An Open Letter To My Young Asian Americans Who Like To Drop The N-Word

Monday, August 29, 2016

Dear Youngins,

First off, I am going to refer to you as youngins, because you are. And no, Grandpa doesn't have one foot in the grave, in fact, you can just call me Big Daddy. Unlike you, Big Daddy doesn't lose it early when someone takes off their jacket on a date, and yes, by "lose it" I mean cum early.

I just didn't want to startle you.

And sure Mrs. Big Daddy might have some other things to say on those nights when apparently Big Daddy can't make anybody happy, but who the hell knew I was marrying someone who had a phobia about open closet doors and I was so good at not closing them?

But this isn't about me - this is about you.

I feel you. I get you. I understand in some ways you feel a brotherhood because Black men are men of color, men who've overcame things when faced with people who looked at them differently because of the color of their skin. There's a culture and history there that you can relate to and as POC, communities of color, we share some of those same bonds and shared inequities.

But my youngins - my Asian American youngins, dick and no dick alike:

You're not Black.

You can't call me your n___a.

You can't say hey "What's up my n____a?".

Because again - you're not Black.

That's just the way it works.

You're not down with the Black community. You're appropriating from the Black community. The same community in ways that you're trying to pay homage to in your own way, and again,

I get it -

But you gotta find your own language.

You have to be true to who you are.

--BDS Signing Off--

4X: Random Parry Shen And General Hospital

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Brad Cooper (Parry Shen) GH Episodes 14-19



Brad Cooper (Parry Shen) GH Episodes 26-34



Brad Cooper (Parry Shen) May & June 2014 - GH Episodes



Brad Cooper (2016-03-21) - Brad & Griffin's Jobs Are Threatened



I can't say I watch GH on a regular basis mostly in part because it's in the day and while I'm not averse to the Soap Opera - I typically don't watch them (and I'm still in the process of working a good DVR solution, but I'm a procrastinator). But I have to say the clips I have seen of GH with Parry Shen are really good.

Real real good.

MIN: Take Me Away (AKA I Can't Help It. There're Just Too Many Great Viet Music Videos This Month)

Saturday, August 27, 2016



MIN always seems to have a different look while retaining that sense of self, but the 28 year-old never seems to step out of her comfort zone - and the music is there. Definitely becoming one of my favorite singers.

That's A Chill Sexy Viet Song + Video + "Chỉ Là" By Trang Pháp ft. Dj Xillix + Close To A Million

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Snakehead + Kickstarter

Saturday, August 27, 2016



Snakehead is a feature film about a woman's rise in the international underworld of human smuggling set in New York Chinatown.

Here's a part of the project bio from director Evan Jackson Leong:

I humbly present SNAKEHEAD, a passion project that I've been working on for over 9 years.

Inspired by true events and based in New York's Chinatown, we follow our anti hero, Sister Tse as she rises to one of the most sought after human smugglers in FBI history. From the moment she lands in American waters she quickly learns that the American dream wasn't what she was promised. We will explore the reality of the modern American immigrant through the lens of the Chinatown underworld.

Ultimately, this is a story about a Bad ass Asian woman who finds her community as a feared and respected boss.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arowanafilms/snakehead?ref=video

This Is My Jam + It's That Good (But Only If You Love Great Dancing And Hooks)

Saturday, August 27, 2016



Seriously.

This is my jam.

NEWDAY | Phan Ngọc Luân ft Mai Ngô | Official MV

Saturday, August 27, 2016



I like the song, but I think I wanted a different video, even though it still kept me watching.

#forgetaboutme #lovethisyourself #mytwocentsisworthapenny

Oh Yes: Mina Oba + Akiko Noguchi + Joy And Sorrow2

Friday, August 26, 2016



This is just four minutes of awesome.

What more do you need?

The Overlooked Consumer Group...Us

Thursday, August 25, 2016



Always good to see some articles talking about how we're overlooked (for the most part).

Yet this fixation may lead some to overlook today’s fastest-growing ethnic consumer group: Asian Americans. In 2015, they had an estimated buying power of $825 billion, which is expected to grow to $1.1 trillion in 2020, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia. In the past 15 years, the Asian American consumer market grew by 199 percent, outpacing gains in the disposable income of Latinos, whites, blacks, and Native Americans. The U.S. Latino population might be three times larger than the Asian American community, but the Asian American population is now growing at a faster rate overall.

Watch It: Annalé + Roses

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



Good soul.

Korean American Soul.

Nice.

Pick up the track @ http://smarturl.it/Roses-Single-iTunes

Not Lifted: Well...That New CL Video And Song Kinda Sucks Doesn't It? What's Wrong With The Marketing People? Who Does This Shit? I Need Asian Americans?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



I've been wrong before, but when it comes to Asian stars trying to make a splash in the music biz here in the U.S. - they've all died the death that technically they should - and remember I love my pop of all varieties - but I've been right in knowing that their U.S. singles or the way they were marketed - just suck.

And that's the best way to put it.

Remember BoA's video that got panned? How about Utada going on the morning show (like who got that gig) - and yes Utada is technically Asian American and they should have done a lot more.

Where's Girls Generation now in the U.S. Where's Se7en after he dropped it with Lil Kim?

See - you can't try and make someone U.S. hip hop, when they aren't (although I thought Se7en's single was pretty good).

You need Asian Americans to kick it like that - 'cause you know - we're a part of U.S. hip hop.

And it has to be genuine.

On one hand I'm up for Asian stars trying to do it in the U.S. - I'm down with that. But not when you do it like this, and not when Asian American musicians and artists aren't getting the respect that they deserve.

And this video by CL....it just reeks of appropriation *not* being genuine - even though it wants to be cool.

But we all know you can want things...even if you never get them.

I almost feel like I need to manage someone because no one seems to know how take an Asian star and make them a crossover here. It's like they take the best parts of what made them good, drop it all, and then mold them into something they're clearly not. And sure - I have no experience in this whatsoever - but I feel like I could do a better job then what's been done because the bar keeps getting set pretty MF low.

P.S.

Way to steal that line from Jin. Clearly it is "lifted".

Goodread: I Started A Viral Hashtag For More Asian Representation

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kick it:

Then, during my sophomore year of high school, Fresh Off the Boat started to air. It was the first television show I had ever seen that featured multiple Asian-American leads. I was especially inspired by Constance Wu, who expertly played the leading female role of the family matriarch. The show gave me hope that one day more Asian-American stories would be heard, and that more Asian-Americans actors and actresses would be given more opportunities to do what they love. While I had already decided not to pursue acting by the time the show aired, it was still great to finally see people who looked like me on TV, to feel like I was finally represented. Fresh Off the Boat's success also proves that Hollywood’s conviction that only white actors and actresses are "bankable" is a lie (which, in fact, past studies have already proven).

MV + Dumbfoundead + Harambe

Wednesday, August 17, 2016



That will wake you up.

CAAM + "Who is American?" Immigration, Exclusion & The American Dream Educational Outreach Campaign (Now Until September 15th)

Monday, August 15, 2016

From the campaign:

The campaign, "Who is American?" Educational Outreach for the PBS Documentary THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT will run from Monday, August 15 - Thursday, September 15, 2016. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to distribute free educational resources and host community screenings to reach thousands of students, teachers, and community members in support of the new PBS documentary THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT by acclaimed filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu of Steeplechase Films. CAAM is leading the outreach and is one of the co-producers of this landmark project.
Check it out and donate here.

Trailers: Spa Night + Andrew Ahn

Monday, August 15, 2016



A little bit about Andrew Ahn