B-Style, a trend that celebrates African American pop/hip-hop culture, has young Japanese gals rejecting conventional practices of preserving the pallor of their skin for weekly trips to the tanning salons, braids and other accoutrements of hip-hoppery.

Metropolis Web TV states that folks who dig B-Style – short for Black Lifestyle – “want dark skin like American hip hoppers,” and put the spotlight on a young lady named Hina who’s the embodiment of the popular trend. “Black people look so great and stylish,” she said while watching a scantily clad vixen in a hip-hop music video. “When we wear it, it looks vulgar, but not with Black people.”

Hina works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Their tagline is “Black for life.” The hip-hop admirer considers the shop to be a “tribute to Black culture and also to their music, fashion and dance.” Hina admits, “Part of B-style is that you do not look Japanese.” While rejecting aspects of mainstream beauty standards, namely the glorification of pale skin, these young women make it a point to darken their skin not just appear sun kissed, but to emulate the deep brown hues of Black women. “All of Baby Shoop’s shop girls do deep tanning,” the narrator claims, including Hina. The B-Style maven said her affinity towards Black American culture began when her hair started to get frizzy in high school, while flipping through Source Magazine she said, “Then I looked at Black artists, and I found them very cool.”

It’s interesting to note DimeWars’ take on Tokyo’s B-Style craze: “A pale skin resembles beauty in Japan, but that no longer doesn’t count for everyone. Hina lives her life according to the ‘B-style’, or the ‘black lifestyle’. This includes going to the tanning salon regularly to become as dark as American hip hop artists.” What’s ironic about this though is that eventually Japanese women will end up looking like themselves trying to emulate black women who probably is wearing some form of Asian hair on her head.” A little crude perhaps, but a valid point regardless: the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Dig the interview with Hina below:

Black women as the object of beauty… We wanna know what comes to your mind upon seeing Tokyo youth embracing “Black Lifestyle?”

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    That last part of the quote has me rolling on the floor.

  • Timcampi

    I’m so glad my skintone is a marketable trend, haha?

  • LJF

    I have so many mixed emotions about this I don’t even think I can fully express them! Where does one even begin????

  • TheBlackBelle

    Wow! I can appreciate the Japanese ladies giving credit to the “Black Lifestyle” because other races sure as hell don’t! We are just so used to seeing Grace Jones as super stylish in our eyes, called “weird” by the White folks, only to have Lady Gaga idolized and “creative” with her fashion sense many years later! Yes, I think it’s fine when to experiment with many looks and trends, but what’s sad is I can visualize a Black man choosing a Japanese woman who wants to look Black over an authentic Black woman. smh. What’s funny to me is that it is quite obvious they want to look “black” but when black people wear their hair they NEVER look Japanese! lol.

  • Bren82

    “WOW!”, comes to mind. You don’t here about this everyday. But I’ve noticed that a lot of Japanese men and women are VERY style and fashion conscious, so it’s cool.

  • http://LesBoom.tumblr.com LesBoom

    I think you have it backwards. White folk LOVE Grace Jones, black folk are the ones who call(ed) her weird.

  • http://LesBoom.tumblr.com LesBoom

    This is pure hilarity. I can’t even….

  • TheBlackBelle

    Yes, thank you for the correction. It just totally sucks that she never got credit for her fashion -forwardness.

  • lucy lady

    It is sorta sad. The glorification of any one lifestyle, skin color, trend is problematic. It is stll uplifting one form of beauty as best and negating the others. Difference exists and is beautiful. And should be celebrated because different groups, individuals add to the world wide culture, difference should not be a call to change, anything, at any time.

  • African Mami

    I LOVE it! However it is unfortunate that their cultural understanding of the B-Life is limited to hip-hop, rappers and video-vixens. In my experience, I have found Japanese people to be very culturally open and curious. My home girl exclusively dates African men because she finds her own men, in her words-boring and very routine-*that gives me the giggles*. According to her, the African men are challenging and do not cave in to pressure easily. Japanese people are not afraid to go past their cultural territories and comfort. In my opinion, they are the most culturally forward, racially speaking

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    This isn’t really that new. Japanese people have been admiring aspects of Black culture for a long time. It really started with jazz. And so now it’s moved on to hip hop. I’m okay with it as long as it doesn’t become mocking. And trying to darken ones skin is getting a little close to Blackface for my comfort.

