I’ve trained in Kajukenbo Kung-Fu since the age of 10. I started out at Destiny Arts Center and have continued in my adulthood with my teacher, Sifu Kate Hobbs, at Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon. When growing up, Sifu Kate taught us The Warrior’s Code, a code of ethics revolving around how martial artist relate to the world around them. As I began working for Oakland Kajukenbo Kwoon, I interview some of the students asking them to recite The Warrior’s Code and tell me what it means to them.

This piece originally aired on October 8th, 2010 as part of the program Full Circleon KPFA 94.1 FM.


On January 30th, 2011 I went to Oakland’s Chinatown to gather sounds from the Lunar New Year Bazaar. As I was recording, Mayor Jean Quan showed up and gave me a quick interview about the different Asian communities in Oakland. The day featured cultural performances in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza and booths by local vendors and companies and marked the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.


This piece originally aired on February 4th, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.

I had a chance to talk to some of the folks who work at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse about what they do. The East Bay Depot is a non-profit retail store located in Oakland, CA that focuses on diverting reusable items from the dump and selling them to teachers, artists and community members at low prices. It has an area where people can donate pretty much anything that they want to get rid of but don’t want to throw away. The East Bay Depot gives things that we have used up a new lease on life with someone else. Visit them at 4695 Telegraph Ave at 47th St in Oakland between the hours of 11am and 6pm to either donate or browse the selection.

This piece originally aired on January 21st, 2011 as part of the program Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.

As the New Year kicks into gear, how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? I explore some thoughts around resolving yourself a new year, whichever new year you choose to celebrate.


This commentary originally aired on January 7th, 2011 on Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.

Ariel Luckey

I interviewed Oakland based activist and performer, Ariel Luckey, about his show the Free Land Project, a hip-hop theater piece that deals with a white man’s journey into the history of his family’s land. He covers the Homestead Act which granted pioneer white families expanses of land, stolen from Native Americans.  Ariel shares his thoughts on the origin’s of his theater project and what people should know about some common misconceptions about native peoples that are still passing as fact. Ariel has worked as an educator and entertainer who has been praised for taking a critical and honest look at the history of white people in America. This show was originally aired on Full Circle on October 15th, 2010 in honor of Indigenous People’s Day.


When the days are cold and you have a cold, nothing cures you up like a hot bowl of soup. I sat down and interviewed my sick girlfriend, Michelle, about a soup that she made me when I was sick. It’s a traditional chicken and rice soup porridge that she got from her mom called Arroz Caldo. This is the way we make it and are in full understanding and acknowledgment that there are other ways to do this. Enjoy!

This piece was originally aired on December 10th, 2010 on Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM.


Kash Gains is the co-founder of YAK Films, a film company based in East Oakland, CA which specializes in filming street dancers from around the world. Started from the photography department of a youth center, YAK Films has had several videos go viral on the internet and has shown the art of TURF dancing to the world. Check out their most known video.

Listen to the interview with Kash Gains originally aired on Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 FM on November 12th, 2010.


www.yakfilms.com for more information and videos.