Over the past few weeks there’s been quite a lot of talk around here about the differences (and similarities) between black folks throughout the Diaspora. While many have taken it upon themselves to highlight the differences in our counties of origin and cultures, others have found common ground.

As a black woman from the U.S., I realize that I’m ignorant about some of ways my sistas from around the globe live, work, and operate, but as someone who loves her people, I’m always willing (and wanting) to learn more.

Last year I wrote an article shouting out sistas from around the globe, from Africa to Europe, to South America and right here at home. Many women chimed in to shout out their country, block, culture, and for a moment, it was so beautiful. I wanted to bottle up that closeness and sprinkle it throughout the comments sections of our more, shall I say, contentious articles when things got heated.

But I’m here to re-up a little bit of positivity and sunshine, Clutchettes, and as we get ready to make even more changes here at Clutch to improve our site and hopefully continue to bring you all the content you love and want, I wanted to hear what makes you and your corner of the world so dope.

So tell me, Clutchettes…

Where are you from and what do you want us to know about your city/culture/piece of the world? What makes it & you SO fab?

  • Dreaming

    I’m from Baltimore. I wouldn’t consider Baltimore City as my city. I haven’t lived in Baltimore City for 17 years. Whatever you saw on TV about Baltimore is true, except what doesn’t get shown are the good neighborhoods that are in between the bad. Um, I would say there is nothing fabulous about Baltimore. As far as me, well, I don’t know what makes me fabulous.

  • http://www.muslimahbeauty.com Hafsa

    I’m a Somali living in the UK and even though I wasn’t born and raised there, I feel that my culture runs deep through my veins. I love my Somali food (check out this AMAZING blog on Somali cuisine http://www.xawaash.com), music, clothing (hido iyo daqan, diracs and macawiis!), the dancing (niiko, daanto, buraanbur etc) and my beautiful history.

    Somalia may not be at its best now but, if you just check out what Somalia used to be like, then you’ll be taken back with its beauty. With the war, our women have become stronger and they’re the backbone of our society. My mother is the backbone of my house and she’s imparted a lot of wisdom and that’s what makes me fab; my strong, beautiful, Somali mother!

  • http://www.clutchmagonline.com Britni Danielle

    I LOVE it! I have a special place in my heart for Somalians. My very first “real” boyfriend was Somalian lol. Thanks for sharing Hafsa!

    ~britni

  • http://www.komu-sense.com Angela Ruhinda

    I’m a Tanzanian living in Los Angeles and I want my other brothers and sisters to know how beautiful my country is. The people are so warm and friendly. Dar-es-Salaam has become a fave spot for tourists because of the coastal vibe and vibrant nightlife. I urge all of you to visit at any point in your life. You won’t regret it.

  • Anon

    Being an American.

  • gigi

    I am from Haiti. My people are beautiful, very deep in their belief system, resilient and will do anything in their power to further their children’s education.

  • http://www.heritage1960.com Mazuba kapambwe

    I’m from Zambia and we have 72 languages, are the home of one of the 7 wonders of the world (Victoria Falls) and we just won the African Cup of Nations (soccer) this past February :) #teamZambia

  • HowApropos

    Self actualization.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    Ayiti! Woop woop!

  • The Truth will set you free

    I’m a Jamaican living in the United States. I want eveyone to know that we are so much more than the ‘weed’ and violence that gets portayed. We’re small and proud, and our personalities are as bright as the sunshine. Our reggae music keeps us dancing and the jerk chicken keeps us full. I urge all clutchettes to visit and to see more than just our beautiful beaches :)

    I, for one, love my people throughout the Diaspora and I seek more commonalities than differences. I’ve dated Jamaican, African American, Eithiopian, and Kenyan men!! I love the diversity that we all bring, and i Love this post!

  • mahogany

    I was born in France. I am the child of Congolese (DRC) immigrants and I have been living in the US for now 14yrs. What makes my people special is the way we dress (sapology), the way we dance (ndombolo) and that we always find ways to entertain ourselves despite the misery in the country.
    I embrace all three cultures. I am a congo- franco-american girl! HAHA :-)

  • Chrissy

    Love the woman’s dress on the far right.

  • Alana

    Antigua. Most days, we have champagne lapping onto white beautiful sand and blue blue skies

  • arlette

    omg do you speak swahili coz i am obsessed with the language, i think its the most beautiful african laguage and the easiest to learn. my parents know swahili and they lived in tanzania for a bit.

  • arlette

    i love my rwandan culture soooo much. in england i dont know any african person who thinks of themselves as being english. only outside of england am i identified as an english person otherwise i am just an african person living in england.