  • whilome

    The young Japanese have a habit of going all out with their niche styles. There are entire clubs based on being a cowboy or a punk rocker or even a reggae loving Rasta. They have special perms to kink-a-fy and dread their hair. This type of exotic cultural appropriation is nothing new for them.

    Here’s the thing, tho: they get older, get their salaryman job, and leave those things behind like we discarded parachute pants and jheri-curls. And as for ACTUAL Blackanese folks in Tokyo (my daughter’s half-asian/half-black), why not ask they get treated by the Japanese. Not kawaii (cute).

  • chakalaka

    haha! i love this..we are finally getting some props for being fabulous!

  • http://@clnmike Clnmike

    Cute exploration of other people’s culture. at least there not bleaching their skin or trying to blue up their eyes.

  • Hmmm…

    For all of you who say this is awesome that they want to be just like us, think about it. If this was a video of black teenage girls talking about bleaching their skin and getting blonde weaves and making other changes to their body with the aim of “looking white” or “living the white lifestyle,” we’d all be crying foul. This is the SAME THING. These girls are glorifying one race/culture over another–blackness as the supreme–and it is JUST as unhealthy.

    And I agree with an above commenter…black-ness and the black lifestyle is not all about hip hop and video vixens. I am Afro-Caribbean and our lifestyles are not hip-hop oriented, and I’m sure many African-Americans’ lives are also not hip-hop oriented.

    I hope these girls eventually learn to appreciate themselves for who they are and how they were born.

  • fuchsia

    I LOVE IT!!! This just bumped Japan up on the list of places to visit. I know where we have a market now and I’m happy to see them embrace the hip hop culture in such a hands on way.

  • B

    I don’t think this is awesome. But nor do I think as you do that “This is the SAME THING” as nonwhite people aspiring to be or look white. This is NOT the same thing. You cannot compare the internalized oppression (that took centuries to create amongst almost all of the world’s nonwhite people) of wanting to be or look WHITE with the mere cultural appropriation of these Japanese who want to be or look BLACK. To suggest that this is the same is to ignore HISTORY. I don’t think internalized oppression has anything to do with what these Japanese kids are doing – because, after all, since when were we (black folks) ever their oppressors. That’s the fundamental difference between them wanting to be black and nonwhite kids wanting to be/look white.

    While I understand what you are trying to say, you should not simplify history to make your point. And you are making a really valid point that I think many others have missed (your point being that people aspiring to be who they are not is not something to celebrate). So, I dig you. But just don’t ignore or simplify history in an effort to make that point. I’m just saying…

  • http://www.angstandhumor.blogspot.com Shiks

    I find it strange,like we are a trend that will soon die off.

    Also,how come it is cool when they do it,but when white women get butt implants and lip fillers they are trying tn hard and will never match our fly? Double standard much?

  • Hmmm…

    Agreed! I seriously question what the commenters who are saying “This is great” and “I love it” would say if these were white girls, or if these were black girls trying to be like white girls. Double standard, indeed.

  • African Mami

    @ Shiks and Hmmm…

    This is NOT a trend. Most Japanese people are fascinated by black people, and their culture(s).

    Butt implants and lip fillers is NOT a culture…neither is it synonymous with black people!

  • Hmmm…

    @African Mami
    I never referred to it as a trend. I would like to ask you though, do you think the tanning of skin by the Japanese is better (or somehow more respectful) to the culture of black people than butt implants and lip fillers? In my opinion, both, when done with the aim of looking like a certain race, are the same thing.

  • Hmmm…

    Hey B,

    You probably misunderstood my comment. I’m not making any references as to the underlying reasons why a Japanese girl would want to emulate the black race, or a black girl would want to emulate the White race (whether it’s internalized oppression, or because they just think it’s cool). Who are we to determine anybody’s real motivation for emulating a culture that they are not a part of? Thus, I don’t believe I am simplifying history because I made no reference to it…

    This is about young girls of today simply trying to be something they aren’t. I wouldn’t feel any better if my black daughter tried to look Asian than if she tried to look White. I wouldn’t think, “Well at least the Japanese never oppressed us.” I’m just personally of the opinion that we should not try to be something we’re not.

