20 March 2015 ~ 4 Comments

On Discussing Race with Baristas at Starbucks in Yokohama

On Discussing Race with Baristas at Starbucks in Yokohama

Recently Starbucks has given a directive to its employees to discuss race with customers. If the Starbucks in Yokohama start talking about race with customers, I imagine the convos would go something like this:   Me: Chai Latte please. Staff: OK…BTW, Aren’t you glad you’re in Japan now where you don’t have to worry about […]

18 March 2015 ~ 4 Comments

A Minstrel Show Ends and a Black faced Beauty Ascends

A Minstrel Show Ends and a Black faced Beauty Ascends

My latest column for The Japan Times is up! And it’s literally a beauty!   Here’s an excerpt: “Editing out the offending portions of the show saved Japan from the PR equivalent of being thrown like raw meat to a pack of ravenous carnivores — namely, the international media. It would have been extremely bad […]

08 March 2015 ~ 9 Comments

バンザイ! / Triumphant!

バンザイ! / Triumphant!

***Look Below English for Japanese Version *** Dear Friends: So as you probably know by now, Fuji-TV has, at least for now, joined our team, the #stopblackfacejapan #日本でブラックフェイスやめて team…and it’s a beautiful thing. But, while I’m sure our petition and voices played a part in this decision, I really can’t say definitively we were the deciding factor. […]

23 February 2015 ~ 2 Comments

日本人25人が「Blackface」についてこれを書きました / 25 Japanese People Speak their Minds on Blackface

日本人25人が「Blackface」についてこれを書きました / 25 Japanese People Speak their Minds on Blackface

※日本語訳は下にあります。 One of the biggest (and silliest) criticisms of this petition effort (primarily by westerners) is that it is an example of Americans trying to force the overactive sensibilities of their PC state on the un-racialized and oblivious Japanese (which is an insult I think.) Not to invalidate that argument completely but to address it […]

22 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

1000+ People Have Spoken: FUJI-TV – The World is Now Watching YOU !

1000+ People Have Spoken: FUJI-TV – The World is Now Watching YOU !

No, my partner Amber and I are not popping champagne…cuz we’ve a long way to go still. But we gotta admit that we’re very gratified to know that in a mere 36 hours…   over 1000 people, Japanese and non-Japanese alike, have agreed that putting this foolishness:   …in the Japanese national spotlight, is a bad idea for […]

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 […]