Category Archives: Culture

Critical Mass…Its a Movement

Rule #1. No helmet or proper workout gear required

Rule #2. Understand the rules of the road and that is we cork and bikers rule the streets

Rule #3. Know it is not a bike ride…its a social movement!

What is it? Critical Mass! Where bikers get together to show what power we can be in numbers and take over the road, no stopping for lights, traffic or people crossing the street? OK well people normally just stay out of the way.

The background is that it takes place in about 300 cities across the world on the last Friday of the month. June 30th was the first time I rode critical mass. It was a group of around 300 people. I hear that it was the largest group they have seen in awhile because the US Social Forum was being held in Detroit and since this is a social movement not just any ordinary bike ride we had a great group. I met a girl who rode her bike from Madison Wisconsin! Do you know how far that is?  They squatted in abandon buildings along the way and slept in tents near the city with many others during the forum. I admire that kind of spirit and I love to meet new people like we did during the ride.

This ride was to bring awareness to the unfair trial of Alex Sanchez. I recall hearing about him briefly since I try to stay up on issues in the Latino community but didn’t remember the details. Now reading the website and articles brings awareness to not only what happened to Alex but to all the injustice that happens in the legal system and the under served communities in the US. Click on the link above to learn more about Alex Sanchez, the US social Forum and Critical Mass in the Detroit area.

This is a spoke Card you get one for every ride…

These Pics show how much fun we had and I encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and pedal for the movement!

Look we are headed towards Canada!

Letting everyone Catch up

At the Finish Line 2 hours later                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heidleberg Park

Wave Your Flag

If I had to choose one country to win the world cup it would be USA. Mexico is a very close second and that just shows where my pride is at. I am proud to be a US citizen, more than anything I thank my lucky stars I’m a US citizen and am blessed with all the privileges it brings with it. I had to think about this long and hard, if the US and Mexico where playing against each other who I would I be happiest about winning, and the answer is the US. But I’m also proud of my heritage. Being tied to a rich culture, people that have overcome extreme obstacles and succeeded, memories of my grandparents…It all makes me want to scream for Mexico to win today!

The World Cup has so much significance on our cultural dynamics. It’s not just about the game, its PRIDE, being able to say your country is the best at the world’s largest sport. Yes its tons of fun to watch the games, hot guys and plenty of action on the field. All this mainly done while drinking your favorite local libation with friends and strangers while giving fun banter and high fives. What’s not to like?

So be proud of where you are from and where you are at today. Be thankful for where you are from and where you at and don’t forget to Wave Your Flag and say Cheers!


Detroit’s Dirty Beats

All drugs aside, these people may have had the most fun at the Detroit Electronic Movement Festival yesterday.

One may look and say, “What the hell were you thinking when you got dressed today”.?!?!?! While their fellow animal backpackers say, “cool outfit man”!

I’ve always been fascinated by sub cultures and yesterday I was pretty much fascinated just people watching. I respect self expression but am not going to look to deep into it, I was once a teeny bopper little raver and it didn’t really mean much except trying to find somewhere to belong.

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Ozomatli New Album

Back in the day if I was still in the music biz, I would have the advance copy and be talking about this album months months ago, but I actually stumbled upon the details on TED:  Ideas worth spreading.  They played at the TED’s legendary block party and they plugged their new album along with an exclusive video (4/20/2010).

This is definitely a band that should be honored.  Staying close to their cultural roots and embracing everyone else’s too, Ozo is a Funk Infused Latin Lovin’, Far East to Far West, Rasta, Africana, musical genius that introduced me amongst many others worldwide to sounds I had never heard before.

They blend them up and it’s what they like to call LA Home Grown music.  If you have not been to a concert, please go you will become an instant fan. The audience is as blended as the music and they love to get you moving and involved by rooming around, and that is why they are recognized as Cultural Ambassadors by the U.S. State department.  Did I mention that the Mayor of Los Angeles declared 4/23 Ozomatli day too, how cool is that?  I’ve loved them since the beginning, not only because they loved Minnesota and always put on an amazing show for us 3 times a year but because as a person of multi cultural backgrounds I could relate to the music.  It is multi-lingual, multi-cultural and musically diverse.  They tell stories with their music about issues people may not know about and help bring awareness and understanding.

Ozomatli homepage link:

Click here to read a great album review and see an exclusive SXSW acoustic video.