This TODAY show segment I did this morning on Kathie Lee & Hoda was absolutely cool. It was bicultural and it felt like an extension of me and my HIGHLY RELEVANT podcast, which you should listen to if you haven’t. Overall, it was just fun to talk about the Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony event which was such a Latino subject, since the concert was in Spanish, with salsa music and the song No Me Ames is a Spanish-language tune. Also, I enjoyed being able to discuss my dissatisfaction with MTV’s VMAs on my podcast, then break it down the morning after on national TV. Truly a blessing for a professional in the pop culture industry. Hope you enjoy it! Read More
The TODAY show green room was packed when I arrived this morning. I bumped into the members of a band I had not heard of until today called NEED TO BREATHE (in capital letters). I’m actually listening to them on Spotify right now and I like they’re sound a lot. They sound very Mumford & Sons meet Imagine Dragons. Watch them get famous before my very eyes. At least I have them recorded on my FB Live video. The reason for my appearance this morning with Kathie Lee & Hoda was for a regular segment called WHO KNEW?, a fun and informative trivia game where Kathie Lee asks people at the NBC Store questions based on a theme. If they get it right they win $100 on the spot, if they get it wrong they win an autographed Kathie Lee CD. My role is to give the answers context and color, thus hopefully interesting viewers in something else beyond the simple answer. You get learn and have fun at the same time. Today’s topic was MOON references in pop culture because today is National Moon Day. Take a look at the clip and see how many you can answer.
*(Premiering Friday, August 12th) Living in New York City is unlike any other city in the entire world. Sure, many global cities might look like it, but none of them offer the diversity, culture and smarts we do. I like to think of my new podcast – HIGHLY RELEVANT – much like my own New York City, one where diversity is welcomed and embraced, where arts & culture are top of mind, and, just a cool place to enjoy highly relevant conversations with some really talented people, some of whom you should already know… and some you should get to know.
Think filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers and journalists… how are they shaping pop culture and what does that mean for us? They say, “it’s about the journey,” well, I’d love for you to join me on this journey, one where you and I will hopefully learn a thing or two right within the confines of your #headphones. And don’t just be a listener, be a participant! Let me know what topics you’d like me to cover and who you’d like me to interview. This will be OUR podcast. The HIGHLY RELEVANT podcast with yours truly… every Friday beginning August 12th.
With the academy awards coming up, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackles Hollywood whitewashing in a humorous yet unflinching way. The focus of the video is self-explanatory, but this whole idea that there aren’t enough good roles for people of color is utter balderdash. Even when roles do exist, they still can be played by white actors. Just ask Emma Stone. Her portrayal of a half-Asian woman in Aloha is perhaps the most egregious act of whitewashing in the modern era.Read More
For those comedy aficionados who really like their comedy uncensored, gutsy and emotionally raw, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli is a must watch. Howard Stern called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time. His words ring true after my Q&A with Lampanelli herself where we got down to the heart of many matters, including, her divorce, detailed insights on Donald Trump, why Cosby won’t survive his backlash, why she’s such a fan of Amy Shumer and how she gets away with being “mean” to her audience, amongst many other funny moments. Read More
*Note: This audio interview is in Spanish On the Enrique Santos Radio Show in Miami’s Mix 98.3FM, Colombian reaggaton star J Balvin spoke exclusively to Enrique Santos via phone on the exact reasons of why he decided not to perform on the Miss USA Pageant, owned by Donald Trump. Listen to his official statement. Read More
New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival in New York City was home to many special events during this past weekend. One of these events was a live podcast by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes located at Milk Studios in Chelsea, NY. It was another episode of their podcast series named “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.”Read More
In 2013 we showcased the trailer to “Koyakatsi” a fantastic proof of concept film idea from writer and director Ayoub Qanir, a talented filmmaker and storyteller who we pegged as someone worth keeping an eye on.
With his latest project, Artificio Conceal, a 17 minute mind bender that touches on some very deep and metaphysical topics we wanted to spotlight its selection in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.Read More
I made my way through the crowded isles at the cinema, my ten-year-old brother at my side, and made myself as tall as I could in order to see over people’s heads in hopes of finding a few empty seats. I had made it a point to get there at least thirty minutes before the movie started and even then the theatre was packed. I finally spotted two empty seats in a dark corner next to an unkempt older man. The theatre was loud with teenagers hollering over almost every line. The older man next to me did not have the most appealing body odor. If this was the case at the average theater in Queens, New York, which I go to for its proximity and convenience, I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like in the city. In the end, as much as I loved 2012’s The Avengers, I was not a fan of that movie-going experience.Read More