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    [WATCH] On the red carpet of “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

    In anticipation of tonight’s premiere of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” the sixth season of the hit anthology series, I hit the red carpet of an advanced screening to find out why this season might be the scariest, sexiest and most heartfelt one yet. Maybe it has something to do with Lady Gaga starring in it? Watch below.

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    [WATCH] Julian Morris reveals his love for Judy Blume, lets me challenge his Britishness

    Hanging with Julian Morris on the YH couch.

    Hanging with Julian Morris on the YH couch.

    Julian Morris stars as a reverend/con artist in Amazon Prime’s “Hand of God,” and the actor formerly known as Wren on “Pretty Little Liars” and Prince Philip on “Once Upon a Time” recently sat down with me in the Young Hollywood studio to chat about his new show, among other things (like his love for Judy Blume! What!?).

    When your job requires you to sit down and interview handsome guys with impeccable British accents, it doesn’t always feel like a job. Even better when they have opinions and interesting things to say about politics and social issues, which Julian did, even after we stopped rolling.

    Watch below to see Julian wax political on the royal family and play a game of “How British Are You?” with me! Spoiler alert: He’s still British.

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    WATCH me chill with YouTube’s CaptainSparklez at Super League Gaming Minecraft event!

    YouTube gaming sensations CaptainSparklez and ParkerGames take me around Super League Gaming‘s first in-theater event at the Cinemark in Playa Vista, CA. Gamers compete in the national Minecraft championship for major scholarship money, a trophy and bragging rights!

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    [WATCH] My latest interviews for Young Hollywood.

    Check out the celebs who have joined me on the Young Hollywood couch lately, including Emmy winner Regina King, who revealed the moment she found out she was even nominated and plays an especially hilarious game of “Make-out, Marry, Kill” with me; Emily Mortimer who shaded her “Doll and Em” guest star and former co-star, Ewan McGregor; Derek Waters of the Emmy-nominated Comedy Central show, “Drunk History”; and one of my favorite actors of the age, Michael Shannon, who dropped by to chat about his new movie, “99 Homes” and revealed what NOT to do to get his attention if you ever see him IRL. Hint: Don’t yell “BOARDWALK EMPIRE!” Yuk-yuks all around, guys and dolls. Enjoy.


    With Emily Mortimer, English rose and Ewan McGregor, shade-thrower. In honor of her Britishness, I wore Ted Baker London found at Nordstrom Rack. That’s as British as I get.


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    [WATCH] My latest interviews on Young Hollywood!

    Check out my latest interviews from the Young Hollywood studio with “Fear the Walking Dead” star, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Alice Eve (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) who dropped to chat about her new movie, “Before We Go,” and Peyton List of Disney’s “Bunk’d”!

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    Meet Kanya Sesser + Details about my latest project.

    Kanya Sesser, 22, was born without legs, taken in by monks when she was abandoned as a newborn at a Buddhist temple in her country, Thailand, and adopted by American parents at age 7. She lives her motto “No legs, no limits” through everything she does, especially as an athlete. A model, part-time community college student and avid skateboarder and surfer, Sesser is especially serious about her sports: She previously trained to be a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2012 and is setting her sights on a spot on the team for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea.

    Kanya Sesser photographed at Venice Beach by Michelle Yap.

    Kanya Sesser photographed at Venice Beach by Michelle Yap.

    That’s Kanya’s story in a nutshell and why it’s become my latest passion project. I originally pitched her story as a print one but was turned down. Reluctant to let the opportunity go, though, I decided to hire my own crew (me, a cameraman/sound mixer and my “production assistant” sister who has a) never been a production assistant and b) worked for a burrito) to interview Kanya as she participated in an adaptive skateboarding event at Venice Beach. Upon hearing about my project, my friend Silas generously offered his music library for me to use in my limited web series about Kanya, the first two episodes of which I produced and edited and are posted below.

    Interviewing Kanya on Venice Beach. Photo by Michelle Yap.

    Interviewing Kanya on Venice Beach. Photo by Michelle Yap.

    There are stories that hit a nerve, that reach through the screen or paper and resonate with you deeply not only because they are inspiring and interesting, but also because they make you examine yourself. That’s what I find fascinating and engrossing about stories like Kanya’s; I hope that’s what you find, too. More to come.

    Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more Kanya, and videos and vlogs by yours truly.

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    [WATCH] My latest segments on Young Hollywood, now on Apple TV!

    My favorite part about my job is being able to meet the people I do: some are celebrities and bonafide stars, while others are on the very edge of entering celeb-hood. T-Pain, Teyana Taylor and Frankie Grande – judges on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs” – are members of the former category, but the subjects of my sit-down in the Young Hollywood studio fall squarely in the latter category. Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell aren’t household names. But with the highly anticipated N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” bowing in theaters this weekend, they might well be soon enough.

    I don’t usually take on the role of “critic” when it comes to TV shows and movies, although if you follow me on social media (here and here), you’ve seen me opine about my favorites and not-so-favorites *cough*TrueDetectiveSeasonTwo*cough*. As an entertainment news person, I’m in a weird hybrid role that, at times, straddles the line between PR and journalism. It may come as no surprise that entertainment news involves a lot of behind-the-scenes politicking that I won’t get into because it’s just not worth getting into. I love my job; that much is true, and I’m incredibly grateful that I can say that I do. I’ve worked long enough to know some things, one of which is that few people say they genuinely love their job. For me, sometimes that job means taking on more of a promotional role rather than a critical one.

    With Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell of "Straight Outta Compton."

    With Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell of “Straight Outta Compton.”

    Fusion recently published this article about how Hollywood largely ignores Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and women both in front of and behind the camera. The author references a powerful study conducted by researchers at USC Annenberg that revealed some pretty startling statistics about how grossly under-presented minorities are, while straight white males and those associated narratives continue to dominate our big screens. But, then again, this is a story we hear time and time again, especially when awards season starts heating up. So, really, the statistics are not very surprising at all.

    Part of the reason I believe in the power of film and TV is that those mediums are the ones that make people important; they make stories important by the very fact that they are being told. The logic goes, then, that if your story isn’t being told, guess what? You’re really just not that important. And what an insidious, dangerous and silly reflection of the varied, diverse reality we all live and will continue to live in decades to come.

    So, let me take off my promotional floppy hat and put on my critical trucker’s one when I urge you to go and see “Straight Outta Compton” this weekend. Spend your money to see a movie that doesn’t feature a predominantly white cast doing the same superhero stuff we’ve already seen this summer. Support the work of some up-and-coming on-screen talent who are just starting out and bringing to life the story of one of the most influential rap groups in pop culture history. Go see it because you learned the words to “Boyz-n-the-Hood” before Dynamite Hack did that cover of it – because you put a picture of yourself up with that #straightoutta meme on your Facebook. Go see it because the faces and images of inequality look all too familiar in 2015. Go see it because it’s an important story, and it’s getting told.

    See my interviews with Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre) and Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) from “Straight Outta Compton,” and my set tour of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs” below.




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