  • African Mami

    @ Hmmm…

    I can’t believe you are taking offense at this girls for wanting to look black. I would implore you to do more research on Japanese people and black people.

    They are not doing this out of spite, most of them would LOVE to go to the motherland, and some have because they are really in love with the culture. Imitation is the best form of flattery. If you do your due diligence on Japanese people, you will see where all the love and fuzziness is coming from!

  • B

    “I’m just personally of the opinion that we should not try to be something we’re not.” Truth. I completely agree.

    I was responding to the implication in your first comment. To say “it’s the same thing” (A. nonwhite girls trying to be or look white, and B. nonwhite girls trying to be or look like another nonwhite group) implicitly elides the history, even though I know that was not your intention. It just made me pause. A and B come from very different motivations in my opinion (though I would not presume to understood their specific motivations) given the world’s racial history. But ultimately, both come down to wanting to be something you are not and that is a serious problem as you said.

    Besides, I have a weird reaction to any culture (white or nonwhite) that attempts to appropriate a nonwhite culture. We black folks (and various aspects of our culture) are constantly appropriated by nonblacks. It bothers me greatly. But thanks for your comment!

  • uclachick

    While I understand the knee-jerk reaction “Oh look, it’s cool, someone wants to be like black people for once!” since it so rarely happens, I have to say…are you guys serious?

    @Hmmm… is right! If these girls were appropriating and mimicking whiteness simply for a ‘love of the culture,’ we would be all up in arms, and rightly so! Not only is this an exoticization of so-called black culture (video vixens representing all black people and never looking trashy? LOL.), read the things they do: deep tanning! That is so obviously unhealthy for these young women. And the opposite of that would be skin bleaching, and I don’t see anyone giving props to that for black people who truly respect nordic culture, or some BS like that.

    Call this out for what it is, people. It’s one thing to be inspired by someone else’s culture, but when you starting hamring yourself or your own body in pursuit of it, something is wrong!!

    *steps off the soapbox and returns to casual browsing*

  • http://dyhnic.tumblr.com/ Dyhnic

    I put this Japanese video on my blog in September.
    It seems a sort of hype, it is wrong or is it good? It is eccentric. On the one hand, they detach from the Japan whitening beauty and seek it in the opposite, the black. But they do or did not explore it, but are influenced by the media. While being black is different everywhere in the world and is therefore versatile.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    @Clnmike, You’ll have to leave that to the Westernized Asians, they are notorious for altering their appearance to make themselves more appealing to White people by having surgery to have “less ethnic-looking features”.

  • bekah

    agreed! it’s nice to be admired in a way. but kinda for all the wrong reasons…?

  • bekah

    I try to look on the bright side of everything. The silver lining here is that at least someone doesn’t think the ideal woman is blonde hair, blue eyed, big boobed and stick thin. Or another fave: natural curly haired, racially ambiguous, and “exotic” looking. The fact that she appreciates the beauty in a black woman is one thing but to emulate it is almost a mockery. But imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?

  • Hmmm…

    African Mami,

    I’m not offended by these girls actually, I just feel sorry for them. This still doesn’t change the fact that they are trying to be something that they are not. I also never implied that they are doing it out of spite (the video makes it clear to me that they aren’t). It’s lovely if they admire black people. I just don’t approve of people trying to be something that they are not.

    And you still didn’t answer my question, or if you did, the answer wasn’t clear to me…

  • Hmmm…

    Hey B,

    I agree with you! Whenever I come across a culture that wants to “be black,” no matter how positive their intentions are they always leave me with a huge question mark. I love being black! I wish others would enjoy being whatever God made them as well!

  • B

    This is a very sensible comment, one of the most sensible comments on this post. Thank you.

