16 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What The Hell is Going On in Yokohama???

What The Hell is Going On in Yokohama???
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Well, here’s one way to find out: You can SUBSCRIBE to my brand new Newsletter. That’s right! Finally, I’ve done it! I’m calling it: Locohama I will endeavor to make it a source (and resource) of not only information related to my own activities here in Yokohama, but to the many other content creators, news makers […]

04 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Grits and Sushi: Musings on Okinawa and Blackness

Grits and Sushi: Musings on Okinawa and Blackness

Well, you knew it was coming, and now it’s here: my FIRST piece for Metropolis Magazine will hit the streets tomorrow morning (September 4th)!! I’ve written a feature on a very inspiring and brilliant (not to mention beautiful) young woman named Mitzi Uehara Carter. She has dedicated her mind and energy to giving voice to and telling […]

27 August 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Guess Who’ll be Presenting at the Japan Writers Conference?

Guess Who’ll be Presenting at the Japan Writers Conference?

Well, it’s officially official! Yours truly is on the Program! Yep, I’ll be doing a presentation at the Japan Writers’ Conference on Saturday, October 24th at 2pm in Kobe Japan! If you’re a writer (or would like to be one someday), and would like to attend an annual gathering of English language writers, translators, editors, and […]

23 August 2015 ~ 4 Comments

‘Are you serious, God? An Asian dude? Really???’

‘Are you serious, God? An Asian dude? Really???’

My latest article for Black Eye is up! In my continuing efforts to give the black experience here in Japan its due, here is the 2nd instalment on black women finding love, home, and happiness here in japan, and building families with Japanese beaus and biracial children. This month I focus the Black Eye on Tara […]

28 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

One-on-One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​

One-on-One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​

One on One: The Interview with Baye McNeil​ via Metropolis Magazine​     Here’s a link to catch the full (30 minute) version: http://metropolisjapan.com/podcast-one-on-one-baye-mcneil/ Here’s a a lnk to the edited (20 minute) version: http://metropolisjapan.com/podcast-metropolis-on-air-3/   PS: Signup for my Locohama Newsletter to be kept up on all the fascinating things going on in this part of the world, […]

21 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Baye McNeil氏によるワークショップを実施しました

Baye McNeil氏によるワークショップを実施しました

グローバル教育センターでは、7月15日(水)に市ケ谷キャンパスGラウンジにて、「異なる背景を持つ人々との 共生」をテーマとしたワークショップを開催しました。 ゲストスピーカーとして、ニューヨーク・ブルックリン出身で、現在、日本を拠点にコラムニスト・作家として活躍しておられるBaye McNeil氏をお迎えし、ご本人の実体験に基づく講演とグループワークを実施しました。 「グローバル化が急速に進む中、異なる背景を持つ人々との共生をどのように実現するのか?」日本人が持つ海外への先入観や外国人の日本に対する思い込みについて、グループごとに率直なディスカッションを行い、「アメリカ人ならハンバーガーが好きに違いない」、「日本人はいつも着物を着ている」など様々な意見が出る中、そのようなイメージはどのように生まれるのか、また、先入観や思い込み無しに異なる背景を持つ人々とどうコミュニケーションを取るのかについて活発な意見交換を行いました。 参加した学生たちは熱心に講演に聞き入り、グループワークでも積極的にそれぞれの意見を出し合い英語で発表するなど、終始笑いと学びの絶えないワークショップとなりました。今後、グローバル人材として異なる背景を持つ人々と共生するために、必要な考え方や態度を学ぶきっかけとなったことでしょう。 https://www.facebook.com/hosei.university.global

19 July 2015 ~ 5 Comments

Black Women on Japanese Beaus, Biracial Kids and Winning in Japan!

Black Women on Japanese Beaus, Biracial Kids and Winning in Japan!

My latest article for Black Eye is out! So many of my friends back home have asked what’s it like for the Sisters over here…well I’ve started a series to answer just that! Here’s PART ONE of my in depth look into sisters finding love, building homes, families and communities and living productive lives in Japan! Please check […]

16 July 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Why is Reducing your Presumptions a Good Thing?

Why is Reducing your Presumptions a Good Thing?

Yesterday I did a workshop at Hosei University in Tokyo on this very subject, and it went very well. The students were engaged, thoughtful and articulate. I want to think the aministration at Hosei University, particularly, Mr. Okita, Mrs. Taji and Mr. Yanagawa to help organize this workshop and help it run smoothly. You guys […]

08 July 2015 ~ 68 Comments

An Open Letter to Japanese People from Black Men (日本人の皆んなさんへの黒人からの手紙)

An Open Letter to Japanese People from Black Men  (日本人の皆んなさんへの黒人からの手紙)

The following is a guest post from a fellow black man living in Japan who goes by the name of Miles Star. I like what he has to say. I thought, since it’s in Japanese as well, I’d get my Japanese friends to take a peek and share their thoughts on it. I also thought […]

28 June 2015 ~ 4 Comments

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

How I Got to Spend My Birthday with Miss Universe Japan!

The plan was to spend Saturday 6/27 (my birthday) lecturing at Waseda University (a Japanese Ivy League school). The students were assigned stories I’d written in my books and for the Japan Times about Haafu (half-Japanese) folk in Japan. I was wondering how could I make the subject more compelling when an idea struck me! As much […]