Defining the Culture

A Black Graduate

A Black Graduate

I graduated with determination and resilience, two critical characteristics that surfaced out of my experience in our current society and my Africana study courses. As I looked at the workforce for guidance I knew that my focus would be working with a community that represents me. In reality that was not the case. I was seeking jobs in environments that disconnected me from my experiences at home and my community. Although the pay was greatly livable, it was not nourishing my spirit.

Not Black, Ethiopian. Okay?

Not Black, Ethiopian. Okay?

We, Ethiopians, stereotypically perceive ourselves as a different sect altogether. It is true that we are a longstanding sovereign country, who do not hail colonization in our history, and our great-grand and grandparents have given their lives to make it remain so. But that does not give us an exemption from our Blackness.

Black Panther: Why the relationship between Africans and black Americans is so messed up

Black Panther: Why the relationship between Africans and black Americans is so messed up

It was very indicative of the current relationship between Africans and African Americans. There’s so much animus or competition that I have never quite understood. Both groups use derogatory names to refer to each other. In Africa, African American culture is very big and influential in terms of how people speak and dress. But in creating “Black Panther,” Africans and African Americans came together to create art that black people around the world are proud of. But in everyday life, there is no such unity. I think it’s a vision for what can be possible when the two groups work together.

For Black Women Who Have Considered Being Single When The Dating Pool Is Inadequate

For Black Women Who Have Considered Being Single When The Dating Pool Is Inadequate

In spite of these tragedies, black women prevail and still aspire to be in happy and healthy relationships. How many of us however, ask ourselves questions like, who am I? What am I passionate about? What do I believe or not believe in? What are my boundaries? How do I want to contribute to society? I know a lot of people who continuously go through this back and forth limbo of dating and being in relationships without allowing ample time to reflect on the last.

My Blackness

My Blackness

These experiences and realities play micro roles in a much larger picture. A picture without borders. A picture with diverging lines. A picture with multiple viewpoints. A picture whose objects are linked by one idea- black identity.

Black Reflections from Havana: And We Still Can’t Breathe

Black Reflections from Havana: And We Still Can’t Breathe

We are here in the midst of an extremely historic time. People from all over the world are rushing here to smoke cigars, to see Cuba before the “changes” begin and to say they witnessed history. However, we came here with different intentions. Heeding the words of Angela Davis, we came here to partake in the revolutionary act of self-care.

Hip Hop: A Revolutionary Art Part II

Hip Hop: A Revolutionary Art Part II

In the beginning, the music of African American music instilled hope and unity in the black community and operated as a part of our culture that separated us from them. It was a disguise for our escape and keeping our will high. Today, with social media and the power of technology, messages can be dispersed at a rapid pace. It can spark a movement that can last for some time, and a good song is always remembered. It has the potential to be just as powerful as it was in the times of slavery.

Not Just A White Thing

Not Just A White Thing

In the Black community there is a sense of shame and humiliation surrounding the idea of therapy and mental illness. This forces many Black people to suffer in silence, because we take pride in being “strong” and are afraid of being considered weak. Many also fear being judged by family members and friends and hearing “you're just having a bad day,” “stop being dramatic,” “Pray about it” and “you’ll be fine.”

Drapetomania of the 21st Century

Drapetomania of the 21st Century

White supremacy is as American as baseball, apple pie, and Nascar. It is undeniably a deep root that stems to the creation of this metropolis that sits atop the world. Dr. Cartwright may, or may not have been cognizant of the reality that white supremacy was being used to justify the obstruction of black bodies in this country, but his findings did nothing less than to fuel the rage and fury placed upon the Negro skin.

The Manifestations of Whiteness

The Manifestations of Whiteness

Here it was, August 9, 2017. Simone, with her dark brown skin and long black box braids, got off the plane exuding confidence and enthusiasm. Confident, because she was sure that she, simply being a black young woman, would be welcomed with open arms.