  • http://@clnmike Clnmike

    @Perverted Alchemist

    Very true but we cant make that something that is exclusive to Asians, you take a look at black people, in particular women, straightening of the hair, bleaching of the skin, cosmetic surgery, colored contact and now surgery to remove the melanin in their eyes are no better than what these Japanese kids do. In fact it’s worst because for black people these are not trends that could be laughed off as youthful indulgences and curiosity, but there a necessity to boost their damaged self esteem..

  • watcher

    I get loving the Hip Hop culture and being influenced by it, but that along with hella piercings and tattoos doesn’t equate to being black. If it was some white boy on there yall would not clapping for this.

    It really is an exotication of a people as someone put it.
    Like these stores obsession with the faux Native American patterned and designs right now. Seriously, someone recently asked in my college class if NA’s were extinct with the same thing happening last year.

  • grace

    It’s funny how people like Nicki Minaj are obsessed with certain aspects of Asian culture and then you see things like this.

  • HoneyDew

    I just hope they are not limiting African American culture to one aspect of it. Hip Hop came from Black people, but it is not the sum total of our culture and our race.

  • allegra

    i think its about damn time black images get respected for their beauty. i say why the hell not, i’ve seen more than enough degrading depictions

  • Nne

    I feel this ultra tanning business is a one-way ticket to skin cancer.

    I think just about everyone is borrowing something from someone these days – think Chinese character tattoos on Americans, Japanese cartoons on American televisions, British sitcoms made American, etc. I just hope that in the pursuit of black culture they one, don’t as the above commenter pointed out, assume all black people are like this, and two, reject their own culture in the process.

  • Carla

    I find this bizarre and more than a little creepy. Anyone willing to abandon their own culture for another is suspect to me, and I find it off-putting.

  • African Mami

    do you think the tanning of skin by the Japanese is better (or somehow more respectful) to the culture of black people than butt implants and lip fillers?

    I’m sorry but butt implants and big lips are not synonymous with black people. Nyhoo, Yes to the tanning question….it is RESPECTFUL! I don’t see the disrespect you talk of. That notwithstanding, I would love to hear your opinion on why you find it disrespectful, could be I’m missing something….or not. Please expound….

  • Nne

    Wait…so getting butt fillers = trying to look black? I thought other races of women and black women are getting butt fillers so as to look more desirous to men – and not necessarily to achieve some black aesthetic. I see it as the same way some women of all races get breast implants.
    Though, an argument can be made for against this tanning business. I personally do not see it as offensive, but I wonder the motives of some people who are willing to fry their skin for the sake of beauty – similarly in the way that I question why we fry our hair for beauty as well. Let me re-iterate – I understand that a lot of people simply tan or relax/straighten their hair SIMPLY FOR BEAUTY, as I once did, but I am also aware that for some, it is deeper than that.

    All in all, I don’t see this Japanese trend as anything different from say, an Eminem. Hip-Hop culture is international and people of all races around the world are embracing it almost as their own.

  • @me

    “BLACK LIFESTYLE…BLACK LIFESTYLE! (black power fist)!” I haven’t quite decided how to feel about this yet, too much to contemplate.

  • Jess

    “What’s ironic about this though is that eventually Japanese women will end up looking like themselves trying to emulate black women who probably is wearing some form of Asian hair on her head.”

    Yes, but most Black women don’t go in trying to have Asian hair, or even know that wigs and weaves are necessarily Asian hair. So Dime Wars statement, to me, is just the typical put down of Black women that would come from a Hip Hop focused biz, instead of recognizing that not everybody calls Black women ugly. Many like how we look. Boo to DimeWars

  • tomi_102

    IMHO, the girls in this video are not admiring ‘Black culture’ but a stereotype of it. Do they bother to learn anything else about African-American culture outside of hip-hop music videos and fashion? I don’t think so.

    Also, Japanese girls have been tanning for a long time…in different trends but this is not so unique when it comes to Japanese ladies saying no to the upheld pale skin notions. For example, quite a while ago the ‘gyaru’ and ‘ganguro’ were popular. Girls who identified with this culture and subculture used to tan their skins to various extremes (‘ganguro’ meaning literally ‘blackening the body’) and AFAIK they did not openly identify with Black culture. When I started watching the video, I thought it’d be about ganguro!

