African Americans

Yes, Black People Care About Education Too

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The spate of recent news about stellar Black teens being accepted to Ivy League intuitions has started quite a debate. While many have congratulated the young men on their accomplishments, others used the occasion to offer a diss to African-Americans by arguing, “More Black folks...

Must Read: On the Complicated Relationship Between Africans and African-Americans

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Ever since I wrote about Amy ‘Tiger Mom’ Chua’s new book The Triple Package, I’ve been feeling some type of way about the comments. While I expected readers to either agree or disagree with Chua’s premise that some cultures are just better and more successful...

Black People & Fried Chicken- A Love Affair in Advertising

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  A few weeks ago I attempted to “research” where the notion that all black people loved fried chicken evolved from. By research, I mean I searched Google, of course. Even though I couldn’t find any information,  I was given alternate search ideas such as,...

Crabs or The Barrel: Pulling Each Other Down

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Dear advanced animals humans, Time after time, I keep being referenced in your discord. Well, enough. I come from a long line of crustaceans. There are over 6,000 species of us, give or take. Marine water, freshwater, land, we have shown an amazing tendency to...

Blacks’ Voting Rights Face Big Test

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When the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, president Lyndon Johnson didn’t spare the hyperbole. “Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield,” he said, adding later, “today, we strike away the last...

Hashing Out The Diasporic Beef

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It happened out of nowhere. Suddenly, seamlessly, my Nigerian acquaintances became my closest friends. Throughout my foray into Nigerian culture, I’m reminded often enough of that persistent, deep prejudice held by Africans toward African-Americans. But I shouldn’t take this personal. We don’t trust each other...