If you close your eyes and listen to Joe Ide, you might think you were talking to a black man, a brother who knows his way around the neighborhood. The slang, the inflection. It's all there.
But Joe Ide is 100% Japanese-American.
And he has a simple explanation for why he sounds the way he sounds:
"Most of our friends [growing up] were black," he says.
A Colorful South LA Childhood
Ide (pronounced "EEE-day") grew up in South Los Angeles, with his extended family.