Tag Archives: african diaspora

October 23

‘Just Like Music’ Conclusion: “Testimony”, Summer 2015

Ten years after the events described in my last blog I stand in my kitchen, staring down at the screen of my white iPhone 6 in confusion. My favorite yellow and red kanga wrapped around my waist,I launch my Pandora app as I usually listen to music when I cook and clean. But when the app opened […]

September 21

Me Against My Brother

In today’s vlog I discuss my frustrations with the level of negativity directed at my ethnic group when relations within the African Diaspora are addressed on social media:  

September 11

Just Like Music: “No Letting Go”, 2003

In the summer of 2002 the popularity of dancehall reggae in the US charts reached a new level. I welcomed the debut of songs like Sean Paul’s ‘Gimme The Light’ on BET, but as far as I was concerned my fellow Yankees were late to the party. Jamaica’s dancehall and roots reggae and the soca of […]

June 12

Can’t Knock Their Hustle: How I Became a Fan of Nollywood & Why I Support It

The subject of diversity in entertainment media continues to be a topic of discussion in the United States. This was a source of frustration for me in my youth, as my desire to see myself positively represented in media in American media was often unfulfilled. Even in media created by African-Americans, racial stereotypes and Colorism […]

May 11

Keep It Moving: On the Cultural Evolution of Africans and African-Americans

On Saturday May 9th I finally made it to the Spirit of West Africa festival at Seattle Center. For the past three years I’ve always had the intention to go, but each year something would derail my plans. However this year I was determined to make it. Not feeling the idea of driving into the […]

Black Does Not Equal African-American

The title of this vlog says it  all:

The Black, The Bold, The Beautiful

The pictures of Nigerian singer Dencia and the proliferation of the use of bleaching creams in majority-Black nations had me extremely tight yesterday. I addressed it in  my previous post, but I am still vexed and highly angered with it. There is part of me that accepts the foolishness among my own tribe of the […]

Whitewashed

Today brought the news of yet another Black celebrity using bleaching cream to exchange their natural brown skin in favor of an extremely pale tone. Nigerian-Cameroonian singer Dencia debuted her look and her fittingly named skincare line Whitenicius. As I looked at Dencia ‘s ghost-like skin a phrase came to mind: another one bites the […]