Dr. Yaba Blay has been on a mission to uncover what it means to be Black.

Is Blackness solely defined by skin color? Cultural ties? Attitude? Conditioning? Through her  (1) Drop Project, and now forthcoming book, (1)ne Drop, Shifting the Lens on Race, Blay “seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and a lived reality.”

Here’s a description of her project via Kickstarter:

(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and a lived reality. Featuring the perspectives of 60 contributors representing 25 countries and combining candid narratives with simple yet striking portraiture, this “BOOKUMENTARY” provides living testimony to the diversity of Blackness.

(1)ne Drop takes the very literal position that in order for us to see Blackness differently, we have to see Blackness differently.

Although she was aiming to raise $13,500 via the crowd-funding platform to help publish her book and start the indie publishing company, BLACKprint–which will publish non-fiction works by Black authors–Blay has garnered nearly $18,000 in donations. And while she’s met her goal, any additional funds she raises between now and August 31, will go toward getting BLACKprint off the ground.

Learn more about Dr. Blay’s book, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, and BLACKprint on the Kickstarter website.

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  • WhatIThink

    If they don’t identify as black on a daily basis why are you trying to expand blackness to cover them?

    This isn’t about a one drop rule, it is about expanding a meaning of black to the point where it becomes meaningless and it is stupid.

    If you don’t identify as black, support black issues and don’t feel that black identity is important, then you cant seriously pretend that they are “black”.

    Case in point, you can go to many countries in South and/or central America and see folks with very black skin not identifying themselves as black on the census.

    So to me, the issue is not a one drop rule, the issue is self love and identification as black no matter how black you are, since some of the biggest haters of being black are people that are COAL black.

    No amount of trying to dilute the concept of blackness by an endless obsession on people with the tiniest amount of black blood will change the stigma associated with being black in a culture built on destroying blackness. Until the forces at play that are working to destroy blackness are put to rest then there is no point trying to pretend that we can change the focus off of the core issue which has always been blackness itself starting with the deepest darkest shades of black.

  • i am proud to be black. i am not interested in having every mongrel from where ever let into the black club.

    • I didn’t know you was the President of the Black club. Hell I didn’t even know their was a club and I could join at will. You don’t get to decide what someones race is.

    • oh, but the white man can decide who is white?
      and push the mongrels onto us? you ok with that right?

    • Candy

      Calling someone a mongrel is incredibly offensive.

    • and calling a mongrel black is offensive to me…..

    • Beautiful Mic

      @jamesfromphilly –

      Most blacks of Western Hemispheric and/or colonial lineage have European slave rape ancestry, regardless of features. This makes the most of us mongrels as well – even someone like you.

  • B

    I reject the one drop rule because it treats Black blood like and contaminant.

    • Kay

      How is it contamination if you have black features you are BLACK! If people don’t like it hell marry white and allow your kids to marry white then you’ll get your wish! Until then shut up!

  • RenJennM

    I definitely want to follow this project. It seems interesting. I’m going start with watching the interviews Dr. Blay had on CNN.