Eugene Cho

black eyed peas opens for u2

As most of you know, Minhee and I had the joy and gift of soaking in the U2 concert this past week.

After hearing all the hype and elevation of U2 and blah blah blah, I became a believer this past week. I’ve always enjoyed their music but I became a fan this week – even despite Bono blowing kisses at my wife. Jerk.

Anyways, the venue wasn’t as packed when the Black Eyed Peas opened for U2. It’s not fair to compare these two but the BEP just seemed off or that I’m not familiar with their music. In fact, I’ve only heard one of their songs prior to the show.  But then again, maybe it’s because they weren’t playing “their” show to their primary audience. What was fascinating was to be so close to stage and to able to see the precision of everything they were doing – or at least attempting to do.

Any Black Eyed Peas fans amongst my readers?

Here’s one of the videos I captured:

And while I was at it, I took what I think is a pretty kick arse photo of Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas. If she donates her one day’s wages, I’m willing to let her use it for her next album. Click on the image to see the high resolution picture.

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And in case you missed it the first time, here’s the best photo I took from the U2 show: Edge in action. Click on the image to see the high res:

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4 Responses

  1. Jay Sellers says:

    Been a U2 fan for years myself. You got some crazy good seats.

    I would have taken a nap or read a book during the BEP songs.

  2. […] black eyed peas opens for u2 « eugene cho eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/black-eyed-peas-opens-for-u2 – view page – cached As most of you know, Minhee and I had the joy and gift of soaking in the U2 concert this past week. — From the page […]

  3. Mike says:

    Hey Eugene – U2 was great, of course, but I was surprised by the Peas. My own thoughts are here if you’re interested.

    http://bit.ly/28iVZd

  4. josephcastillo says:

    Nice! Just got tickets for June 18 here in the Bay. Great shot of my Guitar Hero, the Edge. I wanna see how big of a lens I can bring into the stadium.

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the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

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