Articles by Alex Nguyen

“Today psychopathy reveals itself ever more clearly as a social epidemic and, more precisely, a socio-communicational one. If you want to survive you have to be competitive and if you want to be competitive you must be connected, receive and process continuously an immense and growing mass of data. This provokes a constant attentive stress, a reduction of the time available for affectivity. These two tendencies, inseparably linked, provoke an effect of devastation on the individual psyche: depression, panic, anxiety, the sense of solitude and existential misery. But these individual symptoms cannot be indefinitely isolated, as psychopathology has done up until now and as economic power wishes to do. It is not possible to say: “You are exhausted, go and take a vacation at Club Med, take a pill, make a cure, get the hell away from it all, recover in the psychiatric hospital, kill yourself.” - Franco 'Bifo' Berardi


On the Streets of TIFF 2015

We continue our post coverage of TIFF by taking it directly to the streets. Rain didn’t stop film aficionados from enjoying the scene and it didn’t stop the actors and filmmakers either. We interviewed Pan Nalin, a great filmmaker best known for the film Samsara, a critically acclaimed film about love and spiritual enlightenment.  Nalin discussed film’s impact on…

Coffee & Conversation with Dwayne Morgan

It’s quite difficult to attach a single label to Dwayne Morgan. He’s a well-known Canadian poet and author who founded the Toronto International Poetry Slam, the “Up from the Roots” production company, and few other social entrepreneurial ventures. In our coffee & conversation, we explored Canada’s burgeoning spoken word scene, the unique Black-Canadian experience, Hip Hop pedagogy in rap beefs (Drake vs…

Kid Twist: Battle Rap vs. Literature

[Click Video Above] We caught up with Kid Twist during our coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival. The first King of the Dot champion provided brilliant insight into the inherent competitive nature of Hip Hop, the “self-sufficient culture” surrounding Battle Rap, slam poetry vs battle rap, the break down of the inferiority complex in…

Sabrina Benaim Performs: Glass Girl

“Dear girl with body of glass synagogue; that boy wants to digest you into a junkyard of recycled glass bodies” As part of our TIFF coverage in Toronto, we caught up with Sabrina Benaim, as she navigates fear and vulnerability in a this remarkable poem, “Glass Girl.” Sabrina Benaim, part of the 2014 Toronto Poetry…

Dwayne Morgan Performs “We Are The Ones”

“To be a gift born in this world, male, packaged in black skin, is to be constantly reminded that your life is disposable.” Dwayne Morgan wears multiple hats. He’s the founder of Toronto International Poetry Slam, Canada’s largest international poetry slam competition; he’s also the owner of “Up From The Roots Entertainment,” a talent production…

Ryan Napalm Wagner is Blowing Up the Bboy Scene

[Watch Film Above] Ryan Napalm Wagner is ranked among the world’s best bboys. Master Ryan, as he’s known to his Tang Soo Do students in Bensalem, stopped by our studio after his interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer to teach us but determination and Hip hop cultural preservation. In other words, how to be a total…

Mike Hardy’s Performance at Fetty Wap’s Paterson Homecoming

We were in Paterson, New Jersey to see Mike Hardy open up for Fetty Wap. Mike Hardy is enjoying some recent success through YouTube and Vine, amassing several million views. We caught up with him to talk about stage presence, a college tour, and his thoughts on the recent national attention placed on the New…

Rapper Lyricks Shows Us How to Make the Perfect Instant Ramen

We had the privilege of having rapper Lyricks take us on a culinary adventure from beginning to end. When thinking of a ‘culinary adventure’ one seldom thinks of instant noodles. This food is usually thought of as college dorm food or when one’s bank account is looking a little slim, but that’s simply not the…

Rappers Discuss Pho: The Ultimate Hangover Cure

Rappers Danny Chung, Rekstizzy, Lyricks, and JL partied a little too hard last evening, but luckily for them, the Vietnamese have created a sure shot cure for the common hangover: Pho. Witness the hangover from inception, to discussion, to depletion– all centered around the miracle that is pho.

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