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News, discussion and opinion on various topics or issues related to the past and current history and culture of the Black Diaspora.

Hapa and Black Asian Identity

Here is an interesting post that examines Black Asians and identity by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, a Japanese/American multicultural psychologist and author. “Are Hapa White Asian Americans? Some people seem to think hapa means white Asian American, even though it originally refers to Hawaiian mixtures and is not confined to hapa haole. I never had that impression myself,… Keep Reading

White Out

I recently came across this blog discussing racism and privilege in America, in particular, how both played a part in the Trayvon Martin murder and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman. The writer, pictured above, is from the same neighborhood as Martin, has this to say about her blog and about the case: Gone Agape is a… Keep Reading

The Blackface Wedding

Hyogo Prefecture stretches across Japan’s main island of Honshu, from the Inland Sea to the Sea of Japan. Containing the suburbs of Osaka, the country’s second largest city, and those of Kobe, a busy seaport of 1.5 million residents, Hyogo is neither the inaka (the deep countryside), nor the cosmopolitan central wards of Tokyo. So,… Keep Reading

Hair Care in Japan: PBE Co., Ltd.

  Introducing P.B.E. (Professional Braids Extension Company, LTD.). A Tokyo-based salon with an international staff that speaks English, Japanese and French. Please call TEL:03-3371-4777 or mobile:090-4524-8408 for additional information and reservations! View the PBE website and styles gallery via the links below: View Women’s styles here. View Men’s style here. View Children’s styles here. View the photo and… Keep Reading

Yasuke, the Black Samurai

Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a black page who served as his bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai. Keep Reading

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