major brands and publications. The hit YouTube series she produced for Refinery29, “Hang Time with Jenn” and "Dear LA," helped grow their channel from a couple thousand to now more than 187K+ subscribers. Her very own Im Jenn Im App has been downloaded by 70K+ users. With her polished yet accessible style, she empowers subscribers to dress in what makes them feel best. Jenn's ability to connect with audiences and invite them into her universe (whether it's in her bedroom doing makeup or on an adventure to Dubai) has garnered her avid superfans all over the world—and more every day.

TANZILA “TAZ” AHMED & ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH OF #GOODMUSLIMBADMUSLIM

A monthly podcast featuring Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh about the good and the bad of the American Muslim female experience. But you know, satirically & disturbingly hilarious. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She was a long-time writer for Sepia Mutiny, and was recently published in the anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and currently writes a monthly column called Radical Love. Her personal projects include writing about Brown music at Mishthi Music where she just co-produced Beats for Bangladesh: A Benefit Album in Solidarity with the Garment Workers of Rana Plaza, making #MuslimVDay Cards and curating images for Mutinous Mind State. Taz also organizes with Bay Area Solidarity Summer and South Asians for Justice – Los Angeles. You can find her rant at @tazzystar and at tazzystar.blogspot.com.

Zahra Noorbakhsh is a writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one woman show "All Atheists Are Muslim" a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. Her most recent one woman show "Hijab and Hammerpants" is playing in theaters around the Bay Area. As a comedian, Zahra was a finalist in the Aspen National Rooftop College Comedy Competition and has performed with international acts, Maz Jobrani (Axis of Evil), and Shazia Mirza (Last Comic Standing). She was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. She is a member of the SF Writer's Grotto where she currently teaches courses in comedy writing and storytelling. You can find her rant at @zahracomedy and at www.zahracomedy.com.

EPIC: Empowering Pacific Islander Communities

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) is a national organization based in Los Angeles and was established in 2009 by a group of young Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) leaders who recognized the urgency to address the growing needs of NHPI families. EPIC’s mission is to promote social justice by engaging Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development. EPIC’s vision is an empowered Pacific Islander community and it stands to accomplish this through the following goals: 1) Build Pacific Islander political power; 2) Build Pacific Islander knowledge and knowledge of Pacific Islanders; and 3) Build Pacific Islander leaders.

ALEX SIV

Alex Siv a Cambodian-American full-time college student attending California State University Long Beach (CSULB). He is declared as a pre-social work major and is interested in helping others. Alex is also a devoted writer of hip hop music, poetry, and spoken word. For the past 4 years, Alex has been involved with the Educated Men with Meaningful Messages (EM3) program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Through the EM3 program, the program has taught him leadership development, advocacy skills to address social health issues in his community, and storytelling. The EM3 program gave him the self-esteem and confident to do poetry and storytelling at community events. Because of EM3 program, Alex has always had a passion in his community in creating safe and healthy communities for all. Other work Alex has been involved is with the Building Healthy Communities: Every Student Matters (ESM) addressing school discipline, and the Cambodian Advocacy Leadership Institute (CALI) to organizes the community to improve the overall health of the Cambodian community. Alex Siv lives in Long Beach and has plans to create art in the form of music that come straight from the heart to address the health disparities in his community.

About International Secret Agents
International Secret Agents (ISA) is the premiere platform for celebrating Asian Youth Culture, which aims to showcase the brightest and most talented rising artists of this Internet Generation to a diverse, international audience. Its’ founders, Wong Fu Productions (Filmmakers / Online Personalities, 2.5+ Millions of Subscribers) and Far East Movement (1st Asian American Group to Land #1 Billboard Charting Song, Like a G6), are not only set upon making this grass-roots movement an undeniable presence in the international entertainment landscape, but a movement primarily dedicated to aiding and educating the Asian Pacific American community as a whole. ISA has gone on to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, including AT&T, McDonalds, and Toyota.

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About Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a celebration of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the United States. For the last three decades, the City of Los Angeles has held a series of events throughout the month to highlight the significant contributions that APAs have made to the city's past, present and future. Visit http://apahm.lacity.org/ for more information.


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