Project Runway’s Korina is reality TV’s queen of sore losers (and it feels so good)

Throughout the 13th season of Project Runway, contestant Korina Emmerich teetered between snotty and arrogant.  Continue reading “Project Runway’s Korina is reality TV’s queen of sore losers (and it feels so good)”

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Asian collection at Cleveland Museum of Arts worth seeing

Strolling through gallery after gallery of the vast Cleveland Museum of Art, I came upon the North wing — their permanent Asian Art collection — I didn’t expect much from it.     Continue reading “Asian collection at Cleveland Museum of Arts worth seeing”

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The Confucius Plaza Apartment Building in New York’s Chinatown

I have relatives that live in Confucius Plaza, sometimes referred to as Confucius Tower. Confucius Plaza is an expansive apartment complex with historical significance found in Manhattan’s Chinatown.   Continue reading “The Confucius Plaza Apartment Building in New York’s Chinatown”

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The Chinese restaurant as the gateway to the “American Dream”

My family owned a Chinese restaurant in Plymouth, Michigan for more than 35 years. It was their livelihood and played a large part in our lives.   Continue reading “The Chinese restaurant as the gateway to the “American Dream””

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Fake Facebook: Allen Iverson is broke and begging for money

Another day, another fake news story being shared out on Facebook. This time it’s a story about former NBA player Allen Iverson being broke and begging for quarters at Atlanta’s Lenox Mall.

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Spike Lee vs. Michael Rapaport: The gentrification of New York City

Gentrification is a complicated issue. It becomes even more complicated an issue when you’re brand new to a city like I am to New York. Continue reading “Spike Lee vs. Michael Rapaport: The gentrification of New York City”

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Black culture is popular, black people are not

I came across the following tweet today and thought that it makes a powerful statement on race in a succinct, clear manner; a reality check in eight words: “Black culture is popular, black people are not,” Continue reading “Black culture is popular, black people are not”

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On human empathy: How deeply do you care about complete strangers?

I’ve been wanting to write something about the New York Times article, “The Dutch Mourn Flight 17’s Victims in Their Own Sober Way,” ever since I read it three weeks ago. The piece discussed how and why we mourn or empathize with certain events; how humans emotions are limited by the “distance” or “connection” Continue reading “On human empathy: How deeply do you care about complete strangers?”

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Erhu: What is that Chinese string instrument you saw in Chinatown called?

You just visited Chinatown today and you saw old Chinese men sitting on the corner playing a traditional bowed instrument. So you’re wondering, what is that Chinese strong instrument you saw in Chinatown called? Continue reading “Erhu: What is that Chinese string instrument you saw in Chinatown called?”

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You can’t lose a game that you’re not playing

Something I have been thinking a lot about over the last several months is the idea that life is a game, one that’s been created for each one of us to compete against one another.  Continue reading “You can’t lose a game that you’re not playing”

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If you are visiting or live in New York City, you need to read this guide on etiquette

Big Appled put out this awesome guide on NYC etiquette. There’s a lot of guidebooks and how-to’s for New York, but this one hits many of the right notes, goes deep, and in a humorous way.  Continue reading “If you are visiting or live in New York City, you need to read this guide on etiquette”

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What’d you expect when you let Kenya bring a bullhorn to the RHOA reunion?

Haha haha, HAHAHA I loved how Porsha dragged (drugged?) Kenya across the floor in tonight’s Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion.

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The Fashion Stylingz of San Francisco’s Chinatown

One of my favorite local sites, The Bold Italic, posted a story today about the fashion stylings of the Chinatown set in San Francisco.

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How bad feelings can turn you into a jaded asshole without you knowing it

I don’t think I am a particularly happy or sad person, but an approach I’m always trying to tweak is balancing good feelings and bad ones, and treating them equally. Continue reading “How bad feelings can turn you into a jaded asshole without you knowing it”

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Fans defend racist “Indian” mascot in the face of Native American protest

If there’s a photo that should change the minds of sports fans that want to keep their precious Indian mascots, this photo of a Native-American coldly staring at a fool supporting the Cleveland Indian’s Chief Wahoo just might be it.  Continue reading “Fans defend racist “Indian” mascot in the face of Native American protest”

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Sarah Slocum has a punchable face with or without Google Glass

I know that a good chuck of the 14 of you that read this blog will be shocked and appalled by this post, but I feel strongly about this: Sarah Slocum has a really punchable face.  Continue reading “Sarah Slocum has a punchable face with or without Google Glass”

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Guy checks out woman’s ass and it’s cool until he find out it’s a man

File under: why? I’ve always appreciated the way women compliment each other’s physical attributes without fear that their sexuality will be challenged, and if it is, they don’t care. It’s just built into the way women interact and it’s socially acceptable. Continue reading “Guy checks out woman’s ass and it’s cool until he find out it’s a man”

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David Letterman vs. Leno, Madonna, Joaquin Phoenix

I love David Letterman. Six months in New York and I just realized that I could watch the Late Show with David Letterman live. Continue reading “David Letterman vs. Leno, Madonna, Joaquin Phoenix”

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Arthur Chu is on the verge of Jeopardy history

Influence what you can influence, Arthur. Smash that buzzer multiple times. Click it furiously by your microphone. ClickClickClickClick  
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