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“Slanted” -- Taking the Fight for AAPI Civil Rights to the Supreme Court with Author, Activist & Musician Simon Tam (7EP10)

Brand on Purpose

Author, Activist and Musician Simon Tam opens up about his experience pursuing the landmark 2017 case that helped expand civil liberties for minorities and artistic expression at the Supreme Court of the United States - which started from a simple band name. Author of “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court,” founder and bassist of The Slants, and leader of The Slants Foundation, Simon has dedicated himself to both creating impactful art and mentoring and supporting others who incorporate activism into their art. Simon and Aaron discuss the lengthy process of taking a case to the Supreme Court, Simon’s work since March 2020 in light of a rise in anti-Asian hate, and the importance of questioning why things make us uncomfortable. Tune in to hear about Simon’s additional work as a restaurateur, and learn more at simontam.org.Production Credits: Aaron Kwittken, Jeff Maldonado, Dara Cothran, Lindsay Hand, Julie Strickland, Nina Valdes, Maria Bayas, Michael Grubbs, and Mathew Passy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


7 Sep 2021

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Simon Tam of the band The Slants discusses his landmark First Amendment rights case he won in the U. S. Supreme Court

Karen Conti

Author and Musician Simon Tam of the band The Slants is with WGN Radio’s Karen Conti to talk about his First Amendment rights case he won in the U. S. Supreme court on the trademark of his band name The Slants in 2017. You can order his book “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court” here. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3861728/3861728_2021-08-01-224828.64kmono.mp3 You can find Karen Conti on Facebook. If you have a legal question for Karen, call her office at (312) 332-7800 or email her at wgn@askkarenconti.com.

1 Aug 2021

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#10 - The Slants Foundation, APAHM + Art + Activism - with Simon Tam

What Gives?

We're kicking off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with our first APAHM guest, Simon Tam from The Slants Foundation.Simon talks to us about the freedom of expression, diverse representation, and art as activism. We discuss ways to combat Asian hate and amplify Asian voices through the arts.Happy APAHM!You can find The Slants Foundation here:http://theslants.org/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theslantsfound/IG: @theslantsfoundTwitter: @theslantsfoundSupport: http://theslants.org/donate


6 May 2021

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Diversified Game

Buy The Book: https://slantedbook.com/ This is the Diversified Game Podcast with Kellen "Kash" Coleman a podcast giving entrepreneurial advice from a diverse and inclusive perspective.  Submit to Be Our Guest: Send your bio, epk, one sheet, and decks to diversifiedgame@gmail.com Book Consulting Time with Kellen www.cprfirm.com Buy Our Swag/Merchandise:  https://teespring.com/stores/my-store-10057187  https://diversifiedgame.bigcartel.com/  Support Us On Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/gamediversified   Follow the Diversified Game Experience: http://diversifiedgame.com  https://teespring.com/stores/my-store-10057187 http://instagram.diversifiedgame.com http://facebook.diversifiedgame.com  http://twitter.diversifiedgame.com  http://youtube.diversifiedgame.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/diversifiedgame/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/diversifiedgame/support


15 Feb 2021

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Ep. 5: Simon Tam – Musician, activist, and author

Coffee with BAO

Musician, activist, and author Simon Tam has a personal conversation with BAO about his Asian American story, his passion as an activist and educator,  his work ethic as a creator, and the decade-long journey that took his band The Slants to the United States Supreme Court. Find Simon at http://simontam.org and his memoir "Slanted" at http://slantedbook.com Coffee with BAO is a series of casual conversations with Vietnamese American songwriter and producer Bao Vo exploring creative process, cultural identity, and personal growth. Coffee with BAO is also available as a podcast. Your financial support is super appreciated. You can donate to help create this content at http://coffeewithbao.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/baovomusic/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/baovomusic/support


8 Nov 2020

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13 - Simon Tam

A Matter Of Music

Simon Tam of The Slants. Author, Musician, Activist, and Troublemaker. We talk to Simon about his marketing, the case that took him all the way to the Supreme Court, and the fact that artist must know the business as well as the creative side of the music industry.

