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AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS - PASS OR FAIL IN CAMBODIA TOWN

The residues of the war for most Southeast Asians communities in America continue to ripple across their lives from one generation to the next. For the Cambodian population residing in Long Beach, California finding a place to call "home" may be just as hard as finding a path to call their own. This special episode of America By The Numbers aired a few years ago, but the issues that it addresses still resonates strongly within the Khmer people scattered across the West Coast and beyond. Seeing my homie Seng So speak passionately about his work and his family during his segment helped to renew my internal fire, my personal pledge to my community and the work I still need to do that's ahead of me. Know history, know self. 

DJ CITY - LIVE EVIL AT THE SERATO L.A. STUDIOS

Vancouver's own Live Evil is a joint effort by Kutcorners & DJ Marvel, two DJs who have gained respect and notoriety through their many collective and individual honors as club DJs, turntablists, and producers. DJ City recently premiered this video of the duo showcasing a live performance of an original track they produced called "Bang That" (not the Disclosure track). As the art of DJing becomes more and more accessible to the masses, lets be reminded by this flick that skills and musicality will set you EONS above the rest. 

SERATO DJ & ABLETON LINKED - STRO, MANWELL, 14KT

Hypothetically, when worlds tend to collide they promptly shift the paradigms of our cognitive understanding of what's possible, way out there, in the entirely of the universe. Technology has always been a bridge towards the advancements in social communication, industrial globalization, and in many thankful cases, human creativity. In this video we have some of the most respected producers and DJs in the game, Stro Elliot, Manwell, and 14kt, combine their talents and ingenuity to create this magnificent composition utilizing the latest performance tools by two giants of the industry, Serato and Ableton. Challenged to utilize only their own original music in this exercise, these three professionals create an auditory voyage that demostrates their prowess on the turntables and pads. 

LOOPED EPISODE 3 - GABRIEL GARZON-MONTANO

Anthony Valadez is a renaissance man to the core. Cultural documentarian and one hell of a DJ, Valadez has been holding down KCRW for a minute now and he's always keeping it interestingly eclectic with his sets. Looped is his latest pet-project for the station, filming his favorite artists and asking them a series of deep (and just plain fun) questions. Peep the latest episode with Stones Throw recording artist Gabriel Garzón-Montano

FLAVA JAPAN - BBOY AMANO

This video got me all up in those feels. At 67 years young, dancer B-Boy Amano is proving to us that age might still be a set of numbers, but the love you have for expressing yourself never goes out of fashion. I wonder what called him out to his first cypher? I love the insightful nuggets of wisdom throughout this flick. Every word intentional and everything he speaks upon, honest and humble. Just try to tell me this doesn't move you into motion! Ganbatte Amano-san!

THE ATLANTIC - WHAT AMERICANS GET WRONG ABOUT AFRICA

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie breaks down the importance of accessibility and the diversification of literature in modern societal hubs. When there is not enough quality content being pushed towards willing eager minds, what we get instead are ill-informed and miseducated individuals creating their own assumptions and prejudices. I believe in supporting quality literature and content and implementing creative solutions for pushing out the material to the creatively curious. We become a better community when we are constantly learning about one another.