Mindy Kaling mortified by brother's racially charged book 

click to enlarge Mindy Kaling's brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam is drumming up publicity for his book, “Almost Black: The True Story of an Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing as an African American.” - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Mindy Kaling's brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam is drumming up publicity for his book, “Almost Black: The True Story of an Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing as an African American.”
He’s not quite Billy Carter, but Mindy Kaling’s older bro has made a spectacular showing in the “most mortifying celebrity sibling” competition with a baffling screed about his life as a black man (spoiler: he’s not black).

Vijay Chokal-Ingam launched a social-media blitz on his website over the weekend with a lengthy account of his failure to get into medical school as an “Indian-American frat boy” with a 3.1 GPA, and his subsequent acceptance while posing as Jojo (Jojo?!), a black student with a 3.1 GPA.

Chokal-Ingam, an opponent of affirmative action, is rustling up publicity for his book, titled “Almost Black: The True Story of an Indian American Who Got Into Medical School Posing as an African American And Loved Run-On Book Titles” (well, except for that last bit). In it, he claims he shaved his head, trimmed his eyelashes and joined the Organization of Black Students after deciding the “admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let’s say … less stringent?”

Kaling won’t be buying a copy. On Monday, a representative for the “Mindy Project” star told US Weekly, “Mindy has been estranged from her brother for years. She was not aware of his decision to apply to medical school under a different name and race.”

Chokal-Ingam could use the money — he dropped out of St. Louis University’s medical school after two years.

BEES BUZZ OBAMA EVENT

President Barack Obama may be the leader of the nation, but a rogue bee nearly sparked a populist uprising among children at the White House’s annual Easter egg roll on Monday.

An insect interloper buzzed Obama as he read Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” to a cluster of children on the White House lawn.

“Oh no, it’s a bee!,” exclaimed Obama, causing the kids to erupt in flailing and squeals, according to The Associated Press. Obama quickly changed tack — “That’s OK guys, bees are good. They won’t land on you. They won’t sting you” — and order was barely restored.

QUICK TAKES

Dr. Fredric Brandt, dermatologist to stars such as Madonna, was found hanged at his Miami home Sunday. A parody of Brandt, played by Martin Short, recently appeared on Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” … San Francisco’s DJ J Espinosa won the Red Bull Thre3style National Championship on Saturday, which means he’ll be defending America’s honor later this year at an international DJ smackdown in Tokyo.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Kevin Alejandro (“True Blood”) is 39. … Actor Jackie Chan (“Supercop”) is 61. … Singer John Oates is 67. … Director Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”) is 76. Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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