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Detroit Lions Pop Culture 

I stumbled upon gems in popular culture when I Googled "Detroit Lions"..... the LIONS, established in 1934, are NFL world champions of 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957. What can I say? Our 2018, 2019, and 2020 National Football League seasons were rough. It's about time we turn things around with our new owner Sheila Ford Hamp, new general manager Brad Holmes, new head coach Dan Campbell, new assistant head coach Duce Staley, our new coaching staff, and our new QB1 Jared Goff. Let's bite kneecaps LIONS!!!

Congratulations to Detroit Lions photographer Jeff Nguyen on winning first place in the "action category" and "Photo of the Year" in the Dave Boss Award of Excellence with his entry "Pocket Full of Dreams" in the 53rd Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest for the 2020 NFL season.
"The image depicts Lions running back Adrian Peterson jumping through a perfectly formed hole in the line of scrimmage against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at Ford Field in Detroit." -Pro Football Hall of Fame

Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" in the NFL Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket that inspired the G-iii "Beverly Hills Edition" jacket.

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders in NFL Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket by G-iii.

Me beatboxing in my Starter NFL Detroit Lions "Enforcer" Satin Full-Snap Varsity Jacket.

Big Sean rocking his Starter x Ty Mopkins Detroit Lions Satin Full-Snap Varsity Jacket for the Detroit Lions vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Thanksgiving Game Halftime Show at Ford Field.

Eminem rocking a Chalk Line Detroit Lions Varsity Jacket when his "Marshal Mathers LP 2" record went platinum.
 

Eminem rocking his Chalk Line Detroit Lions Varsity Jacket for his Berserk live performance on the "Le Grand Journal" French Talk Show.

EPSN Magazine's Music Issue: Pro Football Hall of Fame Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and multi-platinum rap artist Eminem in a Chalk Line Detroit Lions royal blue and white Varsity Jacket at St Andrews Theater in Detroit, Michigan. Photo credit: Matthias Clamer

G-Unit's 50 Cent in a Detroit Lions Satin Full-Snap Jacket.
 

Rocking my Starter Detroit Lions "Enforcer" Satin Full-Snap Varsity Jacket during my KALO TV "Talk Story Unscripted" Podcast Talk Show interview.

Detroit Lions QB1 Jared Goff in the NFL Detroit Lions 25th Anniversary "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket by G-iii made famous by Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" in Beverly Hills Cop II and III. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen/Detroit Lions.

My beatbox shout out to Motor City and Detroit Lions in the NFL Detroit Lions 25th Anniversary "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket by G-iii.

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson in the NFL Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket by G-iii. Photo credit: Detroit Lions.

Good Morning Football host and former Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson rocking the Starter Detroit Lions 30th Anniversary "Beverly Hills Edition" Satin Full-Snap Varsity Jacket at the NFL Draft.

Tom Hardy as "Eddie Brock" rocking the NFL Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Marvel's "Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage" is set to release on September 24th.

Photography 
- Matthias Clamer
- ESPN Magazine
- Jeff Nguyen
- Pro Football Hall of Fame

Film 
- Disney
- Tom Hardy as "Eddie Brock" 
- Brandon T. Jackson as "Aaron Foley" 
- Marvel
- Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" 

Sports 
- WR Nate Burleson 
- QB Jared Goff 
- WR Calvin "Megatron" Johnson 
- RB Adrian Peterson 
- RB Barry Sanders 

Hip Hop Music 
- Rapper 50 Cent
- Rapper Eminem 
- Rapper Big Sean 
- Beatboxer Jason Tom 

Fashion 
- Air Jordan 
- Casio G-Shock 
- Chalk Line 
- Action Sportswear's FanaticU
- Gameday Detroit
- G-iii Sports Apparel by Carl Banks 
- Ty Mopkins
- NFL Shop
- Nike 
- Starter

Detroit Lions Beverly Hills Jacket 

NFL Draft 2021 season!

I am excited that Detroit Lions' drafted Oregon Ducks' offensive lineman and American Samoan native Penei Sewell. Great pick. Let's go Detroit Lions on our road to being playoff contenders and Super Bowl champions. Restore the roar.

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes, offensive lineman Penel Sewell, and head coach Dan Campbell. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen

Detroit Lions Penel Sewell. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen

Detroit Lions Penel Sewell. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen

Detroit Lions Penel Sewell. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen

Detroit Lions Penel Sewell. Photo credit: Jeff Nguyen


In support of the Detroit Lions, below is Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" in Beverly Hills Cop II and III wearing the iconic Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket.

Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" rocking the iconic Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket.

Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" rocking the iconic Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket.

Eddie Murphy as "Axel Foley" rocking the iconic Detroit Lions Letterman Jacket.

The NFL has licensed two official Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Axel Foley jackets that commemorates the 25th and 30th anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop II. Great Detroit Lions collector jackets to sport. I ordered these at Motor City's Fanatic U and Gameday Detroit.

Will there be an official NFL 35th anniversary and third release? The Detroit Lions could be teasing for the latest installment of the "Beverly Hills Edition" Axel Foley jacket.

NFL, G-III Sports, and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Carl Banks licensed the first official release of the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Axel Foley Letterman Jacket that commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop II.

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson "All Day" in the NFL Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Limited Edition" Axel Foley letterman jacket. Video by Detroit Lions and Game On.

Beatboxer Jason Tom rocking the NFL Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Limited Edition" Axel Foley letterman jacket.

Beatboxer Jason Tom sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.

NFL quarterback Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.
Photo by: Jeff Nguyen

NFL quarterback Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.
Photo by: Jeff Nguyen

NFL quarterback Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.
Photo by: Jeff Nguyen

NFL quarterback Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.
Photo by: Jeff Nguyen

NFL quarterback Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket.
Photo by: Jeff Nguyen

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back Adrian Peterson sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Photo by: Detroit Lions and Game On

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back Adrian Peterson sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Photo by: Detroit Lions and Game On

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back Adrian Peterson sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Photo by: Detroit Lions and Game On

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back Adrian Peterson sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Photo by: Detroit Lions and Game On

Future Pro Football Hall of Fame NFL running back Adrian Peterson sporting the Detroit Lions "Beverly Hills Edition" Letterman Jacket. Photo by: Detroit Lions and Game On

NFL, Starter, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, and fashion designer Ty Mopkins licensed the second official release of the Detroit Lions Starter "Beverly Hills Edition" Satin Full Snap Varsity Jacket that commemorates the 30th Anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop II.

Former NFL wide receiver and Good Morning Football host Nate Burleson at the NFL Draft rocking the Detroit Lions Starter "Beverly Hills" Satin Varsity Jacket.

Former NFL wide receiver and Good Morning Football host Nate Burleson rocking the Detroit Lions Starter "Beverly Hills" Satin Varsity Jacket.

Thriller Letterman Jacket 

My affinity for letterman jackets and outerwear began when I caught Michael Jackson and his date Ola Ray in the iconic Thriller short film. Michael Jackson in the varsity jacket with a red wool body and yellow leather sleeve with the big letter "M." That stood out to me from the get go.

I've steadily been building my outerwear and varsity jacket wardrobe through the years for human beatbox concerts, conferences, endeavors, collaborative projects, and productions. The latest addition to my outerwear and letterman jacket collection are these BlackByrd Goods varsity jackets. They fit comfortably and feel so good. I highly recommend my blog readers to check out their leather goods, products, and apparel.




I am excited about the news of the Detroit Lions' new quarterback Jared Goff, from Hollywood to the Motor City.  Yes, the Honolulu Blue and Silver has had rough seasons in Motown. We have not won a single playoff game in a long time and we have not ever appeared in a Super Bowl. I am excited about the direction that the Lions are now heading. With the Lions front office president Rod Wood and our new owner Sheila Ford Hamp's hiring of the Lions' new general manager Brad Holmes, new head coach Dan Campbell, new assistant head coach Duce Staley, and new coaching staff. As a Detroit Lions and Beverly Hills Cop fan, I would like to add the Detroit Lions' G-III Beverly Hills edition varsity jacket to my collection.

Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley in the Detroit Lions' Beverly Hills Cop Varsity Jacket.

Jared Goff sporting the Detroit Lions G-III Sports Beverly Hills Edition Letterman Jacket at his introductory press conference.

And yes, my affinity for outerwear and letterman jackets, really, it began from watching the iconic Thriller short film. It was the Thriller varsity jacket that got me hooked. The Michael Jackson Thriller varsity jacket is still one of my favorites in my ongoing outerwear and letterman jacket collection.

Here are photos of Michael Jackson, me (Jason Tom), Chris Brown, Kanye West, and Heidi Klum rocking the Thriller letterman jacket.

 

Jason Tom sporting the authentic and iconic Michael Jackson Thriller varsity jacket in a live show.

 

Chris Brown sporting the Thriller varsity jacket in a live concert.

 

Kanye West in the Thriller varsity jacket with Anja Rubik.

 

Heidi Klum dressed as a werewolf in the Thriller letterman jacket.

