20 December 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Catfish and Cupcakes: Two Power Couples Bring Western Tastes to Japanese Palates

Catfish and Cupcakes: Two Power Couples Bring Western Tastes to Japanese Palates

This month’s #BlackEye, in the spirit of Kwanzaa, looks at two power couples of African descent who have focused their skills, talents and wherewithal on introducing the unique tastes of the West to Eastern palates. The Seals The Whitakers Having both launched their endeavors in 2015, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the […]

22 November 2015 ~ 3 Comments

What are the Rules Regarding the Use of the N-Word (for White People)?

What are the Rules Regarding the Use of the N-Word (for White People)?

Unfortunately, I know there are some white people who use the word with impunity. I’m not addressing those people here cuz they don’t give a damn what black people think or feel anyway. This is mostly for those white folk (and it’s been brought to my attention, Japanese folk as well) who just aren’t sure whether or not […]

13 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Yes I Am: A Biracial Japanese Boy Tackles Identity Issues–in the Classroom!

Yes I Am:  A Biracial Japanese Boy Tackles Identity Issues–in the Classroom!

There are two biracial (what the Japanese refer to as  ハーフ hafu  meaning half- Japanese, Half un-Japanese) kids in one of my first-year classes. One is half-black. The other is half-white. The half-black (to be precise, Nigerian) kid was born in, raised in and has never stepped foot out of Japan. He doesn’t speak any language aside from Japanese […]

12 November 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Call me MISTER Loco!

Call me MISTER Loco!

At the close of class, my co-worker, as is her custom, told the class to thank us…and as usual she screws it up. Something I’ve corrected her on EVERY time (except the other day). But I was back to myself yesterday! It went a little something like this: Class: Thank you Ms.Tanaka Tanaka: …and say […]

11 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Some Superfly Bad Motherfuckers

Some Superfly Bad Motherfuckers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgXFA_yP3jw”

I want to talk a little about a couple of cats who put the “bad motherfucker” in blaxploitation, and left an indelible impression not only on me and my generation, but on the entire film industry for generations to come. Like most writers, I suspect, my love of writing began with a love of the written word, […]

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 ~ 10 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 […]