OK Jazz Episode #84 – Interview with Baye McNeil

Special episode of the podcast, where I sat down and had a long chat with educator, activist and fellow Brooklynite in Japan, Baye McNeil. We covered a lot of topics including growing up in New York, traveling for the first time, what racism is like away from home, activism/education and more. With musical interludes chosen by Baye!

00:00-05:20 (song) Sounds Of Blackness – ‘Optimisitic’

05:20-17:10 Talking about New York City & the USA

17:10-22:50 (song) Donald Byrd – ‘Cristo Redentor’

22:50-40:50 Family & background, traveling to Haiti and the impact of being overseas

40:50-45:00 (song) Prince – ‘Joy In Repetition’

45:00- Coming to Japan, being a foreigner here, working as an educator and activist, the Blackface in Japan issue

01:18-01:22 (song) Stevie Wonder – ‘Smile Please’

01:22-01:27 (song) Sheryl Crow – ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

website: www.bayemcneil.com

IG: black.eye.japan Twitter: locohama FB: https://www.facebook.com/BlackEyeJapan/

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Mr. OK Jazz is a 20+ year resident of Japan and spends all his free time wandering the Kanto area looking for jazz cafes, bars, clubs and record stores. For two years he hosted the OK Jazz radio show on InterFM Radio, currently the OK Jazz podcast. You can reach him at *protected email*
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