L.A., Vignettes

A Conversation Under a Bridge

This photo was taken on La Cienega Blvd. under the 10 freeway on December 13, 2018. There’s a long red light under that bridge, and you can’t help but look around, and you can’t help but talk about what’s around, and so a conversation happened, and it happened like this: “I thought of it as […]

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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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Nina at Newport

Just added Nina at Newport, vinyl edition, to my Amazon wish list. Apple Music, my preferred choice of streaming music, doesn’t play it, which is probably a good thing. I’d rather hear Nina Simone on vinyl anyway. I came across this album because “Trouble in Mind” was one of the first Nina Simone songs I’ve ever […]

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Strawberry Swing

Not sure which one is better. The Frank Ocean cover or the original Coldplay song. Not sure it matters. Love them both equally. By Frank Ocean By Coldplay

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L.A., Vignettes

What Happened to Western Avenue?

What happened to the good ol’ days? Well, they went away with the winter rains. The gutter took them from block to block and dumped down to the beach where the tourists play, down by the Santa Monica Pier. What happened to Western Avenue? They took away its soul and replaced it with a ghoul. But […]

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Words Written

Her voice was thunderous, all things went mute, headed for the backgrounds, power audibles coming through. “Natapos mo ba?” “Opo,” I said with my head down, looking at my dirty toenails. She held my hand and dragged me down the hallway. My slippers slip, slipping away. She led me to my table inside my bedroom […]

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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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