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    I'm not trying to start an argument

    but are we really connected to Africa?
    Princeofnothing Princeofnothing 18-21, M 7 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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    my mother raised my sister

    and me in her own way so we could grow up and act like the princesses she raised us to be. I vowed to never become a "statistic" or live up to the stereotype. My children will also be taught the same and hopefully this legacy will spread through generations
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    I am an African American.

    And I'm proud to be one. I love my people. We are so colorful and full of life. However. One factor that upsets me is when a fellow African American tells me " girl you are not black! You are white washed!" Why? Is it because I don't walk around using slang and talk in...
    ChelseyMonique ChelseyMonique 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    Dolls Can Tell Secrets

          Dolls can tell secrets. I know this sounds crazy, but its true. When I was a kid I had alot of barbie dolls, most of them were white. I would sit happily in my room for hours talking to them and brushing their silkey hair. Then one day when I was four...
    joon joon 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 17, 2007

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    I'm African American

    and I'm proud to say it.
    Hidden4eternity Hidden4eternity 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2014

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    Say it Loud! I'm black

    and i'm proud!
    Lauraluvsyou Lauraluvsyou 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    By African American, I mean

    that my ancestors were enslaved here in the United States. I'm sure that even far removed, there are still traces of African identity that lives on through traditions and perhaps even mannerisms. Although we have faced a lot of discrimination as a people, I wouldn't want to...
    eartheyes82 eartheyes82 31-35, M 5 Responses Oct 15, 2014

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    I am proud of my hertiage

    and I love my skin color and Im thankful to be born into such a strong and powerful race.
    alycia12 alycia12 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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    I wish I knew more of my heritage.

    I do not claim myself as Native American, that would be disrespectful since I haven't any proof. All I have aside from photos, family talks, and clairvoyance is that my grandparents on both sides had Native American (Choctaw and Cherokee) blood. Supposedly a branch of my family...
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 16

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    cuz I'm proud to be and aafrican aamerican bc I

    know I'm free. I got lips and the booty and the dark dark skin and Its beautiful to me lol
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 7 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    I was a sales manager conducting business with

    a client in an upscale neighborhood called 'Marina Del Rey' in California at one time. A middle aged white man approached me handing me his keys to his new Lincoln and said, "You're the valet right? Will you park that for me?"...for a second there I almost took those keys.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 8 Responses Oct 8, 2014

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    400 Years Free

    We was general & politicians before Obama’s office Before slavery, during & after; we had the knowledge Organized how we frolic What happened? How to break a man, Willy Lynch & friends way back when Ya’ll don’t want to hear it ‘cause they endured it but then again that...
    Sufri84 Sufri84 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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    "my Country 'tis Of Thee" ~ Abolitionist Verses (by A.g. Duncan, 1843)

    My country, 'tis of thee, Stronghold of slavery, of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Where men man’s rights deride, From every mountainside thy deeds shall ring! My native country, thee, Where all men are born free, if white’s their skin...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 7 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    Not Black Enough?

    I'm sure a lot of us have dealt with this, but shall we open the discussion of what is means to be Black? Biologically, it's merely due to the amount of melanin in our skin, making us darker than most people. Our facial features and bodily features vary as well, but mostly, are...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 13 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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    Am Not Ashamed to Be Who I Am

     Although there are times I feel alone, I accept who I am as an individual, independent of what others think of me. I am not ashamed of being African American simply because I AM NOT ASHAMED OF BEING ME!! I am not ashamed of being male because, for example, some other males...
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 28 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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    From the Kennedy Center Honours in New York,

    1991. The Morehouse College Glee Club pays tribute to one of the honourees, Chorale Leader Robert Shaw with their signature Christmas song, "Betelehemu". Happy Holidays !
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    Born in Mississippi. Born into poverty.