 

Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase 

Thank you for dropping in to see my June showcase with Prisma Dance at Ala Moana Centerstage! I invite you to catch Prisma Dance and I at our next Ala Moana Centerstage Showcase, Friday, August 2nd, 7pm!

I am happy to let blog readers like you know that since 2016, on June 10th, "National Beatbox Day" is celebrated in honor of Darren 'Buffy" Robinson the Human Beatbox of the Fat Boys, the pioneers, creators, and game changers!

Jason Tom + Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage

The legendary Rahzel, formerly a member of The Roots, and Jason Tom at Webster Hall New York!!!

I wore my Fat Boys t-shirt in my extended observance of "National Beatbox Day" at this June 21st showcase!


Fat Boys: Kool Rock-Ski, Buff Love, Prince Markie Dee

Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Photo credit: Jayson David



Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Video credit: Gale West

Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Photo credit: Jayson David


Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Video credit: Nate Izumi

Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Photo credit: Jayson David

Jason Tom Prisma Dance June Showcase at Ala Moana Centerstage! | Photo credit: Jayson David

Jason Tom "Rhythm And Moves" Prisma Dance May Showcase (Beatbox Battle Survival Jacket)! | Photo credit: Albert Moreno


Jason Tom "Rhythm And Moves" Prisma Dance May Showcase (Beatbox Battle Survival Jacket)! | Photo credit: Albert Moreno


Jason Tom "Genghis Blues" Prisma Dance May Showcase (Beatbox Battle Vintage Jacket)! | Photo credit: Albert Moreno


Jason Tom "Boom Bap" Prisma Dance May Showcase (Beatbox Battle College Jacket)! | Photo credit: Albert Moreno

 

Jason Tom at HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays 16th Anniversary Grand Slam Finals 

Jason Tom is HawaiiSlam's First Thursdays 16th Anniversary Grand Slam Finalist at Hawaiian Brian's Crossroads Concert Hall. Show hosted by Hawai`i Poet Laureate Kealoha with DJ Toki of Sisters in Sound and live painter Alicia Soder. 

Video Credit: Sáshily Kling

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I Turned My Academic Journey Around 


Jason Tom opened for the 10th Kamehameha Schools Education Technology Conference: Disrupt!

I am an entertainer who advocates for education, because I've experienced first hand "invaluable" tools we can develop through education. In 2017, a struggling university math student contacted me online. I offered to math tutor and coach that female student on the "how to" turn her academic journey around.

She then flipped the script, and finished strong with multiple 4.0 grade point average (gpa) semesters.

In 2018, that student earned her bachelor of arts degree in Early Childhood Education.

My own reflection process on the life tools I've engineered to "dig deep," "persevere," "turn the tables," and "endure" through what I've accomplished in my academic adventure aided to the success in life, my academic coaching, and beatboxing.

When we go through a crossroad... it's important we keep a memory bank on our roots in the "how" we overcame adversity in order to move forward in life.

President William McKinley High School alumnus Jason Tom beatboxing on the Music With A Message Tour.

I am most grateful that I failed early and multiple times later in life! Yes! The failures taught me how to bounce back  discouragement and that developed my character.

I flunked the first grade at Kaimukī's Liholiho Elementary. My fondest memory at Liholiho Elementary was when our teacher played the classic video cassette of 1989's Moonwalker.

At that time, I was six-years-young, and I began my luxurious amateur beatboxing days by recording my "beatboxing" on audio cassettes. I performed my "inward k snare" with my tongue, and I scat sung the synthesizer of "Badder." "Badder" is the kid version of the Michael Jackson song "Bad" featured in Moonwalker's VHS. I still have all of the recordings of me "beatboxing" from 1989 through the 1990s.

Jason Tom beatboxing on the Music With A Message "Not On Tobacco" Tour at McKinley High School.


My second attempt at first grade took place at Liliha's Kauluwela Elementary. I then attended Nuʻuanu's Kawananakoa Middle School and Downtown Honolulu's President William McKinley High School. I was one of the 1.0 to 2.0 gpa students. I worked diligently to graduate from high school on time. I barely made it. I did not let up.

I attended summer school in Kailua's Kaleheo High School to make up missed high school credits.

A US mainland teacher snail mailed me my "correspondence" assignments for other missed credits, and I'd snail mailed those assignments back for it to be graded.

I lettered in varsity soccer and judo to encourage myself to maintain a 2.0 plus gpa. I peaked at two point something.

May 2001, I graduated from McKinley High School.

McKinley High School alumnus Jason Tom lettered in varsity soccer and judo.

