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 […]

18 January 2016 ~ 1 Comment

A Dream Deferred?: Some Pertinent Thoughts on MLK’s Birthday

A Dream Deferred?: Some Pertinent Thoughts on MLK’s Birthday

In 1951, long before MLK made his famous, “I have a dream” speech, the great poet Langston Hughes wrote the following poem, called “Harlem”: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or […]

17 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

“Being Black Can Be More Fun Than Being Gay!”

“Being Black Can Be More Fun Than Being Gay!”

My latest #BlackEye article for the Japan Times is up! And it’s about the challenges and rewards of being Black & Gay in Japan, as well as some useful info everyone ought to know about what’s going on in the LGBT community, and what kind of support and opportunities are available. Big shout out to two gentleman, […]

08 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Loco in Yokohama featured on The Kong Show!

Loco in Yokohama featured on The Kong Show!
m.youtube.com/watch?v=u1vdrDR14SM&feature=youtu.be

Yours truly was interviewed by the man, the myth, the legend Kamasami Kong. And the results were pretty good…check it out: Here’s a link or click on pic above: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u1vdrDR14SM&feature=youtu.be Hope you enjoyed it. Loco    

05 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Doglegs: Where the Disabled Battle the Able-Bodied to Smash Stereotypes

Doglegs: Where the Disabled Battle the Able-Bodied to Smash Stereotypes
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In a renegade Tokyo pro-wrestling league called Doglegs, the disabled battle the able-bodied in the name of smashing stereotypes. After 20 years of glory, the group’s star dreams of life beyond the mat, but his mentor isn’t letting go without a fight… Set against the backdrop of this impending showdown, the film takes us on […]

29 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Kwanzaa in Yokohama

Kwanzaa in Yokohama

  Well, the first Kwanzaa in Yokohama was held the other night, 12\27, in Ishikawacho at Crib bar. It was well-attended and a success according to feedback I’ve gotten from attendees! So, yes, I’ve decided to make it an annual happening. Many of the attendees had no real prior knowledge of Kwanzaa so I wrote […]