By Sam Cacas
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And for a writer, I might add that absence also makes the words go stronger. Since this column’s appearance in the summer, a number of new media developments have taken the BlAsian world by storm and made my BlAsian writer mission ever more motivated. Probably the most impressive development is the July 23 debut of a mobisode preview called “Audre and Dre” which was produced by Los Angeles-based Kelley Company Productions. Co-starring New Jersey-born actress (see vid of her recent appearance on the T.V. show House) Audrey D. Kelley and Andrew Chen, the film highlights their fictional marriage’s ups and downs ending in a hedonistic sensually fulfilling ending.
The 2:35-minute vid has drawn raves in various BlAsian discussion boards including the PowerCouples_AMBW which I co-moderate (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PowerCouples_AMBW/). In its short YouTube life, this vid has garnered 1720 views on YouTube as of November 29. Co-star Audrey Kelley, who is also CEO of The Kelley Company Productions (see their YouTube channel at (http://www.youtube.com/user/KelleyCoProductions), told yours truly: “The video wasn’t written to be race specific but the leads were cast as an Asian male and African-American woman. I wasn’t aware that there was such a desire out there to see a couple such as this.” She added that her company will continue to produce films in the BlAsian genre.
In case you didn’t know, a mobisode is a short video designed specifically for showing on a cellphone. Thus, the shots are usually closeup and the storyline happens at a faster pace than a regular video or film. Also, mobisodes are usually a mere two to five minutes in length. They are usually designed for cellphone users as well as internet users and are most popular Asian countries such as Korea, China, Japan, and Singapore. Not surprisingly, “Audrey and Dre” will initially be distributed in the above countries.
Kudos to Barry Jenkins for his vid “Tall Enough” featuring a BlAsian couple from Brooklyn, New York whose rapture is featured by Bloomingdale’s.
Kudos also go to Akira’s Hip Hop Shop producer Joseph Doughrity whose award-winning BlAsian film was featured BET’s Special Eyes on talent on November 22. The showing was headlined by actress Sanaa Lathan of the BlAsian flick, “Sushi and Watermelon.”
This columnist highly recommends as your next read the recently self-published BlAsian memoir titled “Black Passenger Yellow Cabs” by Jamaican native and long-time California resident Stefhen Bryant. The Jamaican native’s memoir narrates a sexual sojourn to Japan which Bryant took between 2001 and 2008 in which he set out to fulfill his dream of. Bryant’s dream was launched by his attraction for Asian women in his hometown of East Kingston. While I question a number of his claims (e.g., “As sex, like most things in Japan, is for the satisfaction of men, Japanese men, uncomfortable with the intimacy aspect of sex, cannot fathom the concept of sex with the objective of pleasing women and the art of pleasuring women, sexually or otherwise is alien to them. They are oblivious to the power of furnishing women with multiple orgasms.”), his outright honesty about his sexual addiction issue and stated decision to curtail such exploits and get married made me curious enough to keep reading beyond the back cover copy.
At press time, a new BlAsian board has emerged on the ning.com site. Aptly called Black women Asian men United the new site seeks “to support, encourage, and promote interaction between Black women and Asian men. Yours truly has accepted the invitation to be co-Administrator. See my thoughts about this new site at my blog.
And last but not least, look for my seminal fiction work “BlAsian Exchanges, a novel” to be launched as an e-book in January 2010 or sooner. Yours truly has made the decision to go indie and will sell the e-book version of his tome on clickbank.com and other virtual venues.
Sam Cacas, author “BlAsian Exchanges, a novel” blogs at http://blackwomanasianman.wordpress.com