Let it be said that “Awkwafina” is one of the great stage names of the last hundred years or so, and no, it has nothing to do with that overpriced bottled water from PepsiCo. The actress/rapper formerly known as Nora Lum studied journalism and women’s studies at the State University of New York at Albany, interned at the Times Union, and then took off for China to learn Mandarin.
And if you missed her in Ocean’s 8, you can see her in Crazy Rich Asians.
Oh, yes, she still raps now and then. “Pockiez” is from her 2016 EP In Fina We Trust.
Truth be told, she won me over with that Shaw Bros. logo in the opening.