• Culture and Society

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 6/26/19: THE PRIDE EDITION

    Happy Pride Everyone!! As a queer person of color, I wanted to do my part to celebrate everything that this month represents for LGBTQ people in the United States. Pride celebrations have come a long way since they started a few decades ago. Big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Fransisco have HUGE pride festivals and parades, and it also warms my heart that small towns like Cookeville and Murfreesboro in Tennessee have their own big celebrations. This week, I wanted to premiere one of the short films I made earlier this year. It is a profile of a long-standing LGBTQ activist and organizer both in middle…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 6/5/2019

    These summer days are so full of light and warmth. I have been taking the time to rest my body and care for myself. I drink plenty of fluids, rest when I am tired, and make time for my cat. I have also been getting acupuncture treatments to help with sinus, allergy, and congestion problems. I want my body to feel rejuvenated. I also have a good bit of creative work this summer with my photography, film editing, art, and lots of music on my piano, cello, and ukulele. This week, I wanted to feature a couple of works. Check out something old and something new . . . Featured…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review for 05/22/19

    Thanks for swinging by for another weekly update! My life is so different when I’m not in school. I feel like I went from living in a cramped outhouse to a spacial palace in the woods. I’ve been playing lots of music, reading books, napping, cleaning up around the house, and cuddling with my cat. FEATURED WORK This week, I want to continue unpacking some of the work I did over the past school year. I want to share one of the short films I made for my Single Cam II class. This is a class that focuses more on film making as opposed to live television operations that use…

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    Roque’s Weekly Review on 8/22/18

    Hello Beautiful Everyone! I’ve had a glorious week! Let’s get to the news .  .  . Roque’s 2nd Annual Piano Salon on August 19, 2018 Last Sunday, I hosted my 2nd Annual Piano Salon at my home in the woods of Liberty, TN. Nashville guitarist Andrew Weitze played electric guitar as I played my songs, and he was on fire!!! I love it when we play together!  Pianist Oliver Flowers played some lovely piano music, and in the absence of a couple of other performers, local musician Leopard played a song for us as well. Here are some photos from the show: Special thanks to Oliver Flowers who tuned all…

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    Reading Will Save the World: Summer Reading

    The Summer Solstice just happened, and that means it is officially summer. Reading books is one of my favorite activities during this time of year, and I have a small handful of them to recommend. There are generally two kinds of books I read these days, and I’ll be offering up a couple of suggestions from each option. The first kind of books I’ve been reading lately have been for pure escapism and entertainment. I love to dive deep into an imaginative space that is full of awe, mystery, intrigue, and wonder. On a daily basis, I exist in a literal and linear physical habitat, but in my head, there…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention,  Uncategorized

    Help To Veto HB 2315 in Tennessee

    Here’s a phone number: 615-741-2001 When you dial it, you can leave a message for Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto the extreme immigration bill that the TN Legislature just passed. This bill is called HB 2315.  It is designed to undermine the existence of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” by authorizing every police officer to detain anyone for immigration reasons and initiate mass deportations. THE GOVERNOR HAS UNTIL MAY 22 TO VETO HB2315!! Please call and urge him to VETO this dangerous bill! Here is an excerpt from a statement issued by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC): “HB2315 sets a dangerous precedent by severely restricting the ability of…

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    Culture and Society,  Intention

    Developing a New Social Media Philosophy

    At some point in recent time, we all got swept under the assumption that we need to have social media as an integral part of our daily lives. Someone somewhere decided that this was good for us, and this mentality became viral. Nowadays, it is perfectly normal to constantly check how many likes you have on Facebook and to post endless selfies on Instagram and Snapchat. Does the qualification of being “normal” necessarily make it right? Does the convenience of social media make it absolutely imperative to engage with it all of the time? At this point, my answer to both questions is no.  I have reached this conclusion only…

  • Culture and Society

    Posts In Review

    This week, I just wanted to highlight some of my recent posts here at Bloom. There has been a lot of news lately about the misuse of personal information from 87 million Facebook users by a company called Cambridge Analytica. If we stand idly by and allow these infractions to happen, then we become complicit. Here are my thoughts on the matter, and what I am doing about it. Fight the Power of Social Media Speaking of news, we are under the auspices of a US President whose behavior and leadership style have been unprecedented. Despite who our leader is, we do not have to follow his example .  . …

  • Culture and Society

    Laughter Makes an Asian Happy

    Yes, laughter makes an Asian happy. That particular Asian is me. I’ve been posting lately about such serious issues related to abuse in the workplace, President Trump, the dangers of social media, and the challenges of being a person of color in America. It’s time to take a breather and to laugh because laughter is a free and immediate high. A quick adrenaline rush. An infusion of joy. It’s right up there with chocolate, sex, and cat cuddles. Here are some Youtube videos that I have recently enjoyed .  .  . I’ve lived downstairs from noisy neighbors. This is pretty much how it goes: I’d say these are more inventive…

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    Culture and Society,  Intention

    Fight the Power of Social Media

    What I have been doing lately may be subtle or even inconsequential, but I have been taking  small steps to fight the power of social media. Earlier this week, news was released about a company called Cambridge Analytica that compromised the personal data of close to 50 million facebook users in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. This is only one egregious abuse of access that large corporations and private entities are granted by social media companies, but it is a significant one–one of possibly countless others that are occurring without our knowledge or consent. These kinds of invasions are compounded by the use of algorithms and powerful data…