  • Imani

    I am a Tanzanian living in Greenville. I love the unity of Tanzanians.

  • Mwendwa

    Wow… I am a Tanzanian too.

  • ebony

    From Uganda with Rwandese heritage. Uganda is the beautiful land locked country that is known as the pearl of Africa. Also the home of notorious Amin and Kony! Melting pot I guess.
    I once read a poem that ended with the line..”the most beautiful women in the world are from East Africa. My black is fabulous because I know my worth.
    This article is great because it calls us to celebrate that which unites us as opposed to tearing each other down. This is why i fell in love with clutch

  • Mwendwa

    I am a Tanzanian living in South Carolina. I love the ideals of my country which are found in our national motto, “Love, peace and unity”. Tanzania is also home to the world’s earliest skull and the highest mountain in Africa called Mt. Kilimanjaro.

  • LemonnLime

    Way to be! Keeping it positive! I’m American originally from Ohio but living in Vermont. I think something that is great about both is the food culture. My family’s recepies which are very much missed back in Ohio and farm to table/ localvore food culture here in Vermont and New Endland.

    As for me, I would say my awesome hair (I’ve won best hair 4 times in my life…just saying) and traveler’s spirit (I’m actually writing this from my hostel in Portugal where I’m backpacking for another week!)

  • Alexandra

    Haitian resilience is something, yeah? Whatever it is, its deeply embedded in the culture and is keeping Haiti together.

    Ayisyen ap toujou kenbe la!

  • bantugoddess

    I am a Zimbabwean, living in Edinburgh Scotland. I love the good nature of my fellow Zimbos. I love the way we find beauty and humour in the most difficult of circumstances. We are a creative, hardworking and resilient people. We have a strong sense of family which goes beyond blood lines and political borders.

  • Candi83

    I was born in Canada but my parents are from Trinidad. Even though I didn’t grow up there, I’m very close to my culture and traditions. Our national dish is roti and it is amazing!! Trinidadian music such as calypso and soca is so expressive and great to dance to. Also the only new musical instrument invention of the 21st century was the steelpan. If you’re looking for something new to do, you should go to Carnival. There are so many great places and things to do in Trinidad (and Tobago), I can go on and on.

  • Fa

    I was born in Toronto, and I currently live in Barbados (my dad’s born here, mom is American). Both places are amazing. Toronto has the best food, the best summer scene, and the most gorgeous people from all over the world. Barbados is just breathtaking, the beaches are insane and the weather is consistently warm and lovely. The people are hilarious and friendly, it’s common to say good morning, good afternoon, and good evening to strangers.

  • Fa

    Don’t tell Barbados, but Jamaica’s my favourite island! I love every single thing about it, but mostly the people’s pride and realness.

  • Dreaming

    I’m not from anywhere special. :(

  • BlackWomen&GirlsNeedLoveToo

    There are over half a billion Black women on this planet and they are ALL amazing. Beautiful article Britni, much thanks sista.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    I’m Blk American but I have grand parent on my dad’s side from East Africa. I’ve lived along the East Cost but I’m originally from NYC.

  • AJ2011

    I’m a black american, a member of one of the most recognized cultures in the diaspora. I have to say the history of black women in this country is what makes us “fab”. Having the first black female pilots, engineers, scholars, physicians, astronauts, and inventors as well as activists, spies, abolitionists, and politicians. Most of these accomplishments happened prior to the Great Depression and the first World War.

    Black American women weren’t just maids and slaves before Civil Rights.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    How is Merlene Otteley viewed in Jamaica? Is track&field really the major sport in Jamaica?

  • Africaaaan

    hey i’m from Zimbabwe too!! uri bho?

  • Dreaming

    Chic Noir – Mmhmmm. The US and Jamaica are rivals in the Track & Field department.

  • http://cakeandeggs.com Brenda

    :L’union fait la force!!

  • Erica

    Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Grew up in Barbados. Living in NYC also two decades. Best place to grow up, sand, sea and surf.

  • Erica

    Correction: almost

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Does it count if I am an Nigerian by way of NYC? Ṣé àláàfíà ni?

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Je n’ai pas haitienne (comment veut dire “haitian” en Francais?) mais j’adore la langue! Je parle Francais un peu!

  • Mwendwa

    You are special…being from Baltimore is also a special part of the tapestry of your origin

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    Love me some soca! * sings* sweet sweet T and T… I have a lot of trini friends I love the culture

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Yooooo, track and field is my favorite sport to watch in the Olympics! (I did track for a bit in high school). My teams to root for are always Nigeria, any other African countries, then the U.S., and then the West Indies.

