African American and Asian American interactions are discussed in "Akira's Hip Hop Shop" at The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine, 2000 Jackson Street (Metro bus #14).
Filmmaker Joe Doughrity will be present for a Q&A session for his film, "Akira's Hip Hop Shop," starring James Kyson Lee ("Heroes") and Emayatzy Corinealdi ("The Young & the Restless"). It is an interracial love story about a Japanese immigrant in love with hip hop who meets a young Black woman with a passion for Asian cuisine and culture.
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"Eli's Liquor Store," written and directed by Arnold Chun and Alonzo Jones, is set in Los Angeles' Koreatown circa 1999. It's the story of Elijah Gooden, a 43-year-old African-American man from Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Georgia Tech University and worked in corporate America before moving his family to Los Angeles to start his own business. He and his family experience culture shock and adversity as they struggle to build their livelihood in an area dominated by Asian-American business owners.
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