It's been a year since Black Eye hit the streets. In that time, we've profiled provocative and accomplished people, tackled complex issues including identity crisis in Japan and the brain drain in Jamaica. We've put a major Japanese TV network on blast, and even covered the coronation and ramifications of a new "Blasian" beauty queen.

I think it's safe to say we've been getting it in! But to convey what keeps this column aloft, I have to take you back a bit, to 2006.