    Currently ganguro are not as popular and I think this is fascinating. I am not happy that B-culture is trendy now because, I know that trends in Japan never last long. They come and they go, ganguro still exist but they are not as popular as they once were. Or as has been discussed elsewhere on the internetz, the ganguro grew up and got married, thus ‘conforming’ in some way. Years ago I watched a clip very similar to the one above on ganguro…maybe in a few years time there’ll be another trend which involves young Japanese girls tanning except they’d call it something else.

    Finally! I’ve spent a very short time in Japan and I did find Japanese people to be open to me, culture wise. However, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that most Japanese are interested in African-American, Caribbean or African culture. With most, if not all, of my Japanese friends I am the only Black person they actually know and relate with. I think I know only one Japanese lady who is so interested in African culture that she studied Sudanese politics (she also lived in Sudan for a while)…and that’s out of twenty plus people on that side of the world I call ‘friend’. So, in my experience Japanese people truly interested in Black culture are the minority. When these B-girls are hanging out with real life Black people then I’d have more respect for them.

  • LemonNLIme

    I think it is weird. They are NOT copying black American culture but American hip hop culture. If they were interested in black American culture chances are they would have read up on it and learn about how black face is viewed by most black Americans.

  • Misty_Moonsilver

    haha this is wonderful that this made it onto clutch. I’ve gone to the very place this girl works at. And btw a lot of Japanese do this as a fad. Not because they know the history or like us.

  • LN

    I lived in Japan for several years and I can tell you that while there is a small group of young folks interested in Hip Hop Culture, I definitely didn’t feel hip hop culture/ or “black culture” is respected on a national level. From personal experience I can tell you that being an actual black person in Japan is not the hottest thing there. I personally did not find the culture to be openminded of others but I do feel the Japanese are naturally polite and respectful. But I must say that these young adults really get into the their hip hop characters … using slang and the N word frequently. I find it a bit uncomfortable and disturbing. I would even see groups of young adults dressed up like cholos with mexican flags hanging out their pockets. The B-style seems more of an underground thing and almost looked down upon. I can’t imagine this will ever go mainstream in Japan. I feel like these B-stylers are playing more into the stereotypes of black culture and they lack a true understanding of what it is to be Black. They are definitely giving other japanese people who are unfamiliar with black culture a one sided view of what Black is and I can’t say I appreciate it. So i personally don’t think this whole “black lifestyle” is something that they truly understand. This is weird.

  • jen

    Nothing wrong with their own skin colour. Culture is no longer proprietary. If they identify with hip-hop culture, why the hell not? I for one identify more with rock culture and I don’t think my race should limit me from celebrating that. That’s why we made Afro-punk, so black people could see themselves in more than just one role.

  • E.M.S.

    I appreciate the sentiment of someone thinking us beautiful, but it’s pretty awkward to say it’s “emulating blackness.” It essentially restricts blackness to this hop-hop based definition, which doesn’t apply to all of us.

    More than anything I just find it amusing.

  • Nne

    @LN – Your comment really sheds light into what is actually going on here. And yours is not the first I have heard about some of the negative attitudes held in Japan against black people – either they are overtly racist (like being barred from going to some clubs) or fetishized (particularly black men in the armed services or perhaps in this video, where black women are described as “barbies”).
    At first I thought it harmless, thinking – why everyone copies some aspect of someone else’s culture. Heck, I even found it to be a bit amusing (the women in the video are more reminiscent of Snookie from the Jersey Shore). Thought it as harmless cultural misappropriation. However, what I am gathering from your comments is that in some cases, this B-syle thing is a back-handed compliment or perhaps borders on black-face lite. And furthermore, cultural misappropriation – is that always an innocent form of flattery, or is it in some respects, insulting?
    Anyway, in sum, I think I will join the other commenters who will pause for a moment before coming up with a final conclusion on my thoughts towards this “trend.” Hmm, I thought I was pretty sure about it, but yeah, don’t know what to think about it now.

