Better late than never…. Here it goes. About a week and a half ago, forWord featured at Tuesday Night Cafe in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo. If you didn’t know, TNC is basically the mecca of Asian…
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So what if it is not Throwback Thursday, I started to reminisce about this Asian-American spoken word collective I used to be on the grind with called, “forWord.” When I first learned that we were featuring at TNC, I was ecstatic and honestly nervous. I couldn’t believe it. This was 2011. Post-UCI. We were younger then and didn’t really know where we were going, but we were doing it. Thanks to Mark and Narinda, I had been to TNC as a listener before and I remember how inspired I felt, connecting with people, relating to their struggles, and enjoying everyone’s creativity. And now, we were given the opportunity to feature and share ourselves in spoken word. I recall the host, Johneric, who warmly introduced us by saying something like, “They are not going backwards. They are moving forWord!” We felt the push in our veins and so we stepped up to the mic. Exactly at that moment, the nerves went away. I didn’t feel like we were performing for strangers. I felt at home and I reflect upon that feeling today.
Acceptance is the first word that comes to mind when I think of TNC. There is a community that exists there. Our community exists here. TNC is the heart of Asian-American spaces in not only Los Angeles, but California (and I’m from the Bay). Yes, I believe this space is necessary because it instills hope that we as a people will never again be forgotten and overlooked like in some history textbooks. If things didn’t make sense before, it made a lot more sense after that Tuesday night. Here’s to another 16 years. Thank you, Tuesday Night Project!
Tuesday Night Project presents:
In collaboration with FilAmARTS highlighting the Festival of Philippine Arts and CultureThe 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night CafeSeptember 4, 2012
Hello fond followers!!! Did you know forWord is featuring at FPAC this year?! Awesome stuff, right? To get folks excited about FPAC they are teaming up with the equally excellent Tuesday Night Cafe to put on a little preview of what’s to come. This lineup includes our very own Mark Maza who will have his own 10 minute set! Are you wondering what he will do for 10 minutes?! Hmm… if that doesn’t entice you, something is wrong with your electrical wiring. Come out and support this man and enjoy one of the coolest outdoor open mic spaces in LA. If you cannot come out to enjoy the space, they have a live stream set up at www.tuesdaynightproject.org/
Say goodbye to summer the right way!
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Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC): http://filamarts.org/fpac