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 […]

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, […]