    Born into a disadvantage. Been fighting since high school to change my circumstances but the world is set up for people where I'm from to stay there. I don't understand how so many people degrade people who don't want to get an education, get a job, build a career, change...
    SheIsHealing SheIsHealing 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    LovelyLadyJ LovelyLadyJ 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2014

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    "Behold The Star" ~ Morehouse/Spelman college

    choirs (this is an African American spiritual from their annual Christmas concert) Happy Holidays to all !!
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 6 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    Actually I'm just a United States Citizen.

    Muhammad Ali said it best. *After defeating George Foreman for the heavyweight title in Zaire, Muhammad Ali returned to the United States where he was asked by a reporter, “Champ, what did you think of Africa?” Ali replied, “Thank God my granddaddy got on that boat.”
    Eitan Eitan 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 20, 2014

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    One white man's head gets cut off in another

    country the U.S.Air force spends billions to bomb that country into the next stone age. Several Black men are gunned down in this country and everyone is urged to protest peacefully. When everyone does protest peacefully they are assaulted, pepper sprayed, beaten, and arrested...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    What Does This Mean?

    Does it mean I should listen only to music made by Blacks or African Americans? Should I play basketball, rap and dance? How about where weave, braids, dreadlocks? Should I be a gangster, or sassy with my fingers snapping? Or should it mean that I just happen to be Black, and...
    NorthWind NorthWind 26-30, F 12 Responses Dec 19, 2006

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    Everyday I feel people look down on me

    because of my race. I looked around at most of the cliques at my old school and saw that MOST of them where either all black or all white. I guess that's one of the reasons why I chose to go to my college because of diversity. I want everyone to be comfortable with each other no...
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    I love being black. Being African American in

    America is harder for most African-Americans but we always find a way to make one another laugh. Hopefully, we will truly live in a equal, post racial society.
    MarleyQuinn MarleyQuinn 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My father thinks black women are worthless.

    My father is slowly trying to make us believe that black women are trash. Whenever a black woman comes on TV, my father calls her garbage, or trash. He says he would've never, ever gotten with a black woman. Mind you, he is black himself. He thinks white women are better. They're...
    duClo duClo 18-21, T 11 Responses Oct 9, 2012

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    I just think that our culture focuses on the

    outside much more than the inside? As a fellow black woman, hair and beauty doesn't take priority in my life as I am mostly too busy trying to do some soul-searching and bettering myself in other areas. It's like society always tries to push this ideal down ppl's throats...
    princessbopeep princessbopeep 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Ro5e Ro5e 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    The world recently lost two amazing

    and phenomenal women: the Poet Laureate Maya Angelou (1928-2014) and the renown actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1922-2014, widow of the late actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, 1917-2005)Both women believed one person CAN make a difference. And each of them...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 9 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    I'm an African American too

    and I love myself. I love my pretty brown skin. Thank you lord!
    whyisitsohard44 whyisitsohard44 41-45, F 2 Responses May 21, 2014

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    HeyItsJosh HeyItsJosh 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 26, 2014

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    I am neither African

    nor American but I can't help but admire and appreciate the African American community for their strength, patience and wisdom. Reading their history and all the hardships they've faced always brings tears to my eyes. It saddens me that even today they face so much...
    righteouschica righteouschica 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 28, 2014

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    The Skin Tone Battle

    I'm proud to be an African American, but there is something that I am not proud of that we as a people do. The whole light skin, brown skin, dark skin battle is ridiculous. Why do we need to hate one another over skin tone? It's so ignorant. Whether you're light, brown, or dark...
    PenelopeParfait PenelopeParfait 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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    In 1983, Congress voted overwhelmingly to

    approve legislation to honor the memory of the late Martin Luther King Jr. by observing a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January. But not every elected official was onboard with the effort.Now the decades-old issue of who opposed making MLK Day a holiday has...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Why Arent Blacks (or Afro Americans) Just As Focused About Our Planet Earth, As We Are About Our Civil Rights?

