Dexter

Name: Dexter  

Hometown: Brooklyn New York 

Work:Curator and Entrepreneur  

 

Q: What brought you to Japan? 

A: I traveled to Japan back and forth with my wife and due to coid-19 we were stuck in Japan, after thinking it over we decided to move here permanently.  

 

Q: How has living in a different country changed your life?  

A: It put my relationship with New York into proper perspective. People have tendencies to look at the city they’re from as the center of the world. The opportunity to look at New York from a distance and understand what was important and not relevant.  

 

Q: What advice do you have for Black youth and creatives? 

A: Creatives have a desire to feel validation from their peers, but validation is not the same as accomplishing the goal. You may lose sight of the progress you could’ve made or should have made. You need to hold yourself to your own standard. If you arrive in a country that you are unfamiliar with, give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you will figure things out. There is a false sense of inferiority that people have, but they need to overcome it and be patient with themselves. Education is not about you becoming a better person, it’s about being able to take care of yourselves, studying abroad in America isn’t seen as a necessity but allowing yourself to experience news things and try to do more than just going to school to graduate will allow you to make mistakes but experience more than what is predetermined for you. Act in a meaningful way.