Dear White People, If I’m Being Honest

https://youtu.be/IR_T8jEP_E0 This video was inspired by the words of James Baldwin and the famous debate he participated in at Cambridge University in the 60’s.  In that debate, James Baldwin spoke of ‘the mill’ that people of color are exposed to from the time they are children through their adulthood.  As I listened to that part … Continue reading Dear White People, If I’m Being Honest

He Almost Lost His Life Over an Illegal Turn. The Reason is Sickening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P9-BjYxTu8 According to the Denver Post, a Denver Police Department administrative review in 2013 concluded that there was "insufficient evidence" to press charges against the officers who beat Alexander Landau. You take one look at the injuries Alex sustained (warning: graphic), and any sane person would ask him/herself, "In what world would three officers of the law need … Continue reading He Almost Lost His Life Over an Illegal Turn. The Reason is Sickening.

He Was Shot and Left to Die. The Reason Why Affects Us All.

Gangs notoriously recruit young children. As stated in the video, the shooter was was only 15 years old. Many young children turn to gangs for protection, to escape poverty or to establish a familial unit, but what saddens me the most, is that at such a young age, they are taught that life is expendable – whether it be their own life or that of others.

Artist Remembers His Fallen Friend the Way He Knows How.

At times it is difficult in here, just remembering him and remembering these images and the history we had together. I knew I wouldn't be happy with it until it felt like John and until the final two months of the painting when I looked at it and realized that was John. That's who he was. That's who his family would recognize. It felt like John. I had finally made my peace with that painting. I think ultimately the portrait of John becomes my personal stance against the endless number of John's we have produced over the generations.

The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvlLdHS1FA One of the most detrimental myths to Asians and Asian-Americans is the model minority myth for a number of reasons - mental health definitely being one of those reasons. Mental health and the awareness of mental illnesses are not generally talked about in the Asian household - treated as shameful anomalies in the community. … Continue reading The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community