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    Hey Lemon and Lime, (1) how long is your trip? (2) which countries/cities are you visiting? (3) approximately how much are you spending on your trip in total, plane, hostels included? I am thinking of visiting Europe again (maybe 2013 or 2014) but I would like to plan smarter. If any of these questions are too personal, just let me know, you don’t have to answer.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I’m a crazy Afrikangirl. Holla!!!!:)

  • binks

    Amen, and because of that legacy I am proud to say I am a black American woman by the way of the dirty south specifically New Orleans, La. It’s the jewel of the south where our history, way of life, culture and food makes it a world unto itself. Though we have our problems you can’t leave new Orleans without it rubbing off on you. But big ups to my beautiful black sistahs all across the diaspora I can’t wait to travel across the globe to see how we make an impact.

  • binks

    Hey bantugoddess, how is it living in Scotland in general? I always wanted to pack up and just move there…lol

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS sapalogy is where its at

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    @ Dreaming- Yes the rivarly is huge right now. I just hope Tyson Gay(cutie pie) can stay healthy and the American 4×100 relay can get the baton around the track.

    @agirlformalyknowasgrace- It seems like the only time Track&Field really gets some shine is during the Olympics.

    Francis Obikwelu runs for Spain. I’m hoping Obikwelu will be for the Olympics this summer as it will get very intresting when you have 3 sprinters over 6’4.

  • Dreaming

    Je ne parle aucune langue étrangère, alors j’ai utilisé Google Translate pour comprendre ce que vous êtes tous dit.

  • Mwendwa

    Karibu (Welcome) to Tanzania Binks !

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Dalili,

    If you happen to comment on this thread, Much love mama!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a blessed night

    Your dear sister, AM!

  • Whatever

    That was an amazing game!!

  • Whatever

    I represent Jamaica as well… I’m a Jamerican who absolutely loves the island and all the culture it has to offer! I totally agree with being more than just the stereotypes you see as well.

    I can’t wait for the olympics to see Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell bring home golds :)

    Also, we celebrate our 50th year of Independence this August.

  • http://addfyahandstir.wordpress.com Shasha

    Hi Alana and Britni and fellow Cluchettes, I was born and still live in Antigua and Barbuda, but I must say that I am a bit overdue on my champagne on the beach, lol. I love living here, I love the food and try to eat clean and fresh as often as possible. I really should go to the beach more often and our annual carnival promises the best parties ever!

    Antiguans and Barbudans are loving and resilient people, we laugh a lot, party and pray hard.

  • Dalili

    Hello Darling!

    I hope you had a fantastic day!

    XOXOXO sent your way too! Have a great night!

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    @ dreaming, mort de rire

  • Seriously?

    ^~^ A Caribbean Chick here!
    Representing Roatan and what makes us so fab?
    because we ARE :P
    A lil island getting lots of love and fab as of late with one of the best places to go scuba diving !

  • BloominLotus

    I’m African American. My father is from Ghana and my mother is from Charleston, NC. I currently live in Switzerland. I LOVE who and I am, where I come from, and the opportunities that lie ahead!

  • QueenOfCastle

    Didn know there were so many fellow Haitains on Clutch. :)

  • malkia

    Well I am from Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa)…home of Baba Obama (baba in Swahili meaning daddy), home of the Great Wilder beast migration (one of the great wonders of the world), Masai Mara, home of 42 ethnic communities, we speak Swahili, home of the Great Rift Valley.

    What makes women here so fab? We smart, we value education and we love our families. Women are the backbone of Kenya as they are in most of Africa. I am a proud African and I believe that I am blessed to have been born here and live here.

    This shows the beauty of my country and its people

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIBHuqeis3U

    Great post!

  • ebony

    Loving the red head wrap. Rock it sista

  • http://www.facebook.com/naturalisme char

    Half Bahamian, Half Turks & Caicos Islander. I love my people through the good, the bad and the ugly. For the Bahamian side – I love how we are fearless, how we strive to elevate ourselves and the fact that we are proud to be Bahamian. From an early age you know what it means to be Bahamian, you learn to be proud of the water, the sand and the sky.
    On my TCI side I love, love, love hearing the old stories bout roasting corn and beating conch, working the salt, I love remembering it was a little over 15 years ago you could stand in the road and a car wouldn’t pass by for what seemed like forever. I love watching our people grow just as our big sister country the bahamas has. And i love that we are a friendly people. i’m an island girl through and through. no matter where i go, the island is the only home i know.

    and on both sides i love the food. mmmmmm. good food can’t done.

