22 April 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Am I Black or White, Am I Straight or Gay?

Am I Black or White, Am I Straight or Gay?

The first song I ever heard of his was “Controversy”. It was a hit! Everyone was talking about the guy. Always the lover of words, I got him immediately! “Am I black or white, am I straight or gay? Controversy.” “Do I believe in God? Do I believe in me? Some people wanna die so they can be […]

06 April 2016 ~ 2 Comments

12 Years A Slave An Expat

12 Years <del>A Slave</del> An Expat

This week marks my 12th Anniversary of living in Japan. Most of that dozen years has been better than I could have imagined. Some of it has been trying, but I don’t regret a moment of it. My first days in Japan were memorable and I recorded much of it in my first book. This […]

28 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Hanami: A Celebration of the Cycles of life…with Cherry Blossoms!

Hanami: A Celebration of the Cycles of life…with Cherry Blossoms!

Spring is a time of  renewal, rebirth and re-invigoration.  The blossoming of Cherry Blossoms symbolizes this in a most awesome spectacle. All winter you see these trees looking eerily derelict, for in your mind you know what they’re capable of in their fullest glory; how they will look come late March, early April. I’ve never […]

20 March 2016 ~ 1 Comment

American Playwright to Introduce REAL Slave Narratives to Japanese Theatergoers

American Playwright to Introduce REAL Slave Narratives to Japanese Theatergoers

My latest #BlackEye article for the Japan Times is up! And it’s all about this gentleman, Wendell T. Harrison and his efforts to bring to share with Japanese the actual words of former slaves. The stage is being set in Tokyo for what’s sure to be an event to remember! Here’s a clip from the story: […]

12 March 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Is Race Real?

Is Race Real?

Brief video on the concept of race and some background on its origin.   What do you guys think? Loco

11 March 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Thirty Minutes After the Tohoku Earthquake

Thirty Minutes After the Tohoku Earthquake

So, 3/11/11, 30 minutes after the most devastating earthquake in recent history, and certainly the worst since I’d been living in Japan, I walked out of that café I suspected was going to become a tomb any moment, crossed the street and went into Kikuna station. I figured the trains would be stopped and they were. […]

21 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Is It Possible You’re Making History?

Is It Possible You’re Making History?

My latest #BlackEye article for the Japan Times is up! And it’s appropriately about Black History Month, the reason for it, the need for it, and how it came to be in the US, Canada and the U.K., as well as some thoughts on how it plays out here in Japan. check it the column HERE   […]

19 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

イイ天気ですね!

イイ天気ですね!

It’s such a beautiful day today. Something about days like this make me want to commune with everyone I see. Nothing extravagant. Just establish a momentary bond with people, a co-acknowledgement that we have come through yet again all that winter signifies, and are headed towards all that spring promises. I’ve done this spontaneously my […]

19 January 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Black people are like Japanese People

Black people are like Japanese People

I was kicking it with a Japanese friend of mine today in Yokohama. The convo went a little something like this: Japanese Friend: I saw a story on TV about Martin Luther King. Me: Oh yeah? JF: Yeah. He was such a great man. Me: True. JF: He did so much for black people. Me: […]

19 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

A Version of Genocide…in Flint, Michigan? Hell yes!

A Version of Genocide…in Flint, Michigan?  Hell yes!

  Regarding Governor Snyder premeditated actions resulting in the majority black city of Flint getting its drinking water from a polluted  and poisonous source as a cost-saving measure,  Michael Moore tweeted last month: “This is a racial killing. Flint MI is 60% black. When u knowingly poison a black city, u r committing a version of genocide […]