Losing the Line Between Art and Activism

My newest TEDx talk, Losing the Line Between Art and Activism, is now available to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU5RtVjBIAs I was fighting a cold/jet lag that day so I hope you'll pardon some of the coughing 🙂 This talk was probably one of the most transparent and vulnerable moments that I've had on the TEDx stage. I … Continue reading Losing the Line Between Art and Activism

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How to Get a TED Talk

My newest TED talk, "How to Get a TED Talk," has just been uploaded to YouTube (though it has been retitled to "Pitching Your Way to the TEDx Stage"). Here it is: I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider sharing it. Thank you!

How to Talk With a White Supremacist

Before you buy into a label or stereotype about someone, even if is one that is self-imposed and especially if it is one that is in direct conflict with your own beliefs, ask questions before you make assumptions.

TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife

What an incredible past 4 days! Things kicked off on Saturday night in Portland, OR, when my band (The Slants) debuted our new lead singer and shared the stage with Japanese pop punk legends, Shonen Knife. It was an incredible show - many local friends joined us at the show and gave Ken (our singer) … Continue reading TEDxSpokane, NW Public Employees Diversity Conference, Shonen Knife

The Difference Between “Redskins” and “The Slants”

This morning, one of the top trending news stories is the cancellation of the trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins. Given the political pressure that’s been widely applied, it wasn’t that surprising. People drawing false-equivalency comparisons to my trademark case pending before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wasn’t surprising either. In … Continue reading The Difference Between “Redskins” and “The Slants”

Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism

Currently, my band is fighting a battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office over the right to register a trademark on our name. It's been going on for four years now. Today, the Oregonian published an opinion piece that I wrote talking about the case. You can read it here. I suppose in … Continue reading Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism

Making New Fans in Unexpected Places

This article is being cross-promoted from my music marketing blog because I think there are direct applications for all brands and marketers. Whenever I write an article about sponsorship or marketing, I always talk about finding your unique, target audience. As bands, we usually focus on the genre: people who like certain acts that resemble our music. … Continue reading Making New Fans in Unexpected Places