Tess Mayer@tesslomayer

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Pics of Hari Kondabolu for Interview Mag. Lil snippet of he and Riz Ahmed's conversation below.
AHMED: In terms of your documentary, is the dream to get to a point where there’re so many different portrayals of people of color, and they’re so frequently depicted as being as intelligent or as heroic and on equal footing with white characters that you can, quite happily, have an Apu character? And Apu stops being an archetypal, “Hey, isn’t this what all South-Asians are like?” and starts just being like, “Oh, yeah, this is just a funny dude who works at the store.” Is that a dream?

KONDABOLU: I think it’s even more specific than that. You don’t have immigrant characters with a great deal of depth, generally, especially if they’re South-Asian. I don’t see many characters where you get a sense of the immigrant experience: where you get an experience of hardship, and an experience of humor. One that’s derived not from mockery, but actual [precedent]. You don’t see that with immigrant character portrayals, and it’s not only South-Asians. When they made that character, Apu, it’s not about us; it’s about our families, man. About that generation. So to me, it’s about having a fuller voice. When I made this film, it wasn’t even about Apu. That’s the trigger: that’s the thing that many of us had growing up that would be the immediate example, and it’s The Simpsons, so everybody understands that; it’s under everyone’s nose. But to me, this is part of a larger legacy of minstrelsy, and I think it connects to the idea of like, “Why is it wrong to wear this Kim Jong-Il character?” Well, why is it wrong for a white guy to do a funny voice? It’s not our story! You’re representing our faces, our features, our stories, our voices, our families, and you’re doing it wrong! That’s what it’s about.


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Throwback cow babies!

Stamford, New York
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Caroline Western & pretty light


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Actor and writer Jocelyn Bioh


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An extremely hysterical and accurate image of my now divorced parents from 4 years ago. Been sorting through my old negatives, expect many tbts.


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Today's edition of pics I forgot I took with a plastic camera last summer.


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Caroline again


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Caroline


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🐶🐶 2015


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Hung out with @sarahmeyohas while she was installing her show at @redbullartsny last weekend. ✍️x @interviewmag

Red Bull Arts New York
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phone drama

Delhi, New York
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a tbt set photo


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Missing trees and winter. View from across the street of my old house in 2015.

Bovina, New York
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Ava stealing my coffee stained Leica shirt in 2016 and Ava stealing my ICP Gerda Taro shirt in 2012


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Oldie of a cool Trisha Brown performance at the NY Public Library. Shot for the @nytimes

New York Public Library
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Photographed Knicks Dancers auditions a few weeks back - these kids were dancing non stop for about 5 hours 😳

Madison Square Garden (1925)
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Carrie Coon in the East Village.
@theintervalny


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Last of the famous ppl roids - thank you @treytylor ! @interviewmag


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Bald ppl at @marcjacobs


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⚡️


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Ashton at Calvin


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Vic Mensa at Coach @interviewmag


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Glam glam backstage @marcjacobs

Park Avenue Armory
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le glam @helmutlang


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Caroline


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heppy BERTHDEY ‼️ u r cool & old


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