What a Korean American Learned about Korea from a Black American
Nov15

What a Korean American Learned about Korea from a Black American

Alex and I have been friends, co-workers and co-bloggers going back several years now to when we both lived in South Korea. While writing my book, Stranger in a Stranger Land: My Six Years in Korea, Alex graciously offered to help me edit it and also functioned as a cultural fact-checker for me. He was the first person to ever it cover-to-cover, and I was blown away when he asked to write the foreword. Please give it a read and below...

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Best Movies of 2014
Dec30

Best Movies of 2014

  2014 was a great year for film. Whether you like the big blockbusters or the smaller films, there was plenty for you to enjoy. And so much of it was quality. And even the disappointing films tended to be pretty damn interesting anyway. It was a big year and I haven’t seen all of the major film yet. I look over top ten and top twenty-five lists and see plenty that I haven’t hear of or had the opportunity to see in a theater,...

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2014 Hip Hop: What mattered?
Dec29

2014 Hip Hop: What mattered?

Every year people make lists noting the best and worst of what was created that year, but what results more often than not is a list of favorites. This list is an honest attempt at remembering what music mattered this year. Although these are numbered, please don’t think of this as a competition. However this list is sequenced now, I could easily change it tomorrow depending on my mood. This is less of a list and more of a...

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Revolution: Worth Several Sleepless Nights
Oct14

Revolution: Worth Several Sleepless Nights

I have what you would consider a love/hate relationship with TV. I love the extended, serialized storytelling common to the TV experience, but hate commercials and having to sit through recaps and intros which are very common in episodic tales. In any case, these pet peeves of mine drove me to the arms of Netflix, and I have literally not watched a TV program on television in almost a decade. One of the downsides of this is that I...

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Why We Don’t Like Ben As Batman
Aug25

Why We Don’t Like Ben As Batman

So it’s official. Ben Affleck is the new Batman and will replace Christian Bale in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. It’s all over my Facebook feed, and barring a few exceptions, most people are not willing to give him a shot (although Buzzfeed had an article about 21 reasons why we should). I’m like most of the people on Facebook. I have many concerns. This could end up being Marvel’s version of the Hulk, where you had three...

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A Quick Look at the Supreme Court’s Most Recent Session
Jul05

A Quick Look at the Supreme Court’s Most Recent Session

The rulings from the spring session of the Supreme Court (SC) were some of the most far reaching, consequential and significant I can recall coming out of one session. The Court’s ruling on DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), for example, was nothing short of the Brown v Board of Education case of the 21st century in terms of its importance in moving our country closer to perfecting our union. While it can’t be denied the case did not...

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