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.
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.
Listen to me ramble incoherently for 12 minutes about how much I am obsessed with the song and video for Beyonce's "Formation."
Thanks to the wonder of technology, I connect with Erin and Angela in San Francisco from Los Angeles and we, like everyone else, get into it about the hot-button topic of the whiteness of the Oscars and the state of people of color in Hollywood. I also force them to listen to me gush about Hamilton for 15 minutes.
It's the first "Off White Shorts" episode and the first episode of 2016! It's only appropriate I get on my soapbox for a couple of minutes and talk about what everyone else is talking about at this time of year: the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations.
It's the end of the year, so I thought that it is only appropriate to bring out the BIG guns for the last episode of 2015. Joining the panel this week are comedians Josef Anolin and Stevie Post as well as Kaeli Quick artistic director of Endgames Improv and member of improv group Vagina Jones. In addition to talking about what makes a "sensation" and the minority group we call, "gingers", we discuss the normal racist and discriminatory stuff going on in this lovely world, but most importantly, we talk extensively about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A lot. I guess you can consider this the unofficial Star Wars episode of Off White. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
P.S. You can catch Josef, Stevie and Kaeli at SF Sketchfest in January. Get tickets here. Get into it.
Very special guest Delious Kennedy from the famed R&B group, All-4-One, joins me and producer Tony for another glorious discussion of minorities in entertainment and media. We have a conversation on an interesting mix of topics including the Soul Train Awards, The Wiz Live, the trailer for American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ, Adam Sandler's latest (and offensive) The Ridiculous Six, Islamaphobia, and the BEST movie of the year, Creed. I also slip in a little Star Wars talk because it's my show and I can do whatever I want.
This episode is a big one folks! For the 6th installment of Off White, I welcome writer/director Owen Dara and actor/producer Jessica Lancaster from the film, The Holy Fail. Also joining is actor/producer Gwendolyn Oliver as well as music producer/artist manager Tony Smith, who happens to be the producer of this very episode (and possibly future ones!)
We talk about some pretty heavy stuff like the events of Paris, Mizzou and even child slavery. (Yikes) We also delve into the Hollywood wage gap for women before adding some levity by playing a rousing round of "Re-cast" with James Bond — which is proves to be quite interesting. We also talk about some cool costumes that Jessica and Gwendolyn wore to the Ellen show which won them a prize that made me super jealous of them.
For more info on Owen and Jessica's film, The Holy Fail, follow it on Twitter at @theholyfailfilm. You can follow Gwendolyn on Instagram at @gwendolyn_oliver. Last but not least, listen to the artist that Tony talks about in the episode, Anthony Starble at his website. Believe me, he is that good.
This week, I am joined by Jason Leroy and Rebecca Olarte from The Binge Podcast via a Google Hangout to talk about Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, racist Halloween costumes. Raven-Symone, that damn hyphen in her name, and Taylor Swift's ignorance about "petting" a black man's hair — but not in that order. We also play a round of "Re-cast" with an ensemble of actors from one of the best comedies ever. I guarantee you'll enjoy this episode. If you don't, I'll add another hyphen to my name.
We've made to number 4!
In this episode, I welcome documentary filmmaker Cristine Cardenas, writer/director Weldon Powers, and producer Annette Villarreal. Join us as we chop it up about Viola Davis's win at the Emmys, her moving acceptance speech, and the General Hospital actress that trolled her. We also punish Matt Damon for the ignorant words he said on Project Greenlight. And of course, we play another round of "Re-cast" with the actors of Friends -- and it's a good one!
In the third episode, I am joined by Angela Tabora, the lovely filmmaker behind the Nomadic Family Project, wondrous comedic stylings and impressions from Melissa Villaseñor, and of course, filling the role of our token white hetero male is Doug Molidor.
As we dine on Sour Patch Watermelon sours and some of my guests guzzle down some whiskey, we discuss some hot button topics in entertainmetn and pop culture including the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, Straight Outta Compton, the outspoken wonderfulness of Gina Rodriguez, and not being "Asian" enough. It's an auditory treat for your ears.
The sophomore episode of Off White welcomes the fancy female stylings of southern-born Greek/Lebanese/Cajun/Jewish radio personality Dayna Keyes, the fine wisdom of trans activist and storyteller Roman Rimer, and token hetero white man improvisor and stand-up comedian Brandon Garner.
In this episode we discuss the new diverse landscape of the Star Wars movies, Elle Fanning's upcoming role as a trans boy in the movie About Ray, and a controversial joke about Blue Ivy that was made on Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner's new show, Difficult People. We also do a round of the "Recast" game with The Hangover and give all the roles to females. But before all that, we have some serious conversation about Dayna's connection to the Doobie Brothers, Uncle Michael McDonald, and Liza Minelli.
In the inaugural episode of Off White, I welcome comedian Kaseem Bentley and hosts of the Bitch Talk podcast, Erin Lim and Karyn Paige to what will be the first of many lively and inappropriate discussions about the portrayal of people of color and minorities in film, TV, and in media.
The first episode (or "pilot" as they say in the biz) is jam-packed with topical fodder including Caitlyn Jenner's acceptance speech at the ESPYS J.K. Rowling having Serena Williams's back on Twitter, J.J. Abrams's shout out to Asians at Comic-Con, Brandy's failed attempt at busking on the New York subway, the guilty wonder that is Bill Cosby, and many other colorful bits of news. We also end with a rousing game of "Recast" where we recast a predominantly white superhero movie with actors of color... and it's more difficult than you think. Enjoy the first episode, because there will be others.