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28 June 2015 ~ 2 Comments

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

The plan was to spend Saturday 6/27 (my birthday) lecturing at Waseda University (a Japanese Ivy League school). The students were assigned stories I’d written in my books and for the Japan Times about Haafu (half-Japanese) folk in Japan. I was wondering how could I make the subject more compelling when an idea struck me! As much […]

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22 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Japanese Woman who Influenced Black Eye’s Conception and Inspires its Survival!

The Japanese Woman who Influenced Black Eye’s Conception and Inspires its Survival!

It’s been a year since Black Eye hit the streets. In that time, we’ve profiled provocative and accomplished people, tackled complex issues including identity crisis in Japan and the brain drain in Jamaica. We’ve put a major Japanese TV network on blast, and even covered the coronation and ramifications of a new “Blasian” beauty queen. […]

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27 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Basking in the Afterglow of Normalcy

Basking in the Afterglow of Normalcy

The other day when I wrote about the old woman who made my morning by being friendly and fear-free (and how that reminded me of the coolest senior on this island, Mrs. Betty), I neglected to mention something noteworthy that occurred following that meeting. As I walked away from the woman and continued on my […]

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26 May 2015 ~ Comments Off on How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings

How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings

How to Avoid Stepping in Pigeonhole Droppings
http://youtu.be/rI58sRRW-wE

…or sitting in it, as it were.     …or rather avoiding confirming Stereotypes. When planning lessons for my kids these days, I automatically make every effort to avoid or dispel stereotypes and / or illustrate the universality of certain ideas and behaviors that often get asserted here as gaijin staples…not to mention those that […]

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23 May 2015 ~ 2 Comments

What are the Keys to Success for Black / Japanese Couples?

What are the Keys to Success for Black / Japanese Couples?

Looking for (at least) four couples who are ok with being featured in a future piece I’m working on for Japan Times about building successful relationships in Japan. Looking for  Black Women married to Japanese Men and Black Men married to Japanese Women, with or without children, newlyweds or veterans, but preferably should be currently […]

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22 May 2015 ~ 6 Comments

This Shyness Business

This Shyness Business

The premise of “When in Rome…” is that the subject is adapting to the new place by choice, and that there are a number of traits that one willingly and consciously absorbs into their being and embraces. Generally these are the aspects of that new culture that one holds in some esteem (and sometimes the […]

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21 May 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Too Old to be Afraid

Too Old to be Afraid

So, I’m on my way to work, walking down the street, when I see an old woman coming my way. More than the kids and the adults, I love the elderly in Japan. The very elderly, too old to be afraid of anybody, way past the foolish notions most people hear have running around their […]

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17 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

How are these Black Filmmakers Making it Happen in Japan?

How are these Black Filmmakers Making it Happen in Japan?

  This month’s Black Eye is focused on the creativity and accomplishments of 4 black filmmakers plying their art in Japan. Their theories on and paths to success vary and their stories are fascinating and inspiring. Here’s an excerpt: “His latest, “Stay,” is centered around a recovering drug addict — a Japanese junkie seeking a modicum of forgiveness […]

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15 May 2015 ~ 5 Comments

Touristization

Touristization

The following convo took place this morning with one of my co-workers. He was showing me pictures of his trip to a famous shrine. Co-worker: …and this is a Japanese shrine. Me: oh, nice! Co-worker: And here we stopped for lunch at this Japanese noodle house. Me: Cool. What did you eat? CW: We had […]

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19 April 2015 ~ 13 Comments

My Interview with the Reigning Miss Universe Japan

My Interview with the Reigning Miss Universe Japan

My latest article is up on the Japan Times website, a chat with the reigning Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto. Check it out! Here’s an excerpt: Her name has lit up social media like the constellations since her coronation. Black media can’t stop talking about her. To many, she is yet another global validation of black […]

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