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 […]

19 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

An Important Message to People Afraid to Come to Japan!

An Important Message to People Afraid to Come to Japan!
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1-Check out the video Here! When you’re done leave a comment, let Sharla know what you think, share it, subscribe to Sharla’s channels, and all that good stuff! And spread the word far and wide: Japan is nothing to be afraid of!   2- The Definitive Icebreaker Well, we’re one week into the campaign now and more […]

15 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

My Wife’s Parents Disown Her Cause She Married a Black Man!

My Wife’s Parents Disown Her Cause She Married a Black Man!

…but the tale doesn’t end there. There’s so much more to this gentleman’s story than that! And I truly believe he’s one of the most fortunate men I’ve met since I’ve come to Japan! My latest piece for #BlackEye is up! Here’s an excerpt from the piece: “When my wife had gone to see her parents to […]