22 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Let’s Shut ‘Em Down: Fuji-TV’s Blackface Minstrel Show

Let’s Shut ‘Em Down: Fuji-TV’s Blackface Minstrel Show

※日本語訳は下にあります。 I think Public Enemy said it best! And they are right! Together we can shut ’em down, y’all Already bagged 300 signatures in one day…and we’re just getting started! ****** In case you’re wondering what the issue is, what needs to be shut down, it’s these guys and gals:   Blackface and Minstrelsy are […]

18 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Are Blackface Minstrel Shows OK in Japan?

Are Blackface Minstrel Shows OK in Japan?

Back in 2000, filmmaker Spike Lee wrote and directed a satirical film, called Bamboozled, about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the fall-out from the show’s surprising success. I thought it was one of his best films for it tackled serious subject matter using wit, humor and expertly utilized this tragic […]

14 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

On NOT Effing Black Kids’ Minds Up in Japan!

On NOT Effing Black Kids’ Minds Up in Japan!

Here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, on the efforts of an NPO in Japan to make a difference in the lives of black teens in the States. Enjoy! First an excerpt:   A couple of years back I was approached by one of AAYTP’s co-founders, Ella McCann, about joining their ranks in […]

17 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How has the Brain Drain in Jamaica Benefited Japan?

How has the Brain Drain in Jamaica Benefited Japan?

Here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, the last part of a three-part series on Jamaicans living in Japan. Last month we heard from the women, this time around we hear what the gentleman have to say about Japan! Here’s an excerpt: When asked for his thoughts on the brain drain, John expressed concern. “The Japanese government […]

11 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A Posse of Posers and Pussies

A Posse of Posers and Pussies

In a fucking nutshell! Post by Cenk Uygur. (click link or pic above to see segment) I would write about this now but I’ve got my hands filled with deadlines. Just wanted to share it. Thanks Cenk. Wasn’t a big fan before but I might have to give TYT another look. Besides it’s nice when […]

11 December 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Things Are Gonna Get Easier

Things Are Gonna Get Easier

Just received a rather heartwarming letter from a reader…thought I’d share it with you guys. Subject: Thank you for what you do! Dear Baye, I “discovered” you yesterday on Amazon when I was searching for books to understand racism in Japan. I am halfway through your first book, and after browsing a little of your blog […]

09 December 2014 ~ 2 Comments

I Can’t Breathe: Thoughts on the Silent March for Mike, Part 2!

I Can’t Breathe: Thoughts on the Silent March for Mike, Part 2!
http://youtu.be/LIudaUKJL2k

Continued from part 1 HERE It was dubbed: Silent March for Mike – マイクブラウンの抗議運動 #HANDSUP and was organized and executed by representatives from the African American Youth Travel program (AAYTP) a non-profit organization (NPO) based in Japan, comprised of an international team of dedicated individuals who volunteer their time and resources to broaden the horizons of […]

07 December 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Execution, Exoneration, Protest / Unrest, Repeat: Thoughts on the Silent March for Mike, Part 1!

Execution, Exoneration, Protest / Unrest, Repeat: Thoughts on the Silent March for Mike, Part 1!

Yesterday I did something I hadn’t done in a long time…I took to the streets with the people and protested against injustice! In my first book, “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” I described my first protest march in detail. I will excerpt it here for those of you who haven’t […]

28 November 2014 ~ 2 Comments

A Special Ferguson Edition of Black Eye

A Special Ferguson Edition of Black Eye

In honor of Michael Brown, I’ve done a special edition of Black Eye and shared some thoughts on Ferguson’s impact here in Japan. Here’s an excerpt: “And while these jurors deliberated, the nation waited with bated breath and fingers crossed — well, some did, anyway. Others waited with fingers clasped in prayer, some with ink-smudged fingers from […]

24 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Open Letter to Readers of Black Eye

Open Letter to Readers of Black Eye

Dear Readers:      Have you left a comment on the “Black Eye” ? If not, take a minute and do so, will ya? And know that every time you do (or don’t) you’re sending a message to the Japan Times (and its readers) that these are (or aren’t) the kind of articles you’d like to continue to […]