Southern Fried Asian: Kevin Kwan

Last month, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore hosted our own Keith Chow in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan as part of their “Writer’s Live” series. Because they spent a portion of their talk discussing Kevin’s childhood in Texas, we are presenting that conversation in its entirety for Southern Fried Asian!

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‘Writers Live’ with Kevin Kwan, Hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library

This Tuesday evening, I will have the pleasure of leading a conversation with Kevin Kwan, the New York Times-bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and Sex and Vanity. The event is part of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library’s “Writers LIVE” series. Audio of the event will be available on the Southern Fried Asian podcast feed next month.

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NOC Exclusive Interview: Angel Manuel Soto, Director of ‘Charm City Kings’

Heyyyy! It’s Kuya P AKA Patrick Michael Strange and I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with the director of the new film, Charm City Kings, making its debut today on HBO Max, Angel Manuel Soto! Check it out!

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NOC Exclusive Interview: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Star of ‘Charm City Kings’

Heyyyy! It’s Kuya P AKA Patrick Michael Strange and I had the extreme pleasure of speaking with the star of the new film, Charm City Kings, making its debut today on HBO Max, Jahi Di’Allo Winston! Check it out!

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NRW Review: ‘Charm City Kings’

The NRW Crew of Glenn Lawrence and Kuya P AKA Patrick Michael Strange got together to do an advance spoiler-free review and discuss the upcoming HBO Max film, Charm City Kings! Tune into HBO Max on October 8 as Charm City Kings rides its way onto your screen!

Stay tuned to the NOC for our interviews with star, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, and director, Angel Manuel Soto!

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The Middle Geeks Episode 14: Addressing Anti-Black Racism in MENA Communities

In this episode, we discuss systemic Anti-Black racism, how it crops up in MENA communities, and how we should address it. We discuss how we can start important and difficult conversations with friends and family, and how we should show solidarity with the Black community in the fight for racial justice.

We’re joined by Nawal Rajeh, a community organizer and activist who co-founded and runs the non-profit By Peaceful Means, which works with youth in East Baltimore, MD around issues of peace and justice. 

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Hard NOC Life: Remembering WICOMICON One Year Later

One year ago this weekend, WICOMICON rose from the ashes of Universal FanCon and saved the day for hundreds of vendors, guests, and attendees who were making their way to Baltimore. On this episode of Hard NOC Life, Keith reunites Uraeus, one of the organizers of the event, to reminisce about what went in to pulling off a convention with one-week’s notice.

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David Harewood on Being the Martian Manhunter

On a new Hard NOC Life, we’re joined by Supergirl star David Harewood! But first, Keith takes a minute to tell the origin story of the WICOMICON Pop-Up in Baltimore over the weekend.

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Hubris and How Not to Run a CON

By now, most of you know the much-hyped Universal FanCon is “postponed” until further notice. It was “postponed” just days before it was meant to kickoff. How it was cancelled was super shady (really? you gave the venue less than a week’s notice?) and there are still tons of looming questions that have yet to be answered.

Many of us are hurt, saddened, and feel betrayed by the organizers. I’m not sure why I’m writing this post, other than to try to make sense of a grimy situation.  Continue reading “Hubris and How Not to Run a CON”

The Nerds of Color’s Official Statement on Universal FanCon

Well, yesterday was a bit of a day. Full disclosure: NOC was an “affiliate” of FanCon and I was listed as an “advisor.” What that means is that I attached my name and rep to this event because I believed in its mission.

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Attend #FanCon and Win ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Toys from Disney

We are only a couple weeks away from Universal FanCon! We are also less than a month from the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in May. So we figured: why not combine the two and give away some cool Solo merch at FanCon?

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Early Bird Passes for Universal FanCon are On Sale Now

In exactly one year from now, fans from all over the country will be gathering by the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland to celebrate their diverse fandoms at the first ever Universal FanCon. And for a limited time, you can get early bird weekend passes for the convention, which go on sale today!

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What Star Trek Meant for My Grandfather

Star Trek has meant a lot to me as a fan of pop culture, science-fiction, and television. It also has meant everything to me as a human being.

My grandfather, who was a WWII veteran, likely served in a segregated unit in the war. He returned home to a nation still refusing to deal with Jim Crow and other societal injustice.

When I was a very young, I recall him watching various genre programs like Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, Rat Patrol, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and countless other series. However, he especially loved Star Trek.

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Update on Denys Cowan’s Missing Artwork

UPDATED: Bleeding Cool has a rundown of the “missing” artwork (including pages from Batman, Steel, Hardware and Milestone character turnarounds).

Diamond Comics’ Steve Geppi — who also runs the museum where the art was supposed to be shipped — also weighed in on the missing art as well.

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