Black History is American History


(Pablo Martinez, The Associated Press)

On September 24, 2016, President Barack Obama–the first black president–formally opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture alongside former President George W. Bush, who in 2003 signed legislation establishing the museum.

On a side note, there are five living presidents, none of whom supports Donald Trump.

NY Times Endorses Hillary Clinton

No surprise here. The New York Times has always had liberal leanings, but it’s also a Pulitzer-winning publication.

The writing is still among the best. This endorsement, written by the Editorial Board, is no exception. I’d give it style points, too, for its eloquence. Its case for Hillary is well thought out, balanced and compelling.

“Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena.”

The Times has also had a decent track history of endorsements: Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and of course, Barack Obama.

Cruz to Kiss the Ring


(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Did anyone see this coming? Especially after what happened at the RNC?

This is straight out of Game of Thrones: Cruz in realizing that Trump might actually ascend to the Iron Throne figures that it is best to appease now than to risk his political head on a stake later, even if the decision aliens many conservatives.

NPR and The Atlantic both have good takes on this twist in the campaign season.

Doris Kearns Goodwin & President Obama

As a history nerd, I loved Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In addition to Lincoln, Goodwin has also written about JFK, LBJ, FDR, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.

This Vanity Fair interview–a casual conversation, really–with President Obama is fantastic. You get this sense of how self-aware Obama is, how cognizant he is of his place in history, how humble he feels being in the position he is, and how profoundly thoughtful he is and has been with what has come before and what will come after him.

Channeling Fandom Toward the Greater Good


In 2010, I met Jo Garfein. I was working for an auction company at the time and we were contracted by ABC to do THE LOST AUCTION. Lost was the biggest television show at the time. There was nothing like it then (or now). It had audiences in its clutch on a weekly basis, as we all gathered around the watercolor to discuss theories, storylines and what it all meant. Lost was pop culture on steroids. So when it was my job to set up the Lost Auction, I was probably the most popular guy among my friends.

It was at the auction that I met Jo and her best friend, Jackie. They were the biggest Lost fans in the world. That auction set us all on a trajectory that continues to this day.

After Jackie passed away from brain cancer, Jo and Jared Wong created Cancer Gets LOST to raise money for various cancer charities through auctions and fundraisers that feature rare and autographed pop culture memorabilia. They wanted to honor their friend Jackie by channeling fandom toward the greater good.

Through Blacksparrow, I have been honored to help facilitate Cancer Gets LOST’s 2nd biannual auction in 2014. Today CGL is a bonafide 501(c)3 charitable organization and I’m excited to work on CGL’s 3rd auction. Over 450 signed and rare collectibles from 60 television shows and 18 films are represented in this sale. The list of goodies is amazing (Star Wars, The Walking Dead, The 100, Game of Thrones, The X-Files, Arrow, and so much more). We launch on 8.15.16 (these numbers should be familiar to Lost fans!). We sent out the press release this morning. Nerdist has this article about it.

Oh, and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand raises awareness of childhood cancer causes, funds cutting-edge research projects, and creates travel programs to support families of children receiving treatment. Tell me that isn’t cool!