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things i write

Things I've written

Here are a few pieces I've written recently. If you want to check more, see here for a general portfolio, here for my stuff at Vice News, or here for old work at LA Times.

Black (and funny) in Japan

Ike Nwala  does live shows with two different comedy troupes, appears on variety shows, and does commercials. He’s on TV just about every day, which is a typical workload for a rising star in Tokyo. Probably the only atypical thing about Ike is that he’s black.

Check my video interview with Ike here.

The Japanese pro wrestler who almost got Muhammad Ali's leg amputated

 

If you’ve never heard of the fight that almost got one of Muhammad Ali's legs amputated, it doesn’t mean that you’re a bad sports fan. It probably just means that you’re not Japanese. Read my breakdown of the event in the LA Times, here.

On Like Donkey Kong: Super Nintendo vs Hip-Hop

I interviewed the composer of the Donkey Kong Country soundtrack on how he feels about being sampled by Childish Gambino and Drake. Read it here.

Prince, Michael Jackson, and James Brown on stage together was a gift we didn't deserve

I wrote about having to call my dad when Prince died. Read more here.