Apologies to Our Musicians of Color
Over on the Blasian Narrative, I've come a long way in just a few days. This all started with Raizo and Mika, if you recall. I was trying to help usher in a new pairing into fandom which didn't incur as much drama as Spock and Uhura, and which we could simply enjoy...you know, like we're supposed to in fandom?
But Raizo and Mika opened up a whole new world for Moi and others - as productive communication is supposed to - and now I've found myself anxiously awaiting the next episode of Ktown Cowboys, and avidly fangirling the likes of Big Phony, Danny Cho, and Se7en (yup, this is he).
And I've found that the whole "Blasian bond" is even stronger than I thought. I, like most folks, just didn't know it.
Our musical artists have been working with each other for quite some time, but to hear MTV & VH1 tell it, it ain't happenin'. Rain, one of the biggest international stars today, did a collaboration with Omarion and another one with, ahem, Ray J., and both went under the radar - um, how the fuck does that happen? Se7en, another international star (and one who deliberately avoids homogeneity in his videos), did a collaboration with Lil Kim, featured her in his damn video and again...nada. Well, except maybe some ire (but not from POC, of course).
I've issued another one of my little challenges on the Blasian Narrative, and this time I'm encouraging people to post links to musical collaborations between black and Asian artists, thus creating the ultimate Blasian playlist. I've since been introduced to Toshi Kobuta and have turned into a downloading fiend.
I guess what I'm saying is this: good job, guys. You're gettin' done despite the obstacles you're laying down foundations, building upon what was laid down before, and I for one am deeply grateful to all of you.
Love always to my fellow POC,