#003: The “Recorded Before Certain Events in Baltimore” Episode is OUT!!!

QUESTION FOR YOU, FOLKS: What did you think of season one of ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat? Let us know, and we’ll air your thoughts on ABOUT RACE next week…would love to hear some thoughts from second-generation Americans. Paz! Here, we discuss the first season of ABC’s Fresh off the Boat; the complicated politics of whites adopting racial identities that are not …

President Obama Bums Me Out & A Postscript About the N-Word

So, yeah. By now, you’ve probably heard all about President Obama’s new My Brother’s Keeper initiative on the tube. It’s aimed, according to a White House blog on the subject published this morning, at “empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.” In the blog, the authors drop …

A Vignette, for The New York Times: Travel

I contributed a piece in today’s New York Times called “My Caribbean: 5 Vignettes” which was published as the Travel section’s coverstory. I contributed a postcard, if you will, about a recent trip to my ancestral land, the Dominican Republic. I had gone there on a production jaunt earlier this year for a documentary I’m currently in production on called …

It’s A Cruel Summer

Somewhere in America, a Tio Tomas named Too Curious George Zimmerman is flailing his gun around like a wild cowboy while the family of the teenage boy he murdered mourns and become driven to prevent this from happening again to other Black and Brown. On one hand, it’s quite inspiring to see how people of all races have coalesced around the Stand …

What I Won’t Be Buying into for Christmas: Sammy Sosa’s "Revolution"

***This commentary was intended for a mainstream American news outlet, who ultimately didn’t find Sammy Sosa’s cultural imperialism relevant to its readers (?). I however, believe in dialoguing with ALL Americans, Europeans, Africans and Martians about what this all means. Is Sammy Sosa’s new look merely skin-deep? The short answer is no. While the sight of a previously dark and …

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx Tale in Context

photo source: CNN This is how I responded to the first person who asked me, via Twitter, to react to Judge Sonia Sotomayor‘s nomination to the Supreme Court. “Barack Obama has great taste in women,” I twittered.  Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton. Susan Rice. The women around him, well, kick-ass. Today, Latinas across America have cause to celebrate. Judge Sotomayor, 54, …