HYPE: Vol. 2 (11/9) New venue, new voices.

On November 9th, xBk––the exciting new live-music venue in Dogtown, DSM––hosted the second installment of their HYPE concert series. The concert featured touring artists Frank Knight, R.Q.Tek and DJ J-Ronin (all of whom hail from the venue’s namesake [B]roo[k]lyn, NY). Knight and Tek shared the stage for each other’s sets, and got the whole crowd (albeit an intimate one) pumped and on their feet. After the NYC boys concluded, several local acts took to theContinue reading

About me

I grew up in rural illinois––the only Asian-American kid in my class, school district and county. I struggled with representation everyday: not seeing people who looked like me in the halls, teaching the classes, coaching the teams. And to go home and not see myself represented in film, television and music hurt even more. My issues with identity have led me to work in entertainment, and fight to put interesting and diverse faces on screenContinue reading

The making of…”The Call” by Teller Bank$

When I approached Teller Bank$ about collaborating on a music video, he laid out his ground rules. No lip-syncing. He said that it’s out of character for him to lip-sync in videos, and wanted to tell his story through action, not gimmicks. Chronicle the come up. At the end of the day, “The Call” (and the other songs off his album) tell the story of Teller Bank$ coming out of a rough situation and makingContinue reading

Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” deep read

There is an exchange between Edna and Robert in Chapter XXXIV of The Awakening that is as irritating as it is poetic.  “Perhaps I shouldn’t have come back,” he said. “When you are tired of me, tell me to go.” “You never tire me…” The very next paragraph of this passage Edna inquires about Robert’s tobacco pouch, which he was given by a young Mexican woman. This is where Edna snaps. Just like that, sheContinue reading