Daily, Music

Collaborations That Never Were

I feel so strongly about this. I’ve never heard of Amerigo Gazaway before until yesterday but he is a producer that needs more shine. He brought my lows to highs with his latest production that features the best of Lauryn Hill with the best of Nina Simone. You gotta understand, these two women caused seismic […]

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The Dutch Angle

Taking selfies was so much easier then. Just the two of you, you and your hina, all you had to do was extend that arm and click. Memory saved. When you have two kids though that portrait becomes harder to take. And I ain’t about no tripod either. No extended selfie stick. Nah fuck that […]

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Finding My Voice

Practice. Practice. Trying to listen to my voice here. I’m practicing on listening, listening intently to my voice, the voice in my head, my true self, my truest self, so when I write stories, when I write and edit, that what I want to say in my head is there, right on the paper or screen. […]

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The Fire Started

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and it’s a reminder to me that there was one day, one era, in the past where anyone who looked like me was considered to be alien, wrong, and unwelcome. Though there are times today when this sentiment seems as raw as it was during that day and era, […]

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Things I Believe In…

As of today, the following are the things that I believe in. This list may change tomorrow. Shit, this shit might change in an hour. All I know is that I believe in: Lonzo Ball — the pride of Chino Hills just dropped his first-ever triple double. The talking heads can keep talking. I believe […]

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Daily, L.A.

Case Study House, No. 8

I drove to Pacific Palisades and visited the Eames House today. I had no expectations. I had seen their living room before during the California Design exhibit at LACMA. Back in 2011, the Eames Foundation allowed LACMA to take the entire living room portion of the Eames House, every piece, every book, every rug, save […]

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Oval Office Animals

It’s so fitting that HBO brought back Frost/Nixon — what with these harrowed times. Watching Frost/Nixon is like watching the future, sort of. I can see it now. One day, No. 45 will be faced with a similar line of questioning that No. 37 faced in retirement — of crime, of letting down America, of letting down […]

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Tokyo, 2015

Back in 2015, I worked for Under Armour right when it was on the come up. Stephen Curry (not “Steph” Curry — he didn’t like the abbreviation) just won his first MVP and his first ring. I was the Creative Director for his upcoming Asia tour, dubbed the UA Roadshow. My task was to document […]

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Lessons in Writing, No. 24

When life gets difficult — and especially when it gets difficult — write. Write every day. No matter what. Get that flow. Easier said than done, I’m learning. I’m fixated. On the table, salt-and-pepper shakers served as towers of demarcation, posted in between his hugging hands and her reddening elbows, and I watched from the sidelines, […]

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Career Change

I quit exacty a year ago. I said to myself, “This can’t be your life.” So I quit. I told my wife “Let’s move back to L.A. I’ll take care of the kid, and in between, I’ll follow what I’ve always wanted to follow – be a writer full time.” So I quit. “See you […]

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