Gone but Not Forgotten: Justice for Oscar Grant

It was my first New Year’s since I moved to the Bay. A nice, quiet one: Esther and I played watched movies, drank wine, and maybe stayed up till 12:30am. Maybe. Not till the next morning did I hear the news: a BART policeman had shot and killed an unarmed…

Wishing Joe Lieberman an Unhealthy New Year

With some folks now saying that Barack Obama has been disappointing and not lived up to his potential as the first black president, just remember…Joe Lieberman could have been the first Jewish vice president. When I think about Lieberman, I think about the all-encompassing, dead-on personification of what it means…

The Top 8 Things You Don’t Know about Chanookah

Last night I performed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Festival of Rights party. Shout-out to my boy Dan Wolf for making it happen, and for letting me rock some new material in the shmancy space. SOOOO…just in time for the 4th night of Chanukah (aka holy hump-day), I present to…

Big Show this Saturday…and Why I Love Real Artists

This past week I had the pleasure to witness some amazing shows that cross the fake boundaries of performance, culture, and politics. 2 cities, 4 shows, 8 days…and i didn’t even pay a dime! Quick, non-linear recap: – “In the Heights” (NYC): When I heard there was a hip-hop, merengue…

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

This past weekend, while hosting the UW Collegiate Poetry Slam back in Madison, I got the chance to clear up some confusion when it comes to my work. “I just want to say for the record…I don’t think all white people are evil.” “But white supremacy is the devil.” People…