Black History Month 2021 in Japan

Posted On February 4, 2021

Behind the Month

“Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of ‘Negro History Week,’ the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.”

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In 2021, after a monumental year of social uprisings focused specifically to sound the alarm and force the world to value the lives of Black people in the United States and all over the world, more people than ever before will be taking notice of the achievements of African Americans. At the beginning of the year, we were able to not only claim a President of the United States but a female Vice President as well to the history-maker list!

Black History Month has been consistently celebrated year after year by ex-pats of African descent from all over the world living and working in Japan. The aim is to both showcase the tremendous skills, talents, and services of the Black Community in Japan, as well as provide information and networking opportunities for those looking to build their personal and professional lives.

This year, Legacy Foundation Japan is happy to partner with Monique Dehaney and Tokyo Black Professionals to share a diverse array of events to educate, validate, and celebrate African Americans across Japan. We hope that this month’s events can give people the courage, information, and support to further pursue their dreams and strengthen the Black Community in Japan.

See the events below, and follow @legacyfjp and the Black History Month Japan event page on Facebook for up-to-date information.

Please wear masks at each event. Wash your hands before entering the space and use hand sanitizers throughout the event.
For questions, please send an email to

February 5, 2021 - Sempai Talks (Online)

Tokyo Black Professionals First Fridays Event

18:00 – 20:00


This event features talks and presentations by Black people in Japan who have lived in the country for over 15 years. The featured speakers will share the changes they have seen in Japan and how they handled being in the country years ago.

February 6, 2021 - Black Moms Unite (Online)

17:00 – 18:00


Join Sasha-Lee Hague as she guides attendees through raising a black child in the Japanese public school system.

February 9, 2021 - Wakanda I Workout by Allan (In-person)

19:00 – 19:45

Sign up Required:

Cost: ¥1000/person (max 8 ppl)

Location: Intensity Matters 

The diaspora comes together for an intense outdoor sweat to celebrate the strength, energy, and athleticism of anything mixed with melanin. Be ready to push your limits while having fun with some inspired beats as you get closer to true fitness.

Pay in cash or by PayPay on the day



Location: IG LIVE at @commitin

DJ Vlad based in Tokyo, Japan will be playing music from Afro-Beats to HipHop to Jazz to Reggae.

FEBRUARY 13, 2021 - HAIR EVENT WITH Precious Strands (Online)

11:00 – 12:30 PM


Join Saya Lesesne as she leads a natural hair care class! Precious Strands has been a multi-cultural hair consulting group since 2012. During the event, experience:

  • An easy hairstyle tutorial
  • How to detangle natural hair

We want to help put a smile on your child’s face by bringing out natural beauty!

This class is best suitable for moms of kids mixed with afro hair.

February 16, 2021 - Wakanda II Workout by Allan (In-person)

19:00 – 19:45

Sign up Required:

Cost: ¥1000/person (max 8 ppl)

Location: Intensity Matters

The diaspora comes together for an intense outdoor sweat to celebrate the strength, energy, and athleticism of anything mixed with melanin. Be ready to push your limits while having fun with some inspired beats as you get closer to true fitness.

For more information on Allan and Intensity Matters visit the website:

Pay in cash or by PayPay on the day

FEBRUARY 21, 2021 - Dancing Cardio and AfroBeats (In-Person)

12:00 Doors Open

Entrance Cost: ¥500 Flat Fee

Location: Legacy Lounge

13:00 – 14:15

Dance Cardio with Shanda.
Maximum 15 people

14:30 – 15:15
Afro-Beats Dance workshop by Lucky Mugis.
Maximum 15 people

Face masks are required. Please RSVP for respective classes by sending an email to

February 21, 2021 - "Black Love" Sip and Paint (In-person)

16:00 – 18:00

Cost: ¥5000/person

Location: Legacy Lounge

Join fine artist Brandy Antonio as she leads a class with drink of choice in showcasing Black love on a canvas.

Price includes materials such as paint, brushes, canvas as well as 1 drink.

Email for reservation –

Face masks and aprons/protective clothing are required.

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 - SING YOUR PRAISES: A Gospel Choir Workshop with Cassandra E Peake Williams (In-Person)

14:00 – 16:00

Further Information:

Cost: Free (donations are welcomed )

BHMJ X LEGACY FOUNDATION presents this special event where Everyone is welcomed to come and learn to sing gospel tunes with a choir. At this workshop you will be taught how to tune your vocals and will practice singing a gospel song as a group.

This workshop is for people from all musical levels from ‘not being able to sing’ to ‘professionals’. Let’s have fun, learn and worship all at the same time.

Reservation Required:

February 24, 2021 - Simple Nutrition (Online)

19:00 – 19:40


HOST: Bertram Martin – ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coaching, Corrective Exercise

If you have always thought food is fuel then I have some interesting concepts to share with you! Food carries messages to and throughout are bodies – food is INFORMATION! All foods are not created equal and choosing the right foods will change our shape, our outlook / mood and direct our health for the short and long term.

Join us for a heartfelt discussion on good nutrition around:

  • understanding the basics of good nutrition and what our individuals needs are.
  • diving into a holistic approach to nutrition – identifying and removing what is limiting us from reaching our goals
  • different types of diets – paelo, vegan, IF
  • introducing the concept of “PFC”
  • sharing experiences finding certain nutritious (and comfort) foods in Japan, portion control, and how to make better food choices


14:00 – 15:15

ZOOM CODE: Email for the link to

Further Information:

Black History Month Japan & Akwaaba Kids Japan presents a bilingual dance class for your kids to enjoy. ‘Akwaaba Kids’ is an Afrobeats dance group, aiming to empower children with African roots through music and dance with a mission to create a space in which children are able to be themselves; embrace their African roots, be proud of who they are.

No need for reservation. All are invited.

February 28, 2021 - Black Excellence Gala (In-person)

14:00 – 19:00

Cost: ¥1000/person

Location: Legacy Lounge

Join us at Legacy Lounge in Azabu Juban as we come together to close off a month of events.

  • Rock your traditional wear
  • Live Performances
  • View Artwork artists in our community and much more.

Drinks & food available from Soul Food House.

More About Tokyo Black Professionals

Tokyo Black ProfessionalsStarted in 2007, Tokyo Black Professionals is an organization established for the purpose of supporting professional and career opportunities of the Black Community in Japan, helping them build inroads and realize opportunities in this country. TBP sponsors and promotes events and activities aimed at helping our community build their skills, talents, and develop their careers.

More About Monique Dehaney

For over 10 years Monique Dehaney, co-founder of TBP, has been organizing Black History Month events and showcases. For this year Monique, collaborating with black organizations, professionals, artists, thought and business leaders throughout the country has organized a full slate of events throughout Black History Month .


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