“What Are You?”: Identity Politics and Multi-Racial Experiences

I saw this video today, and I fell in love. This video interviewed four multi-racial people describing their experiences with being multi-racial. How they identify even filling out forms, interactions at bars, and “being the answer to racism”. What do you think? Did they mention anything you or someone you know could relate to? Comment below on your thoughts! Continue reading “What Are You?”: Identity Politics and Multi-Racial Experiences

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

Inclusivity Versus Diversity: The Problems with Tokenism

  Updated It takes a lot to accept who you are as a person, and be proud of it. Especially when who you are or who you want to be is different from the so called norm. I draw on experiences of moving to a different city for university. To maintain an income, I transferred locations from one to another. The demographics were different from … Continue reading Inclusivity Versus Diversity: The Problems with Tokenism

Black History Month Profiles: “Confessions of a Fangirl: I can’t get enough of Chimamanda & Michelle”

? It’s time that I just got this off of my chest: I’m absolutely infatuated with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Michelle Obama. Honestly, I could write two separate essays on why these two ladies inspire me so much, and maybe I will one day because I believe that are both already legendary and worthy of note from a historical perspective. But for now, I’ll settle for just… Continue reading Black History Month Profiles: “Confessions of a Fangirl: I can’t get enough of Chimamanda & Michelle”

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

Black History Month Profiles: Why were Black people slaves?

As I mentioned in Why I Hate Black History Month the lack of information I had growing up always irritated me as to the justification of Black History.Time again and again I was reminded my ancestors somewhere down the line were slaves. But  one thing I could never understand was why? Why were people slaves? Why were BLACK people slaves?   “Slavery: the treatment of human beings as … Continue reading Black History Month Profiles: Why were Black people slaves?