30 October 2015 ~ 5 Comments

Happy 7th Anniversary, Loco in Yokohama!

Happy 7th Anniversary, Loco in Yokohama!

It was back in October 2008 that I first launched this enterprise known as Loco in Yokohama. Can’t believe 7 years have passed. And nearly a thousand posts, averaging upwards of 800 words each. Just thinking about it awes me. The things we can do when we don’t think too much about what we’re doing until it’s done. A […]

25 October 2015 ~ 9 Comments

“Can I Say ‘Nigger’?”

“Can I Say ‘Nigger’?”

So, I’m at the Japan Writers Conference yesterday fiending for some caffeine. So I’m headed for the coffee table to cop a cup of Joe when I spot another black person (that made two) standing in front of the table fixing himself a cup. I hesitated for the briefest of moments before going over there. […]

25 October 2015 ~ 9 Comments

The “Let’s Fuck with a Foreigner” Show

The “Let’s Fuck with a Foreigner” Show

So, I get off the Shinkansen at Shin-Kobe station at 9am and I make my way to the subway, kinda decompressing from the long bullet train ride, excited to be in a new city and anxious about my presentation scheduled for that afternoon. As I make my way up the escalator I notice that people […]

18 October 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Dan’s The Man Sitting With the Big Shots!

Dan’s The Man Sitting With the Big Shots!

The latest #BlackEye is up and this month we focus on a gentleman who I can say is a role model of mine here in Japan. The man came here with little and built an thriving career, step by step. I interviewed him about how he was able to do it. Here’s an excerpt from what […]

14 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Two Black Leaders We’ve Stupidly Thrown Under The Bus!

Two Black Leaders We’ve Stupidly Thrown Under The Bus!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2U63fXBlFo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

In my home office back in NY, I had a number of posters on my wall. Most were of ideas or people who inspired and motivated me; you know, pithy quotes like “Teach, don’t preach” and “Carpe diem!” At the time, I only had two people whose activities and accomplishments in the political arena prompted […]

05 October 2015 ~ 3 Comments

An ex-Con, an ex-Pimp, a Black Panther and a Message from God

An ex-Con, an ex-Pimp, a Black Panther and a Message from God

I started collecting Marvel Comic books when I was about 8. My first ambition in life was to be a motor man on a train, but soon tabled that dream and shot for the stars: I decided I would be Spider Man. And not later in life…far as I was concerned, I was ready already. I’d cut […]

01 October 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Man, You Come Right Outtavah Comic Book!

Man, You Come Right Outtavah Comic Book!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIjqKzhmNic]

Seven-year old me sat in a rat infested cat patrolled theatre with my brothers, eating stale popcorn and sipping watery sprite, watching Chinese men have their eyes ripped from the sockets by other Chinese guys and having the time of my short life! It was my first foray into the genre with the misnomer karate […]

20 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“Don’t Sell Your Soul For A Japanese Man…”

“Don’t Sell Your Soul For A Japanese Man…”

So says Rashidat Amanda Oumiya, the lovely subject of the third (and last…for now) instalment in my black women married to Japanese men, raising biracial children series for my column, BLACK EYE in the Japan Times. BTW if you haven’t read the first and second instalments, they’re must reads! Here are the links: Part 1: Women of Color Bound To […]

18 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Radiant Ariana Miyamoto Knows How To Keep a Secret!

The Radiant Ariana Miyamoto Knows How To Keep a Secret!

As I mentioned in my brand new Locohama Newsletter, today’s issue of Metropolis Magazine features an interview and photo shoot with Miss Universe Japan,  Ariana Miyamoto— my first cover story!  First of many I hope! In it she tackles subjects like how she’s preparing for the international competition, why she doesn’t feel she needs to compensate for […]

17 September 2015 ~ 5 Comments

What’s it like to be “Black” in Japan?

What’s it like to be “Black” in Japan?

New video by Rachel and Jun. Well done guys!! About this video, I will say this though: the black male experience in Japan is vastly different from the black female experience (as is the case in the US and other places as well…notice the vast majority of cop shootings are of black males…we are truly the […]