Better Late Than Never: Educating One Young Hyena in Los Angeles, Part I

It was 2007, or what was supposed to be my Junior year at John Marshall High. But like most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District that school-year — 48% according to official estimates — I wasn’t set to graduate on time. Most of high school was a whirlwinding hayride for me, and “the […]


What a pleasure it is to congratulate the raza’s class of 2016 at UCLA, which features –among others– the one and only Kim “Kalayaan” Mendoza! Kalayaan’s ceremony brought a marvelous realization to mind: that there is an enormous transition taking place for the whole cast of people we recognize as The Community, or The People, or All of Us who are on this great road together. […]

Woot woot!!

Whoah! Yesterday marked a year since I rocked my cap and gown to graduate from UC Davis! And it’s interesting; at the end of an unlikely trek through college, the only phrase that made sense to place on my cap was TuPac Shakur’s famous battle cry: When Shakur coined the phrase, he did so to reclaim the […]

Congratulations to Pierre Jackson, who just graduated from Cal State Northridge!! Now his next chapter begins, and something tells me: he’s going to make it a great one.