The Oreo Effect: The Conflicting Identity of Being Black in a Western State

Yesterday I wrote about having seemingly conflicted identities in my previous post “You Don’t Seem Black“; being an Oreo and having to  balance the scale my Blackness. W.E B. Du Bois writes in his book “The Souls Of Black Folk” about the concept of a double consciousness. It can be defined in  Du Bois’ experiences as reconciling his African heritage with an upbringing in a … Continue reading The Oreo Effect: The Conflicting Identity of Being Black in a Western State

“You Don’t Seem … Black”: Having to Justify my Identity

As I am visibly Black , I have been told many times unprovoked that I act ghetto because I like R&B and like chicken (which I don’t know why liking chicken is a “Black” thing), or I’m an oreo because I can’t fluently speak Patois and like drinking lattes. I have to be either or which I have stated I’m not. So growing up I … Continue reading “You Don’t Seem … Black”: Having to Justify my Identity

Black History Month Profiles: Happy Birthday Ms. Nina Simone

84 years ago today, the singer was born in North Carolina on February 21st, 1933; she was the sixth of eight children. This singer was known for her distinct vocals, and stage presence while performing. Having playing the piano regularly for the community choir by the time she was six, she had garnered much attention. Though she also had encounters with civil rights at a young … Continue reading Black History Month Profiles: Happy Birthday Ms. Nina Simone

Black History Month Profiles: Beyoncé’s Lemonde

After her 20 plus years in the music industry, many felt that at the 59th Grammys, Beyonce was a shoein to win the coveted album of the year for Lemonade. Rewind to last year’s halftime show performance, Beyonce had debuted her new single ‘Formation’ to the world during her performance along side Bruno Mars and the Main artist of the event Coldplay.   Her performance … Continue reading Black History Month Profiles: Beyoncé’s Lemonde