1hr 10mins

15 Oct 2020

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S1E22 Simon Tam - Defending the Marginalized

LGOtv: Big Talk

What does it take to defend your marginalized identity in front of the Supreme Court, and how does everything change after?Join Laura Gassner Otting as she hosts this episode of LGOtv with special guest, Simon Tam - Bass Player, Radical Optimist, Troublemaker.1:55 - Who picks up the bass?7:03 - Why apply for trademark registration for your brand name?8:45 - Why didn't you bail out early when it was clear that success was nigh impossible?10:02 - "If I had an opportunity to make a difference, why would I walk away?"10:32 - "The true costs of following your dreams and following your values isn't what you sacrifice in order to do that, it's what you lose when you don't."18:11 - How do you talk with a White Supremacist?24:42 - "I get a bill for printing for $11,000 from the federal government. And I just thought, 'Why am I doing this?'"27:42 - "Much to the chagrin of my attorneys, when I encountered social justice groups that didn't agree with me, I said, 'You should file a case against me.'"29:51 - "The first time I heard that we won was when I saw on Twitter that the Supreme Court ruled in our favor."31:10 - "Millions of Americans right now are experiencing discrimination...it's incredibly degrading."33:30 - The Slants Foundation39:16 - "I always grew up thinking that I would do music, play bass forever, and rock stages across the world. But this provides me with a level of reward and fulfillment that no stage has ever provided."43:00 - Using the first floor of a newly purchased home to create an art gallery and event space for marginalized voices.52:30 - "The thing about privilege is that we're blind to it."55:20 - "Supporting the arts isn't just charity, it's not just entertainment, it is justice."Linkswww.simontam.orgInstagram: @simonthetamhttp://www.facebook.com/simonthetamhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/simonstamhttp://www.theslants.com/foundation/https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733629106Washington Post Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker, Laura Gassner Otting, inspires people to push past the doubt and indecision that keep great ideas in limbo because her presentations make listeners think bigger and accept greater challenges that reach beyond their limited scope of belief.She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and perspective generated by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, as well as philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges. She leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others.


1 Oct 2020

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40. With Simon Tam

Were You Still Talking?

Episode 40 On this episode I had the pleasure of talking to Simon Tam about his new book Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court Tam has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,300 events across four continents. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 13 times. We talked about the band The Slants, jumping on drumsets, being an Asian American, racism, and how the battle with the trademark office all started. The trademark battle has been featured on NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post and Wikipedia (so you know it’s for real, right?). From his website: Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and troublemaker. Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. He helped expand civil liberties for minorities by winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case, Matal v. Tam, in 2017. He also leads The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit that supports arts and activism projects for underrepresented communities. Tam has been a keynote speaker, performer, and presenter at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,300 events across four continents. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 13 times. As a communications expert, Tam designed one of the first college-accredited social media and digital marketing certificates in the United States. His approach to cultural competency in marketing has been taught to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and public service organizations. In 2016, Simon joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, Jeremy Lin, and other celebrities in the #ActToChange campaign to fight bullying. Simon Tam continues to fight for justice by serving on multiple nonprofit boards, developing innovative solutions to social problems, and sharing a message of radical optimism.  https://www.simontam.org/ Social media: @simonthetam Book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3i2j39A Music for all episodes by Jon Griffin. My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCugOLERePPuD4nwtZO-Zwnw?view_as=subscriber My Instagram: @joelyshmoley and @slideswithjohn FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/wereyoustilltalking/ Twitter: @JoelAAlbrecht


4 Sep 2020

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Turning Challenge into Opportunity w/ Simon Tam

Our Portland with Sarah Iannarone

Sarah joins her friend Simon Tam / @SimonTheTam on Twitter to talk about how we can nourish Portland’s arts and culture during the coming COVID-19 recovery.Find your nearest ballot drop box at sarah2020.com/dropboxes.Paid for by Friends of Sarah for PortlandDominant contributors: Open and Accountable Elections, Dr. Julian Bell (Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists))


19 May 2020

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Simon Tam on Trademark Registration

Ipse Dixit

In this episode, Simon Tam, the founder and bassist for The Slants, an Asian-American dance-rock band, discusses his fight to register his band's name as a trademark with the USPTO, and how he helped changed trademark law. Tam begins by describing the origins and aesthetics of The Slants, including why he chose the band's name. He explains why he filed a trademark registration application, and why he chose to fight the USPTO's denial of his application. And he reflects on why he thinks the Supreme Court (mostly) got it right, when it held in Matal v. Tam (2017) that the Lanham Act's prohibition of the registration of "disparaging" trademarks violated the First Amendment. Tam is on Twitter at @SimonTheTam.This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Jan 2020