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Ruby Ibarra is “Taking Names” in New Music Video

Originally published November 29, 2018 Over eight months following the release of her highly praised music video for her song “Us,” rapper Ruby Ibarra releases her long awaited follow-up for her song, “Taking Names.” Featuring fellow rappers Bambu and Nump, the music video marks the second directorial work for Ibarra and is released one day …

From Homemade Beginnings to a Vengeful Return: 15 Years of LUMPIA

Originally published on May 21, 2018 The Roxie Theater in San Francisco was sold out Saturday night with an anniversary screening/reunion of the quirky, Daly City-shot film, LUMPIA. With the casts of both the original film and its upcoming sequel, LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE, in attendance, this special presentation for CAAMFest 36 made for a …

Ruby Ibarra Celebrates Filipino American Women in “Us” Music Video

Originally published on March 8, 2018 Just in time for International Women’s Day, rapper Ruby Ibarra drops her much anticipated music video for her song, “Us.” The track, featuring Rocky Rivera, Klassy, and Faith Santilla, comes off of her 2017 album, CIRCA91. It is an anthem aimed to support and uplift the girls and women …

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: From the Perspective of Andrew Cunanan

Originally published on January 17, 2018 On July 15, 1997, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed outside his mansion in Miami, Florida at the age of 50, by spree killer Andrew Cunanan. He was the fifth and final victim of the FBI Most Wanted Fugitive, before taking his own life eight days …

Bruno Mars on the Challenges of Being Mixed Race

Being of Filipino, Puerto Rican, and Jewish descent and growing up in Hawaii, a lot of people often mistook him for being black and white. Living life in the “gray zone” was especially difficult when he was attempting to break out into the music industry, for music executives more often than not were unsure of how to label him.

(Accidentally) Emerging and Breaking From Old Attitudes

I get why my family members would hold such anger. To have your country invaded like that is a scar marked in your memory. At the same time, it’s not right that they held such prejudices as that. You can’t blame a whole race and/or ethnicity for what certain individuals did. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself with such a narrow outlook on the world.