Jason Tom is the McKinley High School boys soccer "Mr. Hustle" Award recipient in 2001.

As a first generation college student in my family household, I failed yet again in my academic journey my fall 2001 semester at the University of Hawaiʻi at Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC) when I got placed on academic probation. I earned a B, D, D, and F. Wow!

Spring 2002, I was placed on academic suspension when I earned my D for a 1 credit elective course.

My first two semesters of college, I earned not a single "A."

Discouraged, I took a college school break and I vowed not to return until I know I will be "serious" about college.

From 2002 to 2004, I trained and competed in local judo tournaments in Northern California and Hawaiʻi.

I left judo gradually after I used my judo to save my life when I was hit by a car while I walked the crosswalk on a green light near Shobukan Judo Club and Liliha Bakery in 2004. I would learn much later I would be unknowingly triggered multiple times from the "trauma" of that 2004 car impact.

Jason Tom 2000, 2001, 2002 judo medals, and ribbon; (2004 judo trophy not pictured)

Fall 2004, I came back to KCC, and I earned my first 4.0 gpa. My game plan was to not settle, and to put in the responsibility to earn A's.

I honed time management, punctuality, perfect attendance, reading ahead, note taking.

I avoided distractions like TV, procrastination, and I often started on my college assignments early, not late.

I also decided in 2004 to go into that transition from being an amateur beatboxer to turning into the pro beatboxer people have grown up watching live and on videos today.

My two D's, and one F in 2001? I retook the classes, and through due diligence, I redeemed them all with A's.

Summer 2006, I completed the Freeman Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Intensive Mandarin Chinese program at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

In fall 2007, I earned my associates of arts degree in Liberal Arts at KCC.

Beijing Foreign Studies University


Jason Tom's associates of arts degree in Liberal Arts at KCC


Kauluwela Elementary gifts for Jason Tom performing at their Back to School Assembly!

 

Jason Tom beatboxing at Kapiʻolani Community College's Fall 2007 Talent Show with Tiny Tadani and George Higa.

 

Jason Tom - Kapiʻolani Community College Class of 2007 Alumni Profile!

 

Jason Tom Kapiʻolani Community College class of 2007 alumnus congratulated by KCC chancellor Leon Richards!


Freeman Foundation Scholarship - Jason Tom - Beijing Foreign Studies University!

Jason Tom's academic journey at Kapiʻolani Community College and beyond... 
Fall 2001: 3.0 gpa / 12 credits
*amateur beatboxer

Spring 2002: 1.0 gpa / 1 credit 
*amateur beatboxer; took a two-year college school break, moved in East Bay, Northern California while I got hired for clerical office work at a furniture warehouse, and I competed in judo tournaments before returning to Honolulu.

Fall 2004 - 4.0 gpa / 6 credits 
*professional beatboxer 

Spring 2005: 4.0 gpa / 11 credits 
*KCC Math Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader (Peer Mentor), Holomua Center math tutor, pro beatboxer 

Fall 2005: 3.75 gpa / 12 credits 
*Freeman Foundation Scholarship, Math SI Leader & math tutor, pro beatboxer 

Spring 2006: 4.0 gpa / 12 credits 
*Freeman Foundation Scholar, pro beatboxer, dormed at Tokai University 

Summer 2006: 4.0 gpa / 12 credits 
*Freeman Foundation Scholar, pro beatboxer, studied abroad at Beijing Foreign Studies University 

Fall 2006: 1.75 gpa/ 12 credits 
*Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Math SI Leader & math tutor, pro beatboxer 

Spring 2007: 2.0 gpa/ 6 credits 
*Math SI Leader & math tutor, TRIO Math notetaker, pro beatboxer 

Fall 2007: 4.0 gpa / 10 credits 
*Math SI Leader & math tutor, notetaker, pro beatboxer, enrolled in 3 credits at Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business (CEMB), & Honolulu Community College (HCC). . 

Spring 2008: 2.0 gpa/ 3 credits 
*KCC commencement, pro beatboxer, enrolled in 9 credits at CEMB, & HCC 

Fall 2008: not enrolled at KCC; enrolled in 3 credits at CEMB, & HCC, pro beatboxer 

Spring 2009 - 2.0 gpa/ 6 credits 
*pro beatboxer, enrolled in 3 credits at CEMB, and HCC


Jason Tom pictured on the Kapiʻolani Community College Fall 2007 Talent Show poster!


Kapiʻolani Community College Spring 2008 Commencement Ceremony!


Kapiʻolani Community College chancellor Leon Richards with KCC class of 2007 alumnus Jason Tom!

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