Arun Narayanan reflects on the future of comedy, why he doesn’t like the word ‘diversity’, and what it’s like to be one of the humans behind the Netflix algorithm.
Hello! My name is Sasha Klare-Ayvazian. I am a professional musician in Austin, Texas. I’m an Armenian-Jewish man originally from Western, MA. COVID-19 has stripped away so much of my work, I decided to start this site and create content around three of my passions: music, movies, and hoops. I have played music all my life and it is my career, so that one’s easy. My Dad loves movies and kind of got me going there. I just absolutely love going to the theatre (ideally Alamo Drafthouse): the big screen, the lights go out, and you get transported for 2 hours—a big reason I love sci-fi! And hoops…not sure how it happened. My parents aren’t sports folk (though my Mom loves LeBron—how can you not!). I do know when it happened: playing pickup at naked-hippie camp in Vermont. When I tagged along to pickup one fateful Tuesday in the old Chevy Pickle and experienced how stupid hard it was to get that damn ball through that rusty orange rim, I just fell in love. Love playing the game. Until recently, I played in the noon game at the Austin JCC—probably the thing I miss the most. And I love the NBA (I’m not a big college guy). I’m a huge Celtics fan! Actually crazy story, the day before my wedding I met Paul Pierce—one of the most incredible things to ever happen—in the hotel we were staying. I said, “Paul thank you so much for 2008! (Pause.) Man, I can’t believe we lost in 2010…” “Don’t bring that up.” He responded. Well said Paul.
Sasha Klare-Ayvazian’s One Song series explores what makes a single song great and its impact on his life. Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” debuted on October 20, 2009, two months later Sasha returned home from traveling abroad and found his anthem.
Andrew Duff is an NYC-based actor (Little Voice, As We See It) and autism awareness activist. He sits down with Sasha Klare-Ayvazian to talk about the music he grew up on, Sara Bareilles and Little Voice, working with Tectonic Theater Project, how autism has impacted his career, representation in film, and whether actors should take roles playing members of groups they are not part of.
Today is the GOAT John Williams’ 90th birthday. Happy Birthday John! To celebrate, we’re drafting film scores. 4 contestants, 6 rounds, and every note to lose.
Sasha sent this graphic to his friend Kush Mody and he replayed, “What if it was the same setup, but instead of Build Your Own Avengers Team for $15, it was Build Your Own Avengers HANG?” Indeed sir. Here we are.
Sasha knew he had to write a love letter to Stephen Curry after watching him play and realizing he was rooting for him for the first time in his life—even though he was playing against him in fantasy basketball. If you read that sentence and immediately checked out because of words like “Stephen Curry,” “fantasy,” or even “basketball,” this piece is particularly for you.
Today’s guest on MMH and _______ is Nico Carter, founder of the Juicebox Theater in Chicago and the What the Gif Game, comedian, and former Cards Against Humanity Staff Writer.
Lito gives his opinion on the recent matchup between the legendary groups.
MMH and __________ is a new video series where Sasha interviews guests outside of music, movies, and hoops to learn about the role MMH plays in their lives and about their work. Our first guest is NC State University assistant professor of educational equity and social studies, Dr. Amato Nocera.
The crew returns with our MMH spin on monthly NBA Power Rankings. Eat your heart out hoops heads!
What is it like to be Beyoncé and Solange’s father? What if you also founded a record label, produced over 100 platinum albums, own a WNBA team, and lecture around the world? Sasha Klare-Ayvazian and Nico Carter sit down with the one-and-only Dr. Mathew Knowles for a powerful and candid conversation on his career, music, basketball, and equity and representation in the recording industry.
Hello and welcome to the inaugural Music Movies & Hoops NBA Monthly Power Rankings. This isn’t your normal Power Rankings as we’ll incorporate the full triumvirate of our themes, something you, the reader, cannot get anywhere else!