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#MixUp: Oh Dear – Quantico network ABC just mistook Priyanka Chopra for someone else.

Priyanka Chopra’s received rave reviews for her portrayal of an FBI agent in the new ABC Network’s spy drama ‘Quantico’, so it must have come as a mild surprise for her when a news programme on the same network mistook her for fellow actress and beauty queen Yukta Mookhey.

The blunder was made this weekend on ‘Nightline’ as it promoted an interview with Chopra.  ABC quick apologized for the mistake. 

The story deals with the racial bullying Chopra suffered during her school days in the United States.  Chopra had moved to New York aged 13 to study.

To her immense credit, Chopra took ABC’s oversight in her stride, simply tweeting “LOL”.

Mistaken identities apart, Chopra can be utterly thrilled after ‘Quantico’ received critical acclaim pretty much across the board.  Even on the occasions the show itself was criticized – one reviewer called it a “silly spy drama” – Chopra won praise for her portrayal of FBI agent Alex Parrish.

The role’s a major coup for Chopra, 33, and critics agreed.

“Naturally Gorgeous and Charismatic”, one reviewer described Chopra whilst another said Chopra "has a poise and sexual spark that suggests a formidable potential FBI agent whose mind and beauty are equally stunning".

The former Miss World’s character Agent Parrish is among a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining the Bureau, who battle their way through training at the FBI’s Quantico base in Virginia.

One of those recruits goes on to launch a devastating terror attack – “the worst on American soil since 9/11” – and Agent Parrish is framed for the attack.
Parrish, of course, has nothing to do with it and embarks on a mission to clear her name and protect the country she loves.

Producers have described ‘Quantico’ as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ meets ‘Homeland’: two of the finest shows to come out of America in recent years and, ABC’s nightlight producer apart, everyone appears to agree.

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#MixUp: Cameron’s ethnic minority pledges drowned out by football faux pas

With just days to go until the General Election, party leaders have been scrambling to reach out to the voter group that will help decide who will occupy 10 Downing Street on 8 May.

Britain’s long-marginalized Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) voters have been the target of some serious schmoozing over the past 12 months and on Saturday it was the turn of the Conservatives to extend a hand of friendship as Prime Minister David Cameron launched his party’s’ BME manifesto.

Mr Cameron promised a raft of measures that aims to create what he called an “opportunity country” where everyone can “make the most of their talents” irrespective of ethnic background.

The promises included the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and ensuring that 19,000 BME students are in university.

The two measures appear to address two key issues that have caused widespread anger among British Asians – the disproportionate number of long-term unemployed BME youths as well as the equally disproportionate number of young ethnic minority individuals unable or unwilling to pursue university education.

Mr Cameron also pledged that the first Asian Prime Minister will be from his party – a promise he first made at an Asian awards night in 2014 and which has proved popular among British Asians.

“We are the first party to have a female prime minister, we were the party of the first Jewish prime minister and I know one day, we are going to be the party of the first black or Asian prime minister," he said.

It was stirring stuff, no doubt about it, but the message of engagement of Britain’s ethnic minorities was ultimately drowned out – as these things usually happen in politics – due the fact that Mr Cameron forgot which football team he supports.

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