LGBTQ+ Activism: Fruits in Suits Japan

October 11, 2018

Executive Director of Fruits in Suits (FinS) Japan and social entrepreneur, Loren Fykes, shares his journey to becoming a LGBTQ+ activist. FinS Japan is Japan's largest LGBTQ+ business professionals network association. Learn how Loren and other members are working together to make changes for their community. 

Loren's info:

Fruits in Suits Japan (website)

Fruits in Suits Tokyo (Facebook Group)

@FinS Tokyo (Twitter)

Hometown- Flint, Michigan

 

Featured music by dance choreographer and producer Koppi Mizrahi. Song title: "32 Flavors of Vogue"

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A Story Worth Telling in Japan

September 25, 2018

Darryl Wharton-Rigby, an award-winning film director, joins us to talk about his second feature film “Stay”, which centers around two young lovers; Ryuu, a Japanese man who is a recovering drug addict and Hope, an American woman trying to “find herself” in the Tokyo nightclub scene.

Darryl also shares his experiences working with some of America’s most prominent actors in film and television. 

Darryl’s info:

http://www.filmsnoirfilms.com/

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Hometown - Baltimore, Maryland

 

Featured music by DJ/producer Steffen Yoshiki. Song title: "Narcolepsy 2.0"

 

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Why I’m Renouncing My U.S. Citizenship

September 11, 2018

HR professional and ex-American, Henry Moreland Seals, recently became a Japanese citizen. Henry joins us in the streets of Akihabara (Tokyo) to tell us why he's renouncing his U.S. citizenship. 

Henry's info:

Seals Improvement Seminars (Facebook) 

Tokyo Black Professionals (Facebook)

Hometown - Charleston, West Virginia

 

Featured music by Streetiebaby. Song title: "War"

 

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The Blunt Truth

August 31, 2018

Foreign Attorney (Barrister-at-law), Ian Davis, joins us in the mobile man cave on a sweltering summer day in Tokyo. Ian enlightens us on what he calls an "archaic" Japanese judicial system, which discriminates against foreigners -- especially if you're from certain countries. 

Ian's info:

Hometown - Mandeville, Jamaica

 

Featured music by Afrodyty. Song title: "Sweat"

 

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Something From Nothing

August 17, 2018

Brooklyn Terry, one of five members of Elite Force, a legendary dance crew from NYC, gives us his perspective on the influence of hip hop and urban culture in America and around the world. Terry is a longtime resident of Tokyo, where he teaches urban dance (and also travels outside of Japan to teach), works as a DJ, and runs a monthly dance party event called Speakeasy TYO.

Brooklyn Terry's info:

NDS X Brooklyn Bomber Dance Studio (Website)

Speakeasy TYO (Facebook)

@SpeakeasyTYO (Instagram)

@brooklynterryef (Instagram)

Hometown - Brooklyn, NYC

 

Featured music by Rhyming Gaijin. Song title: "I Come From America"

 

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Curating the Scene: Fashion, Art & Music

August 4, 2018

Photographer Owen Rogers went from capturing nightlife and music shows in NYC to curating vibrant events in the metropolis of Tokyo. In this episode, we learn about Owen's biggest inspirations, the creative collective Tokyo FAM (Fashion, Art, and Music), and his thoughts on Japanese art making its influence on pop and urban culture in America.

Owen's info:

iamowenrogers.com (website)

iamowenrogers (Instagram)

Tokyo FAM (Instagram)

Hometown - Harlem, NYC

 

Featured music by DJ & Producer Frankie $. Song title: "Ukiyo"

 

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Jaden Smith, Robot Funerals, & Fukushima

July 20, 2018

Cinematographer and Director, Ivan Kovac, joins us to talk about his award-winning documentary “Alone in the Zone” and more of his stellar work, which includes a documentary about robot funerals (in Japan) and music videos he worked on in Tokyo for American actor and musician, Jaden Smith.

Ivan's info:

Alone In the Zone (Documentary)

Hometown - Sydney, Australia 

 

Featured music by the melancholy pop band The Ocean and I

Song title: "Pacific"

 

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The Almonte Films: Blacks and Asians

July 6, 2018

Almonte, the founder and creator of The Almonte Films, visits Tokyo for the first time to work on one of his latest projects; a non-profit documentary about the relationships between Blacks and Asians. 

Almonte's info:
thealmontefilms.com 
@thealmontefilms (on all social media) 

Help Almonte Fund a Non-Profit Documentary!

Hometown - Harlem, NYC 

 

Featured music by hip hop artist Antarius. Song title:  "Zenshinwa" (全身和) 

 

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Osaka vs Tokyo

June 22, 2018

Fellow podcaster, Ayana, tells us why she created a podcast titled "Kurly in Kansai" (with co-host Alyse), as well as the "Black Creatives Japan" Facebook group. During this episode we also talked about some of the differences between two of Japan's most well known cities: Tokyo and Osaka. 

Ayana's info: 

kurlyinkansai.com

Black Creatives Japan

Hometown - New York

 

Featured music by hip hop artist Gizmo. Song title: "Meet Me in Tokyo"

 

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Hoop Dreams: Ballin’ Overseas

June 8, 2018

Georgia native, Bryan Simpson, didn't take basketball serious until his late teenage years; however, he worked religiously on his game and the opportunity arose to play professional basketball in Japan. Bryan tells us how his hoop dreams came true.

Bryan's info:

Okinawa 72 

bsim32 (Instagram)

Hometown - Atlanta, Georgia

 

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