The SnackS SERIES: a personal digital archive of interesting things I've consumed (and found worth sharing) over the past while. enjoy.
Unless the story went viral, it's hard to tell if something really happened these days. Sharing something on Instagram can feel both monumental (it was important enough to share in the first place) but also completely monotonous in this age of constant sharing and verification. So this is a story I'll be personally keeping an eye on. I don't hear much of rapper T.I. these days but a random DirectTVNow trial subscription showed me he's doing a reality TV show that has a faint air of Trump's Apprentice but a BET production. And despite one's expected reservations for such a show, I'd much rather hear more about T.I's apparent efforts in buying the corner lots of his old Atlanta neighbourhood. He's teamed up with others to continue acquiring more and more properties with the next step plans of investing in them to try to spur investment to revitalize the neighbourhood. The photo above is inside an abandoned grocery store that T.I. owns.
WATCHED: The SEarch for General Tso
If you haven't watched this before, I highly recommend. I admit that the first time I think I've eaten general tso's was during the movie itself where I couldn't help but seamless an order stat but real talk: this documentary was incredibly thoughtful, insightful, and came together at the end very well. Watch the full doc on youtube.
One of my new favourite murals located at the Knockdown Center in BUshwick, Brooklyn. Though a bit of a trek, it was definitely worth to have been able to watch this year's Ladies of Hip Hop Festival. I've always been a deep admirer of dance (s/o youtube + ND's strictly competition for the local show every year in high school) but this was one of the first time's I got to see breaking, waacking and a house battle live. And wow. Women are amazing.
I listened to this episode a while ago... (In January to be exact) but what I've learned over the past few months is how rare Filipino culture + mental health (let alone therapy) are talked about... ironic considering our stereotype of always being part of the service / health industry. ADmittedly the episode + podcast is california-centric but an important discussion nonetheless.
where my fellow therapy heads at?
HEARD: My playlist of new + favourite female / femme-identifying R&B + soul artists
I've said this before but I absolutely looooove the female r&b scene thriving from the US, UK and manila these days. If you've found that you've been on the same wavelength too lately, feel free to follow this playlist as I regularly update it every time I find a new artist. suggestions welcome too! Current PErsonal favourites: Rayana jay, nakala, and pip millett.
READING: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime
I picked this book up on Saturday night and haven't put it down since. I've thoroughly enjoyed the way Trevor tells stories and so much of what he talks about in his experiences resonates with my own. Halfway through and I already recommend.
I think Jeff Staple is now on the second season of his new "Business of Hype" podcast series (hosted on Hypebeast Radio) - of which, I've listened to a few episodes here and there. I had heard of Yoon through recent appointment as Dior Homme's new jewelry designer, but admit to not knowing a thing about her prior. The episode definitely did not disappoint. Long story short, she's self-taught, has never gotten professionally trained but through her curiousity and drive has gotten to where she is today.
Which leads me to the next recommendation—
READ: Bobby Hundreds sits down with Cooper Hefner, the 26yo son of Hugh Hefner taking over Playboy in 2018
People will probably find this article coming from leftfield on this round of recommended reads but I've always been a fan of Bobby Hundreds and the thoughtful perspective he brings to the table. And as a woman, I don't have the same fond coming-of-age feelings men probably have about playboy so I admit - i was really curious. Reservations aside, it's fascinating to hear about the playboy's history, core values and stance on speaking up on what's right. Cross that over with this notion of what makes an american Company - the interview is a good read.
Something that stands out though is something Bobby says which I've been thinking about a lot lately:
" I’ve never understood that. That’s just my philosophy on branding; that it should be so intertwined with who you are as a person, that there should be no distinction. I want to understand everything about the brand I’m supporting—like who am I giving money to? What do they believe and would I agree with what they’re doing with that money? That’s my dollar, you know? I want to make sure it’s going to the right place. Don’t lie to me. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not just to take my money. I feel like it’s dishonest in a way."
Now I have never claimed to be any sort of hypebeast or actual sneakerhead, When prompted - I just say I'm an enthusiast who honestly, likes knowing more about it than buying into it sometimes. Maybe it's this weird sense of fraud I feel but like many other kids of immigrants, I didn't indulge regularly as a kid (Aside: I think I see more pre-teen white kids on the subway carrying supreme bags than any other demographic, tourists included). It's only now that I'm older and make my own money have I started caring a bit more. SO Noah to me, was always one of those brands that I knew of, but didn't see too many people wearing. but after hearing this interview with its founder, i admit that I ended up checking out the store in person and will more than likely cop next time I see something I like. From thoughtful business practices to giving back, BRendon isn't afraid of taking a stance with the company which I really, really fuck with. I think a good summary:
Babenzien notes, “We’ve gone so far as to say like, ‘look if you don’t like what we’re saying about Donald Trump, for example, then just send us your shit back, and we’ll give you your money.’”