2016 has had a lot of ups and a lot of downs...and more downs on top of that, but as George Michael says, you gotta have faith. So that's exactly my mantra for 2017, but before we usher in a new year, I say good-bye to 2016 with Bitch Talk podcast host Erin Lim, journalist Nicole Grigg, and Producer Char from the Go-To Productions in San Francisco. Despite all the malarkey and bullcorn happening in the world, we try to focus on all the minority representation in TV, film, and pop culture in 2016 — and we bitch about all the bullshit that it has brought to people of color, women, and the LGBT community. I hope you enjoy the conversation and I'll see you in the new year with more Off White banter.
Before I stuffed myself with carbs, I just wanted to throw up a short ep to give thanks to my listeners, rant about and give tips on how to fight all the Trump madness, talk about how the Hamilton mixtape has kept me sane, and sing my praises of Disney's Moana.
Two episodes in a row with guests of Canadian origin? That's wacky! Well, it seems appropriate considering so many people from the U.S. are looking to move there.
In the latest ep, I briefly touch on my feelings about what happened on November 8, but after,I have a chat with Hayden Szeto from the upcoming comedy The Edge of Seventeen (out in theaters November 18). We talk about his experience as an Asian-Canadian in Hollywood and how his dad actually encouraged him to go into an arts — and for an Asian family, that's totes bonkers!
The cast and crew from the Canadian-based IRL: The Series join me via Google Hangouts to talk about Glenn's fate in The Walking Dead season premiere, the upcoming all female-directed season of Jessica Jones, and Amy Schumer's "Formation" parody — or whatever the fuck that was. We also get into deep discussion about Canadian culture...and by that I mean Drake and Justin Bieber.
This week I welcome amazing writers Laura Sirikul from Nerds of Color and Erin Chew from YOMYOMF. We dig deep into NBC's Mail Order Family malarkey, the so-called Bruce Lee film Birth of the Dragon, the brilliance of Luke Cage, and Hollywood's affinity for whitewashing. I also manage to force my guests to listen to a retelling of the time-honored story of when I scored Hamilton tickets.
It's been a while since I posted a short episode because life and laziness has gotten in the way. In this morsel of Off White-ness, I wax poetic on TIFF and briefly touch on the Emmys — which is all old news considering they happened weeks ago. But I also give a ringing endorsement to Disney's Queen of Katwe for not having a "white savior" and examine the diversity of Fall TV.
Classic VMA performances, spoken word reunions, Colin Kaepernick, donuts, Star Wars, haircuts at the gym, and the mystery of red velvet cake — those are just SOME of the wonderful topics discussed in this jammed packed episode with the talented cast and creators from the film Grass which include director/writer/second-time guest Tanuj Chopra, actress/Vampire Diaries alum Emily Chang actress/reverse-immigrant Pia Shah as well as executive producer/Keanu co-writer Alex Rubens. I had a damn good time on this episode and loved my guests so much that I'm now stalking each and every one of them.
After a brief hiatus, I am BACK... and I have guests! Comedians and actors Atsuko Okatsuka & D'Lo join me for the latest ep to talk about the Olympics, Ryan Lochte Privilege, the Hollywood whitewashing epidemic, and most importantly, the second annual Comedy Comedy Festival in Los Angeles (August 25-28).
Buy tix and find out more about Comedy Comedy Festival here: comedycomedyfest.com.
And make sure you visit Atsuko's website and D'Lo's website to get all their social media deets.
Still recovering from the hellacious lines from Hall H at Comic-Con, I talk about the country's obsession with Stranger Things, the awesome things I saw at Comic-Con and ask the world if I am a bad Asian for not being mad enough about certain issues.
The nominations for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards were announced today and diversity-wise, they were good enough...but I still have a couple of things to say about them.
The lovely Karyn Paige returns to chat about some good ol' fashioned minority oppression. We also manage to have time to talk about our favorite member of New Edition and who was the best blonde on Three's Company.
It would hate myself if I didn't talk about the incredible Prince tributes at the BET Awards and the personification of wokeness that is Jesse Williams. And finally, I go through the list of Academy invitees which includes four Boyz N the Hood and an impressive, diverse list of other actors and filmmakers.
I just got a haircut so I thought I'd record a quick episode to talk about it and the latest season of Orange is the New Black. So in other words, it's just approximately 12 minutes of me babbling. Enjoy.
Please bear with me as I babble my way though trying to make sense of the tragedy in Orlando.
It's L.A. Film Festival time and filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actor Sunkrish Bala join me to talk about their film "Chee and T", Bay Area rent prices, the genius of Prince, and being brown in the biz.
I went to see Beyonce's Formation tour and desperately needed someone to talk to about it so I contacted Jason LeRoy from the Binge Podcast to compare notes on the ordeal. From the TED talk she performed in the middle of her concert to her splashing around in a pool of water to her Prince tribute to her fine hosiery, we cover it all from A to Bey.
Fellow film writers and MCU ambassadors Bernard Boo and Zaki Hasan join me in a lively discussion about Captain America: Civil War with PLENTY of spoilers (consider yourself warned). We also chime in on all the Hollywood whitewashing malarkey and manage to bring the Space Jam sequel into the conversation.
While at SXSW, I had the chance to talk to director Matthew Cherry about his film 9 Rides and his thoughts on being a working director at a time when diversity in Hollywood is probably the hottest topic.
9 Rides marks his second feature film to premiere at SXSW. In addition, he's directed short films, music videos with Snoop Dogg, Common, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce. It was a terrific conversation and he was awesome... my only regret was not asking him if his soul was forever enlightened by staring into Queen Bey's eyes.
Bomani Jones wore a funny "Caucasian" shirt and, of course, white people got mad.
The Broadway juggernaut of diversity, Hamilton is having open auditions for "Non White" people (I would totally do it, but I would probably end up vomiting during my audition out of anxiety). Of course, white people were offended by this because there's not enough white roles out there for them.
The CAAMFestivities continue with my second LIVE podcast at the Asian American film fest in San Francisco with actors Vincent Rodriguez III and Vella Lovell from the hit CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!
I was super excited to record my first LIVE episode of Off White with Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and actor Kelvin Yu at CAAMFest in San Francisco. After screening the "Parents" episode of the show, we talk about how Master of None came to be and they have A LOT of insight about the hot-button topic of diversity in Hollywood (and we crack some jokes along the way, of course). After our panel discussion we open the floor to questions which leads to a very interesting finale.
Live via satellite from San Francisco, Jason LeRoy and Rebecca Olarte from The Binge podcast discuss the highs, the lows, and the most racist parts (of course) of this year's Academy Awards.
I have a couple of things to say to Mr. Pacquiao about his homophobic comments, but first I must sing.