Creating the Angry Black Woman

It is a sad truth that in the imaginary of some white people in the United States there is a vivid conjectured  stereotype of ‘the angry black woman.’  There is first the fact that some whites, and indeed most Americans, know that there are many things that might indeed make black women angry, and withContinue reading “Creating the Angry Black Woman”

Overcoming difficult challenges: the lesson of the herder’s stick

Blog March 27 It was a warm, dry afternoon in the savannah lands of West Africa in the mid-1970s. Young people were gathered just next to an outdoor market of a village not far from the main road, and they greeted each other with animation. There was a feeling of anticipation. A boy of aboutContinue reading “Overcoming difficult challenges: the lesson of the herder’s stick”

Pan Africanism is happening in front of our eyes, but not like what we thought

The question of African American (meaning here the historic core black American community from here on called “black Americans”) lack of understanding of Africans and inability to connect with African immigrants today is most often couched in language describing problems of ignorance and the failure of Pan Africanism. I would suggest that it is notContinue reading “Pan Africanism is happening in front of our eyes, but not like what we thought”

Foundations of our Blackness: The Historical Itinerary of Cultural Practice

“To do something and to understand the historical origins of that something, or its larger context, are not the same.” The black people who arrived to the Anglo-American, Spanish and French colonies from the seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth are generally referred to as the ‘Old African Diaspora’ in the scholarly literature.Continue reading “Foundations of our Blackness: The Historical Itinerary of Cultural Practice”

Unbelievable Dancers

In 2011, African American journalist (Washington Post, MSNBC) Eugene Robinson published a book called Disintegration, in which he talked about important changes in the black community of the late 20th and early 21st century, and how these changes are related to class and ethnicity.  He saw the disintegration of the black community as he hadContinue reading “Unbelievable Dancers”

A fragile citizenship?

As I have stated elsewhere, “the political and socio-cultural challenges that are perennial to the African American community of the United States require us to seek new ways to explain the current isolation (social and political) of poor African American communities, and the seeming fragile nature of citizenship that continues to endure for African AmericansContinue reading “A fragile citizenship?”

Black Diversities

Currently the black world stands at an ontological impasse that represents opportunity and challenges. Since the benchmark publication of Mbembe’s Black Reason (2016), the elements of this impasse have increasingly become the subject of public and scholarly debate.  These reflections were complimented and in some ways extended, by Felwine Sarr’s book, Afrotopia. (2016) The complexityContinue reading “Black Diversities”

Why it matters

Black in the African Diaspora – Is that redundant? It may seem like this title is a redundancy, but I want to signify the volatile nature of the term ‘black,’ which has many meanings and is situational. Mostly, I think about how the term ‘black’ signifies, in the United States, anyone with any African ancestor.Continue reading “Why it matters”