I Let My Pokémon Down

by Dave Lee | Originally posted at Gumship

Pokémon is the shit on many different levels.

First of all, I don’t consider myself a true gamer in the sense that I’m looking for more of an experience and less of a challenge. Also, I don’t have time to be consumed by a game for that long of a time. I’m trying to get that run-through action similar to when you set aside those weekends to binge-watch all of Breaking Bad. Yeah, there’s post-game content, online play, and it’s definitely heads out there on a serious quest for shiny pokémon (#veryrare). But the RPG format provides that one and done feeling.

Also, the game is marketed towards a younger audience. You know what that means to me? I’m not piling on more stress on top of the stress I already face as a dude in his late 20s, still trying to find his way in the world. Just some good ol’ fashioned fun that’s easily accessible, especially for dudes who haven’t been keeping up with the new generation consoles and getting their subscriptions of Gamepro, which doesn’t even exist anymore.

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The Leftovers’ Annie Q on Gumship Radio

by Dave Lee | Originally posted at Gumship

Annie Q is a promising new actress who has popped up on shows like Are We There Yet? to David Henry Hwang’s play Golden Child. But her latest gig on HBO’s new series, The Leftovers, is her biggest role yet. She talks to us about growing up in New York, dealing with rejection, dropping out of college to pursue acting, and much more.

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring HOYA by Chi-Yun Lau

The Strength in NUMBERS train keeps rolling as we unveil the latest “variant” album cover to Chops’ massive Asian American hip-hop movement.

The latest Strength in NUMBERS album cover features New York emcee — and Strength in NUMBERS original cover artist, HOYA illustrated by Boston-based cartoonist and graphic designer CHI-YUN LAU.

After the jump, download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS alternate album cover. Just right-click on the image and save. And remember to DONATE NOW to help make this project a reality!

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EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring REKSTIZZY by Joe Hunter

The Strength in NUMBERS train keeps rolling as we unveil the latest “variant” album cover to Chops’ massive Asian American hip-hop movement.

Even though the government shut down, we gotta say “God Bless America” — and eat burgers — because artist Joe Hunter‘s REKSTIZZY cover just went live. After the jump, you can come at Rekstizzy all you want, and download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS alternate album cover. Just right-click on the image and save it for your iPhone.

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Hip-Hop & Comics: The Artists of Chops’ Strength in NUMBERS

I first met Chops back in 1999 when the Mountain Brothers were at the peak of their powers. They came down to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to perform at an event for the Asian Pacific American Student Union, a group I founded the year before. Needless to say, they blew the roof off of Webb Center and solidified APASU as a legit organization on campus. So after the show, and some late night IHOP pancakes, we bid the Bros — Chops, Peril, and Styles — adieu, and I was content with my signed Self: Volume One CD and brief brush with Asian American hip-hop royalty.

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“One of these things is not like the other…”

Fast forward a decade and a half later — and thanks to the wonder of social media — Chops and I reconnected. Weirdly, he remembered who I was. So we met up one chilly night in Philly earlier this year. That’s when he first told me about Strength in NUMBERS over some beer and cheesesteaks. He even previewed just the tiniest snippet of a track while we rode around in his big ass Buick. Instantly, I realized how historic this project was going to be. I mean, an MBs reunion alone would be game-changing. Now you’re gonna throw in 30 other artists (including the likes of Dumbfoundead, Prometheus Brown, Rekstizzy, Rocky Rivera and dozens of others)? What? That’s a who’s-who of APA hip-hop right there! Then, here’s the part that blew my mind. He wanted my help. Say wha?

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