  • chanela

    WTH! i wonder who braided her hair in individuals like that… in JAPAN!! interesting…

  • sisterAyiti

    You’re both wrong. Grace Jones was never really accepted by anyone in the mainstream. But the fashion world (which was still its own private sector in the 80s) embraced her.

    But Gaga took and borrowed from Ms. Jones to the point that she’s nothing but a caricature. Whites love when their own take whats ours and recreate it for themselves such as the attempt tp popularize Krey-Whatever.

  • ruggie

    I’ve heard stories of night clubs in Japan not allowing black people in, but inside those same clubs were Japanese kids dressed up to look black, partying away.

  • http://www.theturnmag.com Denise T

    They’re the minority in Japan. They have magazines dedicated to this culture like Woofin’ (Men), Woofin’ Girl , and Luire. Woofin’ Girl and Luire are no longer being published but they are still some of best urban magazines I have ever seen. They never showed black culture in a negative light. Luire even had a Jamaica issue every year. It’s All About Korean Urban Pop or K-Pop Now.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Sometimes I wonder if we know how to have a conversation without admonishing each other or being aggressive in tone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Mays-Gee/677865245 Ashley Mays Gee

    I definitely don’t disagree with anybody about the fact that B-style is probably a very superficial look at Black culture and seems to be focused largely on elements of hip-hop culture.

    But, I just want to put out my random anecdote that as a Harlem resident I think it’s fascinating that there are troves of European and Asian tourists that visit Harlem and it seems like they can’t get enough of Black culture. All the while, there are thousands of people who live in Manhattan who refuse to visit any place north of 110th.

  • damidwif

    aint that the truth. everybody wanna be a nigga but don’t nobody [in the us/manhattan] wanna be a nigga

  • Penny

    damidwif, totally agree. LOL. People want to have guided tours of the “black world” and they want to romanticize the poverty, violence and discrimination. It’s a thrill for them because at any moment, they get to go back to the safety of being non-black. I know I should not take it personally, but I find it a but insulting.

  • Penny

    ruggie, that would not surprise me.

  • Kim

    This sentence basically sums up being Black throughout the world’s history.

  • PetiteQueen

    That truly was my only concern. So I completely agree HoneyDew.

  • browneyed_leo

    +2!

  • Tracie

    I do makeup and I have noticed that more of my younger asian client prefer to have a hint of color to their foundations, unlike my more traditional older asian clients whom will select a foundations 2x lighter than there actual complextion. I find that very refreshing…so this maybe reaching the states…but, I hope they are not just narrowing down black culture to hip hop alone. I guess you gotta start somewhere tho, but i don’t really find this to be new now that I think about it, our style has been taped into by all cultures for centuries…

  • ladyorchid

    I was wondering the same thing.

  • BritishBelle

    LOL, me too! “Black lifestyle (does black power salute) black lifestyle!” Very bizarre indeed.

  • iQgraphics

    So we “kudos” darkening of the skin and “frown upon” the lightening of the skin.
    We “kudos” them for braiding but riot ourselves for a perm or blonde dye job…
    I see, so it’s all about who the subject of the idolatry is…
    Nice to be appreciated, lusted or sought after but I don’t like the double standard exhibited here.

  • Anon

    You SHOULD be insulted. What you’re feeling is a natural preservation instinct. This is a mockery. I mean, around the world, the thing people associate with black women is hood-rat chicks dancing in a video? How’s that going to work for you when(or if) you want to go to Japan (or Asia period)?

    Far too many simple women have limited comphrehension skills, or are just desperate for someone, ANYONE to admire them, no matter what for.

  • Anon

    I think it says so much that people are happy for crumbs of admiration, no matter the source.

    SMH. This is NOT the norm, that’s like trying to paint the followers of Insane Clown Posse as a large segment of the white population.

  • Alexandra

    Ughh Best comment on here. This is not the first time; I’ve noticed this several times as well. If this was vice versa, it would not be received the same way, especially with the skin color altering.

    In my opinion, I don’t see anything to be flattered about since they are idolizing a stereotypical part of Black American culture. A stereotype that some people have been hurt/negatively affected by.

