Category Archive: Featured

Nina Diaz: Recovery, Authenticity and Identity

Nina Diaz, lead singer of the indie punk rock band, Girl in a Coma has been on tour for her debut solo album, The Beat is Dead. This album tells the story of… Continue reading

On Common Ground: From Pakistan to Portland

Sometimes I have the opportunity to host badass South Asian artists in studio, and it is always a very good day. It’s one thing we get to take over the airwaves with this,… Continue reading

Gaby Moreno: Spanglish Folk-Soul

Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has achieved remarkable success as a musician. She has been nominated for a Grammy (2017) for her latest album, Ilusión, an Emmy (2010) for… Continue reading

Sapna Pandya: On Faith, Tradition and Sexuality

**This is the first in a two-part series examining the intersection of sexuality with faith and ethnicity.  I first met Sapna Pandya, very briefly, when she officiated my friend’s Deaf, gay, (“big, fat”)… Continue reading

Sikh Captain America Kicks Intolerant Ass

For my podcast, Intersections Radio, I’ve been doing a three-part series on South Asian comic/graphic/cartoon artists who use their talent and artwork for social justice. This is the last in the series: Vishavjit Singh… Continue reading

D’Lo’s Big Fat South Asian Wedding: A Coming Out Story

D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor, writer, and comedian. The first time we met was back in 2013 during the Dis/Orient/Ed comedy tour, which features all Asian American trans and female comics. D’Lo… Continue reading

Anirvan Chatterjee & Barnali Ghosh: Intersecting Black History and South Asian American History

We’re closing out Black History Month and I wanted to feature another set of superstar Bay Area activists who have invested in recognizing our community’s history as a result of the Civil Rights… Continue reading

Cuba Libre: Memories in Music

I’ve had the fortune of talking to very cool people about Cuba, including journalist Julia Cooke and inaugural poet Richard Blanco. And I had the opportunity once again thanks to the Artists Repertory… Continue reading

Deanna Fei: Girl in Glass

Deanna Fei is a writer, known for her debut novel, Thread of Sky. In fact, that’s how I came to learn about her in the first place, when she was a guest on APA… Continue reading

Bhi Bhiman: Rhythm & Reason

The first time I heard folk-rock artist Bhi Bhiman, I was astounded by his vintage quality vocals, his witty lyrics, and I hadn’t even processed his guitar talent yet. What’s incredible is that while… Continue reading