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?

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  • 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

    • Whatever

      That was an amazing game!!

  • HowApropos

    Self actualization.

  • 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!

    • 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.

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

    • Dreaming

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

    • 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.

    • @ 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.

    • 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.

  • 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 :-)

    • YEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS sapalogy is where its at

  • Chrissy

    Love the woman’s dress on the far right.