  • Afrostyling

    These chicks are clowning y’all. How many of you walk around looking like that? See, these are the dangers of a single story. I sure as hell dont look or talk like the “black culture” these idiots are mimicking. You can thank hip hop culture for this foolishness.

  • WhatIThink

    Japanese youth sub-cultures tend to adopt many trends in an extreme way. There are many of these subcultures among the youth of Japan. This is really no different. But the bigger issue is why people would be shocked about hip hop being found anywhere outside of America. It is a global phenomenon. You can find b-boy imitations all over the planet.

  • Trini

    “Japanese youth sub-cultures tend to adopt many trends in an extreme way.”

    Very true!

    Prime example: Harajuku.

  • lachelle

    I lived in Japan, for a year, and visited Baby-Shoop a few times. I met this girl, and she was too thrilled to meet me. The hip-hop community has a great influence in Tokyo. I can’t tell you how many places I would go, and people would want pictures with me, as if i was some type of celebrity. Sometimes I was the first, black American female some of them had ever met. Especially when I wore my hair in a fro. They love the culture, and go to great lengths to emulate it.

  • whylie2010

    This has been a trend there for years now (nothing new). On one hand, it is flattering that they find our skin color, hair texture(s), etc beautiful. On the other, it’s disturbing to say this is “Black style” because obviously all Black women don’t look, dress, or act alike. I would say they’re more influenced by hip-hop culture than Black people in general.

  • Tweed12

    “When we wear it, it looks vulgar, but not with Black people.” #scratchinghead

  • http://www.blackgirlinaustin.wordpress.com C.Sheri

    I agree. I’m a little insulted and maybe I shouldn’t be. However, I find it disturbing that my culture has been reduced to a style here (in the U.S) and abroad! Its bad enough that I have to battle stereotypes in my own country and then I have to go abroad and see this ish! Damn, can I get a break?

  • Robert

    Black is the new fad.

  • Kim

    Wow, just keep putting us in a box, we don’t mind. Next time, why don’t you put some golds in your mouth and get a boyfriend to beat up on you so you can yell at him and ask him why he came in late.

  • MySavior47

    Ok thats fukkkn stupid, she’s trynna pull off that ghetto azz look lmao. Theres a bunch of black girls i seen like that but i dnt know that style is pretty old, we trynna get on to another style! Plus that piercing means your bi sexual damn she need to stop, idont care if thats a new style! You dont have to fukkn look like a black girl! She can just dress hip hop style with a some colored nikes, skiinnies, a cool shirt, hoop earrings, lip gloss, whatever, half cornrolls half afroish. God damn shes all up in their culture! If you waana learn about it so much move to america and live in the ghetto, learn how to be loud and fight some bchhes, learn how to booty dance lol, go be poor and struggle in life!!

  • Rahwaj

    I can understand that people may feel that these young Japanese girls are only getting the superficial aspect of “black” coulture, but just how much can we get from this 5 minute video? You don’t know how much they know or how deeply they have gone into the subject.

    And some of you need to calm down with being offended. Black people have been told how ugly they are since we’ve been in this country and you’re going to get offended because these girls think that black is beautiful? Give me a break and get the hell over yourselves.

  • Yami_Cassie

    Well said.

  • http://center-of-attention.deviantart.com/ Poetess X

    Well, while I understand your P.O.V., there’s something to be said for the Japanese understanding of what they adopt. They take time to understand who and what they’re recreating. And while I had qualms, in the beginning about Ganguro, which literally translates to “black face”, I found that there was more to it. It wasn’t the Al Jolson issue I’d once thought it was. J-Hip Hop has much respect for us. They’re not just mimicking. They ARE learning, from us.

    And let’s be real, people have been trying to be black without being black since the beginning of damn time. It didn’t just start here!!! Egyptians, tanning, french braids, collagen injections, dreads, jazz, blues, hip hop, pop, etc. That’s all US! So, let’s not act it just started here!!!

