In the last year, there have been over 3000 anti-Asian American attacks and incidents reported. With numerous reports of violence against Asians, I’ve had to sit and think about my relationship with the Asian community for the first time. I’ve always had Asian friends and appreciated aspects of various Asian cultures.

The flip side to the appreciation is the full-blown racism and prejudice I’ve allowed my Asian friends to inflict on me. I’ve heard numerous times from different friends that Asians don’t like Black people. I’ve listened to this more times than I’ve heard Asians stick up for the Black…


1868. CREATOR: Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828–1891, artist. NOTES: Illus. in: Harper’s weekly, 1868 July 25, p. 473.

Between April and November of 1919, after African American veterans returned from World World I, approximately 25 race riots, hundreds of deaths, including 97 lynchings broke out across the United States. The mass spread of violence would be known as The Red Summer. But these incidents were not isolated to 1919 or the 20th century alone, in fact, this is but a slice of the terrorism African Americans faced in the 20th century.

(Click the title above each section to learn more about the specific incident)


Image made available by Daniel Hagerman

The Confederate flag took on many iterations, then much later after the Civil war it took on a new meaning.

Most of us know which side won the war in 1865. But few know the Confederate flag we see today is most representative of Robert General E. Lee’s Army of N. Virginia. His victories embedded pride into the flag and became adopted by the entire Confederate army. The Confederate flag had a few iterations before General Lee’s. Other flag designs confused fighters on Confederate forces. Today states like Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama have a wee bit of confederate roots in their state flags. But today we’re looking at the life of the Confederate flag after the Civil.


The Origins of American’s Least Humble Hate Group

Image from D.W. Griffith’s 1915 historically cinematic and masterpiece film.

Today’s Confederate “culture” is a shepherd’s pie of Pre-Civil War Antebellum pride, and remarkable Scottish culture, the latter grotesquely mutated by the former. To understand the Klan, you need to understand the man.

Americans who identify with Scottish heritage might check one of the three following boxes: Highlander, Lowlander, or Scotch-Irish. Let’s get some cultural context —


155 years ago the Confederate Army lost the Civil War but never surrendered power.

1868. CREATOR: Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828–1891, artist. NOTES: Illus. in: Harper’s weekly, 1868 July 25, p. 473.

After the Civil War, some African Americans had opportunity to build a life for themselves as business owners, shopkeepers, and educators. Racist Democrats and Southerners did not hold to all terms of defeat. Thousands of families will survive carrying stories of trauma for generations. Seeds of an African American economic power are crushed. While some historians tried to conceal the contextual significance of white violence against African Americans, other groups try to deny or justify them. …


U.S. events that lead to a national acceptance of discrimination and brutality against Black bodies.

Photo from The Charles Chronicle

A permeating framework of media discrimination shifts with time but results in the abuse, imprisonment, or worse for Black bodies. After the American Civil War, white slave owners lost economic power. In order to regain status they enact laws and form vigilante groups under false pretentions of Black Criminality.

Hop on the Magic School Bus; we are going back in time.

Jump to the 17th century (1601–1700), colonial times. England uses American colonies as a wasteland for their underclass. European convicted criminals fill the colonial labor force, along with indentured servants seeking a new life. Back then…


Golden Gate Hive Directory is a mobile app for connecting families and individuals to free or low-cost resources available within the SF community. Users provide personal information and GGHD generates a list of community resources to assist with their life situation needs.

I was inspired to develop this product after voluntering as a tax preparer with Mission Economic Development Agency in San Francisco. Aside from providing free tax services, MEDA also assesses individuals for other services, like education assistance, or job-readiness programs. What astonished me most was the number of clients I saw turn down additional services, even if they were offered free money through subsidized programs.

Before GGHD, the idea was a financial education tool that leverages behavioral economics to help improve decisions around personal finances.

The original concept was to incorporate behavioral science and educational games to help change people’s thought patterns around finances. …


This concept evolves from an entrepreneur friend, here in SF. He’s the kind of person whose genuine character shows up in his smile. We know each other from my hometown where we met as teenagers. Nowadays he goes by Squirrel.

I bumped into Squirrel a few years ago in front of his office space in the Soma neighborhood. He invited me inside to hang out. Somehow, though likely through my own willingness to be vulnerable, Squirrel opened up on how he organizes areas of his life.

Personal Enrichment, Art, Community, and Health — he calls it Peach.

{Peach} w/ original logo

Peach is appealing…


No sign up necessary!

This application doesn’t use alarms, calendars, schedules, export/share, etc. It’s lightweight and doesn’t store much data beyond 3 tabs.

Scott Smith of the Daily Boost podcast talks about using Have I Done It? lists to manage small tasks that tend to slip into the back of our minds. Small tasks can add up to big consequences if we don’t get to them quick enough.

Set reminders for “easy” tasks that could turn into big hinderances if ignored long enough.


As an emotional teenager I needed a lot of time alone. You too?

My dad would drop me off at the arcade where I would go to subdue angst. I made temporary comrades teaming up in Metal Slug or playing Dance Dance Revolution.

What I love about the arcade is no matter whether I’m alone or with other people, I can enjoy myself.

Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft’s console war, in addition to the rise in mobile and internet gaming lead to a decline in the arcade industry.

Arcades didn’t completely flee the scene, but instead became a little harder to…

Philliz Navidad

Multi-passionate Queer PoC from SF. Geek. Designer. Writing.

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