    Does caring about our civil rights mean that we cannot care as much about our planet Earth? I know that its hard being black/African American (or any other minority) in America. We're constantly fighting for equality, equal rights and pay, as well as many other things in America...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    You Think You're White

    In English, we capitalize words that are important; for that, I am Black with a capital "B". In elementary, middle, and high school, I did not fit in with the other Black students and most of my friends were White.  I was teased by other Black students...
    brujis brujis 19-21, F 20 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    And proud to be so. But things are a bit crazy

    over here for us right more.well lets be honest its always been crazy for us but things are a bit different right now. The civil rights protests were a bit before my time but I've read about the protests. I've read about the times when my people came together, made a stand and...
    LovelyLadyJ LovelyLadyJ 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    I never really understand the thinking here.

    I'm not from Africa and I don't practice things of the many cultures there. If I were to be categorized I would be considered this by society regardless if it's the appropriate thing or not. I personally say I'm just American.
    Vicvoss Vicvoss 13-15, M 4 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    No Man Want Black!-Black ******* are CRAZY AND

    UGLY!!!! Children of my husband have Black mother. Black is WORST MAMA!!!! Niggeer NOT deserve children!
    Bergenbabe Bergenbabe 36-40, F 9 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    I love being black, but I hate

    that our African culture was robbed from us. Yeah there's black culture, but great as some aspects of it can be, it has its roots in the negativity that we've endured over the generations. I wish I knew what country I came from, had specific holidays, a specific language...
    phenxmenal phenxmenal 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    The Shout Out

    There is nothing like the sound of a symphony of car doors locking as I pass in front of them walking across the street at a red light. Unless the windows are made of a special non breakable glass the locking of the doors is just a shout out, "Hey! Just wanted you to know as you...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 6 Responses May 29, 2013

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    Every person in America is technically African

    American regardless of race. Every human on the planet is African, I am African and one day I hope to return to the motherland. Where should I go? Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, or should I go to the Caribbean like St. Lucia or Barbados
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M Dec 9, 2014

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    Although African Americans endured many,

    many struggles, I am proud to be black. I love my heritage and wouldn't want to change it for anything. Our ancestors went through so much misery, and pain back in their days.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 12, 2014

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    I am mixed with African American on my dad's

    side. He is mixed with African American and Native American. idk what percentage that makes me T.T... love my curly hair, i rock an afro in rl and am proud $_$
    EchoesInTwistedMeadows EchoesInTwistedMeadows 22-25 Sep 26, 2014

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    Natural Hair

    Hey guys. I just wanted to share my story on accepting my natural hair. So I got my first relaxer when I was in the 5th grade. It was my graduation ceremony. I longed to look like the images of celebrities that I saw on tv, being to stupid and naive to know that they had wigs and...
    DanaHarrell DanaHarrell 22-25, F 9 Responses Apr 21, 2013

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    I May Be Black But I Like White Men.

    There I said it. I am into interracial relationships. It's not that I won't give black men a chance. Some are very attractive. But white men (and I'm sorry to say this) have priorty. Unless of course the black man is Tyrese Gibson. That is one sexy Motha Flucker. I'll have...
    lilskyy lilskyy 18-21, F 69 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    I'm Not An Angry Person, But...

    I realise I have a 'filter' through which I view the world, based on my life and experiences as a black person. It was more difficult than some, much less difficult than others, still I have little patience with people who wish I would forget the history behind being African...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 13 Responses May 27, 2012

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    To quote my baby sister,

    when a bully once tried to tell her she "wasn't black enough" (whatever the hell THAT ever means): "This ain't a club---you CAN'T kick me out. I'm black---as black as I need to be. DEAL with it."
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 8 Responses Oct 15, 2014

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    In class today my teacher said with

    such confidence that Oprah is the first woman billionaire and her race doesn't matter. She nulled out the fact that she is the first black woman to be a billionaire. I was freaking pissed, what do you all think?
    WinterSkyout WinterSkyout 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 24, 2014

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    As a person of color

    why are other races always surprised that I speak proper English and that I am educated? this is such a turn off? I despise the term ghetto because it seems to be directed towards blacks.