My 1 day in the NBA…kinda…not really

Some cool things about being five foot nine and a half: 1.) Traveling comfortably in most cars & planes 2.) Being cast-able as Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas’ stand-in 3.) Being able to soften your disappointment in lacking any basketball skill whatsoever by learning you’re about a quarter inch taller than one of the best point guards in the league (though he beats you out in pretty much every other conceivable life metric). Cool guy. Weird/Fun day.

 

 

My Book Made it On TV!

It goes without saying that it’s every New England kid’s dream to grow up and one day make an appearance on the region’s most noted TV news magazine. Achievement unlocked! Very happy to have been featured on Chronicle as part of their segment on local authors. We got to chat about my book Questions For Terrible People and I was joined by some local comics & poets for a group Q&A based on the book. The clip at THIS LINK just shows my piece of the segment but probably my fav part of watching this live was the transition from discussing a book about a woman who conquered a debilitating mood disorder by microdosing with LSD. The anchor led into my part with “Now for a good day WITHOUT drugs, try Wes Hazard’s humor book…” and I almost choked on my rum & coke laughing. #blessed

New Project!

Heya, for this past Black History Month I completed a daily art & history project on Instagram under the title #BlackHistoryRepeatsItself Each day I took pieces from Black publications over the last century (Jet Magazine, The Crisis, Ebony, etc) & compared them to stories from 2016 – present by creating collages from historical sources and modern day news pieces. Aside from getting to indulge in my love of history, archives, & collage I wanted to explore how despite so much progress in the last century (progress that’s seriously threatened with current political developments) a lot of things haven’t changed much at all. Some of the posts were funny, others…not so much. Anyway, the IG project officially wrapped at the end of the month, but I’ve compiled all 28 posts (images & commentary) on a new site: www.BlackHistoryRepeatsItself.com

I wanted to preserve the project in an easily accessible way but I’ll also be continuing and expanding it there as well. I got really into digging through the materials and there’s a lot that I want to both revisit and explore anew. Without the character or image-size limits of Instagram I look forward to doing even more. Check it out if it’s your thing. The past is prologue.

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My book & I made it into the Globe!

 

 

It was a total pleasure to be able to talk to The Boston Globe about my book Questions For Terrible People, evil, making a crowd feel weird, and bizarre family reunions. Check it out!

Together We Rose…and it was an evening to remember

Just wanted to check in and say that the inauguration eve event that I helped organize, Together We Rise: a Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance, was a huge success and I’m so thankful to everyone who was able to make it out. Attendance exceeded what we hoped for, the performers were on fire, and those that came out were truly committed to the cause…and remain so as there’s quite a bit of work to do in the next few months, years, and beyond.

The TWR planning committee is working to determine what we can do to keep momentum going since the first week of this administration have made it abundantly clear that this must remain an urgent and ongoing fight to preserve the freedoms afforded by the constitution, justice for the most vulnerable people in this country, and basic human decency in politics at every level of the country.

I also wanted to share some clips related to the event.

 

Fellow organizer Mindy Fried and I were thankful to have the chance to talk to Chris Lovett of the Boston Neighborhood Network prior to the event to discuss both its spirit, purpose, and the role of comedy in political protest.

 


Here’s the promo video we released prior to the event and which we played during intermission.

And here’s the piece that appeared in the the Boston Globe a few days later.

Thanks again to everyone who could make it, and if you couldn’t: stay tuned! We have a whole lot more to do…

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