21 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Americans Might be Baka, But We’re not THAT Baka!

Americans Might be Baka, But We’re not THAT Baka!

The latest #BlackEye is up! Shared some thoughts on the recent election… Here’s an excerpt: “Are you sure she’s going to win?” my Japanese co-worker seated beside me asked. I leaned over and glanced at her computer screen. I saw what had upset her. Texas’ results had just come in, and Trump had sprinted further ahead […]

16 October 2016 ~ 1 Comment

From Dakar to Tokyo: A Senegalese Musician Dances All the Way to Japan!

From Dakar to Tokyo: A Senegalese Musician Dances All the Way to Japan!

This month, Black Eye is proud to present the story of a Senegalese Muslim – who just happens to bear my namesake. He came to Japan 14 years ago, and brought the rich culture, music and dance of Senegal with him. And Japan is the better for it. Here’s a sneak peak: Baye Fall’s big break […]

18 September 2016 ~ 1 Comment

From the “Harlem of London” to the Theaters of Tokyo, One Woman’s Inspiring Journey

From the “Harlem of London” to the Theaters of Tokyo, One Woman’s Inspiring Journey

This time around, #BlackEye brings you the remarkable story of a British woman who came to Japan with little more than a plane ticket, a passport, and passion, and was able to turn that passion into a blossoming career in the Tokyo Theater. Allow me to introduce Reina! Here’s an excerpt from her inspiring story: “Originally I wanted to be an […]

14 August 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Son of Zambian Freedom Fighter Makes His Home in Japan

Son of Zambian Freedom Fighter Makes His Home in Japan

It has been brought to my attention that Black Eye has been fairly African-American-centered. Time to rectify that! A review of the articles I’ve written over the past two years reveals that, while I have tackled Jamaicans in Japan fairly extensively, and once a British woman of African descent, the rest of the people I’ve […]

29 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The First Time President Obama Spoke To Me

The First Time President Obama Spoke To Me

You know, I was sitting here thinking why has this speech, this moment, moved me so much! And I think I’ve figured it out…   Bear with me.   This was not the first homerun speech I’ve heard the President make…not even close. In fact, his greatest homerun speech was also delivered in Philadelphia back […]

20 July 2016 ~ 4 Comments

To My White and Japanese Friends (Who are not Aliens):

To My White and Japanese Friends (Who are not Aliens):

Over the past days / weeks / months / hell, years (smh) quite a number of my white (and some of my Japanese) friends, upon reading my pieces or posts regarding ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, or black feelings in general, say something to the extent of: “I sympathize with you but I can’t truly empathize because I’m not […]

17 July 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Unpacking the Question: “Are Black People Safer in Japan than in The US?”

Unpacking the Question: “Are Black People Safer in Japan than in The US?”

As a black American living in Japan, I’m often asked questions like “Are Black People safer in Japan than in the US?” or “Wouldn’t you rather be here in Japan in the throes of safety than in the US perpetually in harm’s way?” I endeavor to address this and other very complicated questions with my latest #BlackEye! […]

19 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Taking a Stand for Refugees in Japan

Taking a Stand for Refugees in Japan

Black Eye marks its two-year anniversary with the story of a refugee advocate who goes the extra mile for Asylum-seekers here in Japan. His name is Alex Easley, and his story is truly a remarkable one! Here’s an excerpt: The debate over Japan’s rock-bottom refugee recognition rate rages on. According to the Justice Ministry, out […]

02 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

On Making Manga and Taking the Show on the Road!!

On Making Manga and Taking the Show on the Road!!

You might have heard (or noticed) we reached our first goal of $5,000 for the translation of Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist.” But what you might not have noticed is: WE’RE NOT DONE!! I’m so grateful to all of you and continue to be amazed by the support flowing in to […]

26 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The #LocoLocalized Kickstarter’s a Success! Now Let’s Do Some Stretching!

The #LocoLocalized Kickstarter’s a Success! Now Let’s Do Some Stretching!

The #LocoLocalized #Kickstarter campaign is a SUCCESS! The initial goal has been REACHED! WOOHOO!! So let’s discuss stretch goals, shall we? The choices thus far are: 1- An Audio Book of “Hi! My Name is Loco…” in English (perhaps later in Japanese, as well) read by yours truly! Funds would be used for a recording studio and […]