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Kuya Chris Podcast, 2017

Kim Davalos is an accomplished Filipina American educator, community artist, and counselor. Born and raised in Stockton, California, she moved quickly through academia, finishing her undergrad at San Diego State University and her Masters in Counseling at San Francisco State University—all by the age of 21. At the same time, she worked on her craft as a poet—participating in open mics and winning a slam competition during her undergrad—eventually taking on photography as well. She's currently working as a counselor at Skyline College. She teaches for CIPHER, the first West Coast hip hop learning community in the country. Using hip hop as a platform to engage students and promote academic success, she's now taking on the position of lead Coordinator for Rock the School Bells—a conference that uses hip hop and arts to engage and empower youth to excel in higher education.

In this episode, Kim opens up with poetry and shares her journey through spoken word, arts, and academia. She shares the reasons she entered counseling as a profession and the lessons she’s learned over the years of practice. We dive into her family’s history and her growth through hip hop, eventually discussing her dreams and vision for Rock the School Bells. Throughout the episode, she also shares more poetry and reflections, ranging from feminism to her personal relationship with her grandmother. She has a lot of wisdom to share! Take a listen and let us know your thoughts!

3 Pieces of Advice

1. Enjoy the moment. Even the hard moments. Be present.
2. Know your worth. You are worthy. Create your boundaries.
3. Be completely raw, unapologetic, and authentic.

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return to saturn
Published by Janice Sapigao

For Janice's whole project/gift, click HERE

I'm blessed to know this woman and call her friend, and I dare say one of my life and art's greatest teachers thus far. She taught me the power in our softness. She taught me how to speak up without talking over the ones we respect and love. She taught me how to return. For Janice's 30th birthday this year, her own Saturn Return, she and I caught up over the phone a few days before and she shared with me her upcoming project, "livetotell" - a series of 30 different photos and stories behind each one. Now, you have to understand what a bad ass writer this woman is. If you don't, take the time to figure it out. So it came as super unexpected and one of my greatest honors when Janice created space in her 30 slots for me, for my writing, and to acknowledge my love.

For more of Janice Sapigao's incomparable work, you can also peep out her website at

"Kim Davalos is a beautiful soul. She is my friend, co-worker, and one of my favorite poets. She writes in the tradition of nayyirah waheed, but really speaks from the beating life of everyone's heart. Like, the real beat. Like, impulse and contraction. Like electricity. It awakens me. Her form can be musical, and the written lyrics she spits leave a trace of where she's been and where we need to be. I love this poem because it reminds me to take care of myself, because isn't that its own kind of work and importance? It is."


illustration by kenta thomas naoi

Complicated Pussy

Published by Folioh Port


1. this pussy is complicated.

2. Sex and The City fucked me up.

3. i don’t want to have children.

carrie bradshaw was, and honestly, still is, the epitome of life goals. years ago i was going through my first real break up with my first love of four years. at that time, my roommate had the Sex and The City series box set and i thought, “meh, why not give this show a try.” and like anything else i do in my life, i go from zero to one hundred real quick. so it came to no surprise that i finished the whole series in less than a month. and it changed my life. 

as much as woman is empowered to find freedom, we fear woman will become too free. 

For the whole article, click HERE

Photography + Article

by Kim Davalos

Homage Hospitality's Strength in Numbers

Published by Stature Life

Oakland, California is in a state of crisis as a city and as a culture which is also a reflection that mirrors the current threat to Black masculinity in America.

Damon Lawrence, 29, and Marcus Carey, 25, co-founders of Homage Hospitality Group, understand the zeitgeist of our time and have begun to hone in on the adversities for African American males as the crux of their company.

“As we are losing more and more of our safe spaces to gentrification, it’s important to continue to create those spaces for people of color, especially for our men,” Lawrence stated.

The need for space, not only physical, but all things mental, spiritual, and emotional is even seen as the foundation for Homage Hospitality Group through their business partnership.

For the whole article, click HERE

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5 Things I Know To Be True About Love

Published by TAYO Magazine

Love is annoying

It’s stressful and anxiety-provoking
Love keeps you up until 2am

Demanding you work hard at it
Invest in it
Knowing it will also call on you early in the morning

When you’re exhausted

You will want to ignore the call
But somehow you get yourself to answer anyways

Love comes when you least expect it


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