17 December 2012 ~ 12 Comments

Memoir on Living in Japan as a Black Man listed in 10 Best Black Books of 2012!!

I have some news:    

Here’s the press release:

Memoir on Living in Japan as a Black Man listed as Top 10 Best Black Books of 2012!! 

lococover1“Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist”, the critically acclaimed memoir by author Baye McNeil, is one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2012, according to acclaimed syndicated book and film critic Kam Williams who released his annual list this week.

“This book is a really remarkable and thought-provoking memoir about a sensitive soul’s most unlikely route to a life-changing epiphany about the true meaning of racial tolerance,” says Williams. “McNeil takes us on a most unorthodox path to discovering, confronting and eradicating he racism he found within himself..”

This book has been dubbed by readers, “one of the most honest, passionate, engaging and best written books about life in modern Japan for non-Japanese of any race,”

McNeil was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York where some of his earliest encounters with racism were as a child of the Pan-African/Black Power Movement. As an elementary student at a Progressive Pro-Black Family School in the 1970s, between Swahili studies and Black History courses, his school’s hands-on approach to “social studies” often placed him and his classmates, placards in hand, on the frontlines of protest marches, boycotts and demonstrations against everything from police brutality and shootings of unarmed black children in New York to apartheid in South Africa and corporate-sponsored civil war in Angola.

In the early 80s the author was a teen member of a notorious urban cult which touted black superiority in a volatile community fraught with racial tension, and whose membership rolls held such illustrious names as Rakim, Queen Latifah, Method Man, and Big Daddy Kane.

The author then takes readers on a scintillating and informative journey through the heart and soul of America as a U.S. Armysigning soldier, which he characterized as “a propaganda pressure cooker” yet “a brilliant way to address racial ignorance,” and then back to New York for a bout with corporate bigotry as a university student in Brooklyn. It was at university that he experiences something so surprising and soul-rocking that it will racially alter the course of his life forever. At least, he thought so…then came Japan.

Prompted by his mind-altering experiences in the land of the rising sun, McNeil uses anecdotes and insights from both his youth and his years in Japan to illustrate the insidious nature of racism, and the dangers of responding to it with apathy. In what the author describes as “a universal call to arms,” he urges readers to reconsider how they view racism. He warns that “if racism continues to be demonized as a dark aberration that only evil people, ignorant fools, or people lacking common decency are subject to, then it will remain at large, hiding in plain sight, in our schools, offices, carpools, living rooms and sometimes even in the mirror.”

“Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” is available in both Trade Paperback and E-book versions on Amazon.com, fr, de, uk, es, it, ca, as well as Amazon.jp, barnesandnoble.com, The Book Depository, and at many other online outlets where books are sold.


Recognition is nice, sometimes!

Especially when you’ve toiled over a project of a personal nature for public consumption for years and someone you respect a great deal says: “You know what? You’ve done a damn good job here.” It kinda makes all the trials and tribulations, heartache and pain necessary to complete the project worthwhile…you know?

Thanks guys for all the support over 2012, a very trying year of transition.

Let’s hope 2013 will be equally challenging and rewarding!


PS: Please share the press release with your friends and followers if you have a chance! Help me spread the word! Thanks in advance…

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12 Responses to “Memoir on Living in Japan as a Black Man listed in 10 Best Black Books of 2012!!”

  1. April 17 December 2012 at 11:42 am Permalink

    Hi Loco! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I love your writing! You have such great skill and I love everything you have written. I recently bought your book and am in the process of reading it. Thank you for your insight and I look forward to your posts. ありがとう!

    • Locohama 17 December 2012 at 12:53 pm Permalink

      Hi April! こちらこそ Thanks for the shout, the support and the props! Hope you enjoy the book and drop a review once you’re done, like or not.

  2. Kathleen Ellis 17 December 2012 at 12:15 pm Permalink

    Excellent choice! Congrats on the well-deserved recognition!

    • Locohama 17 December 2012 at 12:51 pm Permalink

      Thanks you kathleen! Much obliged

  3. Jamaipanese 17 December 2012 at 12:42 pm Permalink

    congrats Loco!

    • Locohama 17 December 2012 at 12:50 pm Permalink

      Thanks sir!

  4. kathryn 17 December 2012 at 4:50 pm Permalink

    Congratulations. Although went I first saw the title, I thought you meant Black Books like the TV show 🙂

    • Locohama 17 December 2012 at 5:25 pm Permalink

      Thanks Kathryn! And good luck with your project as well. Bought your erotica book today and will dive in during the holiday! Anyone else wanna check it out, here’s a link:

      • kathryn 17 December 2012 at 8:53 pm Permalink

        Thanks for the shout out 😀

        So, who’s going to play you in the film?

        • Locohama 18 December 2012 at 7:55 pm Permalink

          I’d like to see Jeffrey Wright or Cuba Gooding Jr. or maybe even Don Cheadle might work, but knowing hollywood it’ll probably be Chris Tucker or Martin Lawrence lol And don’t let it get produced by a Japanese company…they’d probably get Bobby Olagun or Bob Sapp or Billy (of Billy’s boot camp fame) to be Loco, or maybe Ken Watanabe in black face. (-;

  5. kamo 17 December 2012 at 6:46 pm Permalink

    Congratulations man. Fully deserved.

    At this rate you’ll have the film rights sold in no time and can finally pack the teaching in and write full time. Hopefully…

    • Locohama 17 December 2012 at 6:49 pm Permalink

      Thanks Kamo! You’ve read my mind (but I guess I must have mentioned that ambition at least once lol)

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