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Positively No Filipinos Allowed

There was one day, one era, in the past where anyone who looked like me was considered to be alien, wrong, and unwelcome. There are times today when this sentiment seems as raw as it was during that day and era, and there are feelings that perhaps nothing has changed at all. I think, if anything, […]

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L.A. Notes

The Reason Why I Fell in Love with Words

I gave my money to the Los Angeles Times today. When I was growing up, my parents read the newspaper religiously. The Daily Breeze when we lived in the South Bay. The Press-Telegram when we lived in Long Beach. My mother had told me: “Read the newspaper. You’ll be smarter.” And so I did, and […]

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An Ode to Dave Chappelle

In one bit on Dave’s Chappelle’s groundbreaking For What It’s Worth comedy special, he reminds us, right before he breaks into his famous Ja Rule bit, that we should stop worshipping celebrities. If I had the chance to go back in time and catch Dave writing that bit, I would’ve said, “Hol’ up. I’mma let […]

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Movies Notes

“The Opening Act,” Reviewed: A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Comic

Stand-up is a form of art, and if you hadn’t already known that, “The Opening Act” is proof evidence. Written and directed by Steve Byrne, “The Opening Act” dives deep into what is often the driving force behind what makes a comic become a comic. Will Chu (played by Jimmy O. Yang) is an insurance […]

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Notes The Writing Process

To Become A Full-Time Write-At-Home Dad

It was January, 2016 when I realized that I was dying inside. Nothing medical, though had I continued on my path, I was sure to lose a part of myself that was critical to who I was, my identity, which never even had a chance to blossom — the part that wanted to be a […]

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Notes Sports Travels

Photos Of Basketball Courts From Around The World

In September, 2015, I was assigned to create content for the basketball category at Under Armour and found myself standing in front of several basketball courts from around the world. I had grown up playing basketball at a young age, and it continues to be my favorite sport. There’s just something serene about watching street […]

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Poetry Vignettes

Beetle on a String

We looped a thread around the beetle’s body. It buzzed over our heads. Circling, circling, circling. No remorse. No retreat. Wasn’t about life. Wasn’t about a game. Was about the day, was about time. The Scarab Beetle, lost in the world. Found. Only to be handcuffed for being strong. Held down, flight cancelled for the night. The […]

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Notes The Writing Process

Three Books I'm Reading Today

I’m not sure if this is common knowledge among writers (you never really know) but it’s always worth pointing out that if you want to become a better writer than you were yesterday, you must read everything. ”I’m influenced by everything I read, shamelessly. ‘In a review someone said, ‘Oh, she sounds very much like […]