  • freebee33

    I was born in New York, but my family is from Belize (I also lived there for a while) and our culture makes us fab from brukdown to bile up! lol

  • Dalili

    My land is Kenya, breathtakingly beautiful, complicated and loved beyond measure.
    She is the birth place of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (Wangari Maathai), father to the first African-American President of the Unites States of America and a large # of the world’s legendary long distance runners. She’s also home to the big five, some of the most beautiful beaches and coast towns. Nairobi, her capital is a veritable melting pot.

    I am most proud of my heritage which not only pulls from 42 distinct ethnic groups, but also from Indian and Arabic cultures as well….and it shows; in our music, our food and our languages. My people are resilient and resourceful. I am honored to be a Kenyan, now and always.

  • JMThoughts

    I’m sorry…. but why have there been so many comparative articles on here? And every time it’s by Britni? I’m not trying to be mean…. but where is the variety?

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    Hi JMT – Not true. There hasn’t been many from us – but our commenter/comment sections does the comparison. Also – this isn’t the post to discuss – we are trying to celebrate each other in this post not start a back and forth or examine why. Please direct questions to [email protected]

    Thanks!

  • Dalili

    Asante sana for sharing the video! :-) That was beautiful!

  • Tricia

    I’m representing the country of Trinidad & Tobago, in the Caribbean!! We are known as being boldfaced and easy going yet proud!!! Trinidad & Tobago has The Pitch Lake and The Nylon Pool among other delights. A mix of races living together in peace (never had a war!). We also have roti, pelau…. lots of really, really sweet food!!!

    Very family oriented and giving!!! I am fab, because I am myself!! Nothing hidden!! What you see is what you get!!! I’m a Trini!!!!!

  • Truth

    I’m so proud of my sisters across the world, I enjoyed reading your stories. I’m a Southern girl from a city in North Carolina. My mom’s a B-more native and my dad’s a country boy who loves to fish and hunt. I get my love of culture and reading from my ma dukes and my love of nature from my dad’s side of the family. Although, the accent isn’t always very strong, I’m proud to from the South despite our reputation elsewhere. This is where it all began for African Americans and our influence can be seen across the world. I’m art shows, books, hip hop, r&b, rock, fly kicks, fried chicken, collard greens, falafel, history geek, burgeoning gardener, soon-to-be college graduate, and so much more. And that’s what makes me so fab. Rock on ladies!

  • http://www.facebook.com/naturalisme char

    I thought about what you wrote most of the day, that nothing is special about where you are from. Dig into your family history and find out who you are and where you came from. Discover the milestones in your family life. Do something to make Baltimore special. Do soemthing that leaves its stamp on Baltimore and on your family.

  • Robbie

    As I have said many times on Clutch I am French. I am black and representing the country of France. My beloved land and those of my ancestors outside of Africa that I cherish despite all of its imperfection. There were a couple of articles on the black French diaspora but at the end of the day, my country, my culture will always be a part of me. I may not understand the culture of other black people in the diaspora but I still love my people.

  • LemonNLime

    Hey girlformerlyknownasgrace no problem, always happy to help! Im backpacking in just Portugal for two weeks. I did the multi country thing once before and was EXHAUSTED after so I opted for just one country this time. I will have spent about $1500 – $1750 for everything by th time im done i feel very confident about that even thougj i i still have a full week to go.

    I will say this, I have several other friends interested in budgeting and backpacking so I’m keeping notes of my trip and budget to write a post on my blog. If you check it, say next Monday, it will be updated with my Portugal trip post and one backpacking and budgeting: http://wanderingwalton.tumblr.com/ and I’ll gladly answer any questions you have. Btw sorry for the typos I’m typing from I’m iPod.

  • http:www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com Chic Noir

    Bloominlotus,
    What made you move to Switzerland?

    I’m curious cause a sista been thinking about moving somewhere cold.

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com girlformerlyknownasgrace

    I will def check it out!

  • Dreaming

    Char – That will be tough.

  • bantugoddess

    @ Africaaan ndiri bhoo ! uri right? @ Binks, you so should its a great city, crappy weather though!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://thesweet7.com Nyree

    I am BLACK. …. An island girl representing the Caribbean, my island home is ST.LUCIA. I left in 1996 to go to university in Miami. I got married, moved to Vermont lived there for 5 years. I later had my daughter. Then we moved to Virginia, been here for the last 3 years, … and I recently had my almost 5 month old son.

    I will admit that sites like yours make me see how much we actually have in common!

    LOVE.

    Nyree
    TheSweet7.com

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