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Bad Moon Always Rising

I live anxious filled days and depressive nights.  Sometimes days are better, sometimes days, it’s light.  I live these days because I have to – and we have to. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival When “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival was first released in April 1969, the United States – as […]

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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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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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“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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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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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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To Write in 2020

It’s time to tear down all the decorations and all the bullshit. It’s a new year, new decade, and I’m fucking 40 years old. I bring my age up because I tend to compare. Like “How old was he when he dropped his first novel?” But despite that, I know that wisdom still persists. I […]

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Today, I went to Tom’s One Hour Photo

I hadn’t a clue who Kacey Musgraves was — but without her unabashed sense of adventure and her huge celebrity-sized following, she wouldn’t have had the chance to spread the word about Tom’s One Hour Photo, which is: My kind of photo lab My kind of photographer My kind of photo I have fond memories […]