  • http://center-of-attention.deviantart.com/ poetessx

    THANK YOU, RAHWAJ!!!! I find that many of the people here do have mixed feelings about what’s going on in Japan, but when it comes down to it, I’m not mad at the compliment. Hell, they’re telling you it’s about being black, that has them admiring us. So, no I’m not insulted.

    This is not Al Jolson or Vaudeville we’re talking about, here. They’re not making a mockery of who we are, they’re embracing it! And as black people, if you don’t know about Al Jolson, then shame on you! The Japanese are people of ANOTHER RACE celebrating our own. I dig it and I appreciate them for it.

    I enjoy Japanese culture: Anime and JPop and all that but are you assuming that’s all I’m basing my love of their culture on? No!!! So, why are we assuming this from them? There are so many elements to their culture, that I find correlate to our own, that I really get where they’re coming from. You all need to give them the benefit of common sense, as far as I”m concerned. Get a grip on life!!!

  • http://center-of-attention.deviantart.com/ poetessx

    I so agree with you here!!! 100%

  • Alex

    If these people were criticizing the hip hop lifestyle and expressing disapproval you all would be in an uproar and take it personally, whether you dress that way or not — you would see it as an attack on your culture. By embracing the hip hop lifestyle these ladies are expressing a desire to participate in and learn more about the black culture and you want to frown your face and be offended. Your response to this compliment gives credence to the stereotype of the mad black woman — mad at the world, and can’t be pleased. Love yourselves women, stop always bracing yourselves for attack. They’re calling you beautiful.

  • Miko

    Black style like that black lady in the mc Donald’s that told me move or else she be start throwing elbowses if the line ain’t moving…

    snoop doggy dog isn’t a role model…

    Haha

  • anony.mous

    Yeah…

  • Jessica

    The fact that she has a self-hatred for her own men is kinda sad. Like she’s trying to escape something by seeking approval from others.

    I mean, what would you think of a black guy who only dates white women?

  • Jessica

    So how is this any different than suburban white boys dressed up in hip-hop attire?

  • http://chantella-eng.yolasite.com Chantella

    I love it. I am Black and see nothing wrong with this. They are not making all black people look bad. The only person who can make you look bad is YOU! This is hardly a stereotype. No, not ALL black people are like this(I am not like this) but there still are black people who are; LOTS of them, and there is nothing wrong with that. :/ They didn’t make up that “Black people act like this are are bad people” stereotype, we Americans came up with that. They are saying that is a good thing. They have bad things too, they have it about ALL races, and we have bad things about them, That’s just the world revolving. It’s normal. This is not a bad thing. Leave Japanese people alone. If they aren’t hurting anybody directly, then they are not doing evil. They are simply having fun. Just like when I do cosplay. Leave them alone.

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  • Mel

    i personally think Hina is GORGEOUS! she can pass for being half of a sister. i dont find this offensive. it’s already enough ppl in the world who think we are a disgrace and dont like us at all. it’s refreshing to see us being admired and not degraded or put down like our women are whores and our men are criminals. i dont find anything wrong with what she’s doing. how long have black women been getting perms and wearing make up not intended for them? what about the new generation of black youth that are turning into skater boys and rock chicks, dressing ‘white’ as some of my classmates call it. people are losing their close mindedness and are learning to respect, and even adapt to other ppl’s cultures. there is a new world, and ppl should be able to live, dress, and be whatever they wish, just as long as it causes no harm. Hina is a sexy thick lil mama. i swear she may have some black in her, as she does not look like a typical japanese girl. how does straight asian hair get frizzy all of a sudden without doing anything to it? japanese are little framed women – how’d she get that shape? i hope she keeps doing her thing.

  • Kira

    Stupid comment, she can do what she wants without your permisson.

  • Kira

    Only the non-Blacks are disgusted at this thread, had they been bleaching their hair and skin you’d all be singing praises. They’re not hurting anyone by dressing like this and frankly you can’t tell people what to wear so deal with it. So posing as a Black person who is offended there’s no Black person who would be offended by this, and if they happened to be that would be ridiculous seeing many Black women straighten their hair and wear weave in hopes of looking like what they’re obviously not. Btw I’m Black, and proud with my natural hair. Go Japanese gals ;) haters gonna hate.

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