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Baye McNeil
The "style architect" for Jay-Z since 1994, June Ambrose sees influences of her work across the Japanese fashion landscape.
LIFE / Style & Design
May 1, 2024
June Ambrose: ‘Cultural appropriation is the best form of flattery’
Ambrose has been Jay-Z’s designated “style architect” since the billionaire started Roc-A-Fella Records back in 1994.
Maurice Shelton (left) and his lawyer Motoki Taniguchi spoke about alleged racial bias on behalf of the police at a recent press conference.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Feb 29, 2024
Making Japanese history by being Black history
Three individuals have stepped up to try and make a difference in the country we live in. They should be applauded.
Writer Baye McNeil (left) poses for a picture with Cameron Peagler, who organized the Black Gold event in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Oct 16, 2023
An OG's tips for Japan: Create beauty and don't fake your smile
Speaking at Black Gold, an event aiming to connect the Black and Japanese communities, our columnist offered seven tips to enjoying life in Japan.
Japan might change because of you or your actions, but it will not change for you.
COMMUNITY / Voices / Black Eye
Jun 19, 2023
A note to people of color interested in living in Japan
When asked about what life is like here for people of color, columnist Baye McNeil summed it up with a story about sitting on a crowded train.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Apr 24, 2023
Black people of Japan, we need to talk.
A mental health and wellness event aims to support Black residents of Japan and it's looking to expand in the coming months.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Feb 6, 2023
Through good times and bad, the community you create will be your lifeline
What would Tyre Nichols' life had been like if he were living in Japan? It's a sad thought to imagine at this point, but a question worth asking nonetheless.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Dec 29, 2022
Answers in 2022 encouraged activism, recommended books and provided advice
The 20 Questions section discusses people's experiences of Japan in their own words. As we emerge from the pandemic, an underlying theme in 2022 was fighting for change.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Feb 28, 2022
Here’s hoping our better angels can persist beyond Black History Month
Just because Black History Month technically ends on Feb. 28, it doesn't mean your education needs to stop.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / 20 QUESTIONS
Feb 7, 2022
Biankah Bailey: ‘Poetry speaks to the heart of society as it exists from moment to moment’
During Black History Month, writer Biankah Bailey has worked with the Tokyo Poetry Journal to produce 'Umoja,' a book featuring the work of Black creatives.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Feb 1, 2022
A photographer to the stars takes up in Tokyo
There are billions of unique individuals in the world. Matthew Jordan Smith says if you want to stand out as a photographer, you need to fine-tune your vision.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jan 14, 2022
The Tokyo Bar Association needs our help to understand racial profiling in Japan
The Tokyo Bar Association has put together a multilingual questionnaire to try and find answers on how suspected racial profiling affects the non-Japanese community.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Sep 27, 2021
You can’t feign ignorance in a connected world
The lecture circuit is its own thing, but you can give your own presentations on a smaller scale and still have an impact.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Jul 5, 2021
Dealing with discrimination? Mental health suffering? Let's make the time to talk.
Baye McNeil has a chat with Mark Bookman in which the pair discuss their experiences regarding mental health amid the pandemic as visible minorities in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Jan 18, 2021
Let's take stock on the progress we've made this Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a good day to look back on how we've progressed and plan how we'll continue to move forward.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / BLACK EYE
Sep 7, 2020
Naomi Osaka is the role model that Japan needs right now
The tennis champ's power lies in her ability to bring the discussion about Black Lives Matter to the country she represents, Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jun 10, 2020
'No justice, no peace': The sentiment that resonates in America, Japan and all over the world
The mainstream Japanese media continues to mess up on issues of race. It's time for a new generation of talking heads.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Jan 23, 2020
Hoping for a Japanese society in which all of its members can shine
Black Eye columnist Baye McNeil opens the new year with an email from a reader that illustrates the importance of language in dealing with multiracial individuals.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Dec 16, 2019
The push for change in the 2010s: The first step is recognizing the problem
Japanese companies have been waking up to the idea that offending some of their customers might be bad for business.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Nov 3, 2019
Despite what you see online, strive to be 'anti-yappari'
A video of an altercation in a Starbucks involving a black man, Japanese staff and a non-Japanese bystander will likely further nasty stereotypes.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / BLACK EYE
Sep 30, 2019
Say bad thing, read boilerplate apology: Japan, we can do better
A joke about her skin hasn't bothered Naomi Osaka, but there are broader ramifications from such kind of comedy.

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