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I Am African American

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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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    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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 21

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

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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 5 Responses Dec 11, 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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    And regardless of the hate,

    I love my beautiful brown skin. I love the fact that my hair is natural. I love my small stomach and nice curves. I also love my beautiful African American men.
    Hteag Hteag 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    Yaas, I am. Well...technically I'm only 1/4th,

    but I consider myself African American. .-.
    Waffl3s Waffl3s 13-15, F 4 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    Am I the only one who gets discriminated by

    not only other races but my own.
    baltimoresadvocate baltimoresadvocate 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 28

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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 4 Responses Dec 20, 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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    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 6 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    One might be inclined to wonder 'how did we get

    here?' In Georgia a vet who was suffering from psychological issues was killed two weeks ago by police. The cop who shot him felt threatened because the vet would not obey his commands. The man was naked and he was Black. A week ago In Texas two suspects were handcuffed by...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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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 10 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Born and raised in America,

    but I have parents from Nigeria
    coachaxel coachaxel 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 29

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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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    Week 1- Super Bowl Week 2- Grammys Week 3- All

    Star Week Week 4- Oscars. Four events that take place back to back in February to make us forget black history month.
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 18-21, M 5 Responses Feb 19

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    I am descended from a slave

    that ran off and joined a Cree village. What is sad, though, is that I have not found his name, but rather the number that was used to identify him in the records. Nowadays, people would never know just by looking at me that I'm an African-Cree descendant.
    wohaliunega wohaliunega 22-25, M Apr 23

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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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    "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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    Hello all. I wanted to know how you feel

    when you are labeled as light skin or dark skin. I can't stand it when other African Americans use this skin color thing to divide us even more. I will never claim light skin. I am Black!
    fjgreen95 fjgreen95 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 10

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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 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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    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 8 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    And sadly, the reason

    why movies like "Selma" are still relevant, and why we have to keep talking about it, is because some moron is always ready to ask, "Why isn't there a 'WHITE History Month' or 'historical WHITE colleges' ?" They quote Martin Luther King, Jr., without a clue about the times in...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 5 Responses Mar 11

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    Some moron is always asking

    or commenting, "The Africans sold their own people into slavery !" I guess some people don't realize that just like there are different nationalities in Europe, there are different nationalities within the African continent. And not just different races. Different nationalities...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 5 Responses Apr 18

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    DaRealystChick DaRealystChick 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 22

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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 7 Responses Oct 15, 2014

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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 18-21, F 19 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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

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    Say it Loud! I'm black

    and i'm proud!
    Lauraluvsyou Lauraluvsyou 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 2

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    "The black skin is not a badge of shame

    but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness" Happy Black History Month !
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 2

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    315 people killed by police in 2015.

    % are Black? Instead of the guy who told Black folks about a dream, maybe the guy who told black folks to wake up should've been followed.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 8

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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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    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 9 Responses Dec 27, 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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    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 14 Responses May 27, 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 Jan 19

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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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    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'm African American

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

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    So my friend texted me to say

    that her brother asked if I was Blasian... WOW.
    PersistentRage PersistentRage 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 2

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