Original cast from 1992: (top) Kevin Powell, Eric Nies, Heather B. Gardner, Andre Comeau, (bottom) Rebecca Blasband, Norman Korpi, Julie Gentry.

Oh, wowww... I just watched Episode 3, and if you haven’t yet, and do not want spoilers, then stop reading. 29 years in the making; this episode began the deep dive into racial bias and systemic racism. I think it is important to embrace the timing of both seasons, and the impact both seasons (1992 and 2021) felt during two of the most important cases involving brutality and death of black men at the hands of police officers.

Real World, Season 1 was filmed a year after the 1991 Rodney King beating by 4 L.A. Police officers, and during the…

I had laid down for a nap in front of the fire ( I am so exhausted) with Isla. Not fifteen minutes after I get all cozy and comfy — was when I noticed my kiddo heading towards the front door.

A ginormous box was delivered to our front porch, and the driver was ass n elbows gone before we could confirm whether it was ours.

It wasn’t. The box was marked Butcher Box. I asked Sam to read the name and address of the recipient aloud. The one and only mailing sticker was worn away in some spots. The…

This photo is floating around Pinterest with the caption that they were arrested for shooting dice. Not true.

The great racial divide in our country that is happening today is nothing new. It is simply a matter of perspective. It has always been here, it has never gone away, but showing up in progressive forms. As you see the rise and continuation of the BLM protests, and those protesters being harassed and assaulted by white nationalist Trump supporters — the only thing different is that the whole world sees it in real time, thanks to modern technology. Making it increasingly difficult to control the narrative, and hide the racism.

Take the 1950s for example. Mainstream media and many…

Photo credit: Adam Bouska, NoH8 Campaign in 2015

TODAY is both #nationalcomingoutday (since 1988) and #internationaldayofthegirl (since 2012) — and I can celebrate them both! My pronouns are she/her, and I came out to myself in 1997. The first person I came out to was my now long time friend, Matthieu Korso.

Love who you are. Embrace yourself. Own your entity. Today is a good day to be honest with yourself. 🏳️‍🌈 ❤ 🎤

Read my interview with the NO H8 Campaign here.

At age 29 I “came out” to myself. It took me a while to follow my own heart. I spent most of my life trying…

San Francisco, California — September 9, 2020

If you’re not from California, then you can’t possibly imagine the devastation, loss, grief, anger, mourning, anxiety, and fear we are experiencing collectively right now. Currently, we have 28 major fires burning simultaneously. The August Complex Fire has been deemed the worst fire in California’s History.

Read: Heartbreak and Loss In Bear Fire’s Destruction

Also — here are some important things you need to know about our fires:

Most of our fires are grass fires, not forest fires. In the summer, our grass turns a beautiful golden color all over the state. Rolling, golden hills will always mean “home” to…

I watched the live action Mulan for the 2nd time tonight, and still cried during the same key scenes. I resonate so much with this film and loved every minute of it. So did my daughter. LET’S START OFF WITH THE FACT THAT IT IS AN ALL-ASIAN CAST AND DIRECTOR UNDER A MULTINATIONAL MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT CONGLOMERATE IN AMERICA. Asian actors statistically make up less than 3% representation in film and TV.

This version holds its own; taking a more realistic approach yet still yields a sense of fantasy. The replacement of certain characters like Mushu and Shang makes sense in this…

Queen Ramonda, King T’Challa, Shuri, and General Okoye.

“In times of crisis, the Wise build bridges, while the Foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one, single tribe.” — King T’Challa, the Black Panther.

The sequel to the Black Panther is desperately needed, now more than ever and not for the sake of the Marvel franchise; King T’Challa, the Dora Milaje, Shuri, Nakia are all vital representation for the black community. These characters are arguably the most evolved, powerful ideology to ever emerge on screen. Black Panther has set the path forward, raising the bar on how black…

(and please share this, so that many, many people see it)

I just read a post from a friend who described their experience with racism yesterday — right here, the city’s State Capitol of Sacramento, California. I am not revealing the person since their post was for friends only. Just know they are black, a registered nurse, and served in the military. I am sharing snippets of their post because it is important that we have these discussions; particularly us non-black folks. …

photo credit: Elle Jaye Photography

It’s been a few months, and there are still people who either do not understand what ‘Black Lives Matter’ represents — or, they do understand and just don’t believe their lives should matter as much as yours or mine.

Yes, it is 3 words. Three words that stand for racial equality. That demand the end of systemic racism, and racial profiling. That call for an even playing field and an open-ended invitation to sit at the table, speak up at the table, and lead the table. …

Friends have asked me how I am holding up (as I have asked them) during these uncertain times…and I would love to share my thoughts and feelings on how these past 16 weeks have been for me, personally.

I will start off by saying that I have become more exhausted, educated, and excited for the future of America in these last 6 weeks since the protests have began, than I have since the shelter in place happened. I began participating in the Sacramento protests, chanting, marching. Filming young protesters demand accountability with passion and pain, witnessing such a diverse group…

The Bad Filipino

Myki Angeline

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