Identity Conflicts Aren’t Just for Mixed People. I’m Black and I Have Them, Too

“To white Americans, I’m black. To black Americans, I’m African. To Africans, I’m Nigerian and to Nigerians, I’m Urhobo—my father’s ethnic group located in the Delta region of the country—although my parents are from two different ethnic groups. My mother is Yoruba…
I get antsy when asked, “Where are you from?” and usually just blurt out “Nigeria” because it accounts for my name’s origins, which is often what the curiosity on the part of the person asking is about. But when people ask if I was born there and I explain that I wasn’t, it usually leads to follow-up questions…
…some people assume that I’ve always been here and want to know where in the States I’m from. I don’t really know how to answer that. Is it where I went to college? Or is it where I now live…
Having traveled, lived and claimed citizenship in so many different places, I don’t feel entirely comfortable picking a simplified cultural identity. For now I’m working on ways to tailor my answers to suit the questions I’m asked, while keeping them easy to understand and still true to who I am.”

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Smarter than Einstein, Philip Emeagwali, IQ 190

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Interview with Philip Emeagwali @ IOD London

Community Village‘s insight:

Philip Emeqgwali is a pioneering researcher in computer technology with an IQ of 190, higher than Einstein.

His U.S. degrees are from George Washington University and the University of Maryland, as well as a doctoral fellowship from the University of Michigan.

As he explains the history of African science, the thought came to me that Africans created all people. Respecting our forefathers includes respecting Africans.

“The Internet as we know it today did not cross my mind,” Emeagwali told TIME. “I was hypothesizing a planetary-sized supercomputer and, broadly speaking, my focus was on how the present creates the future and how our image of the future inspires the present.”

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Alia Shawkat (Kurdish, Irish, Norwegian) [American]

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Alia Shawkat (Kurdish, Irish, Norwegian) [American]

Known as: TV & Film Actress

TV: Mae “Maeby” Fünke in “Arrested Development, “State of Grace”, “The Starter Wife”,

Movies: “Cedar Rapids”, “Whip It”, “Ruby Sparks”, “The Lie”, “Rebound”, “The Runaways”, “Deck the Halls”, “Queen of Cactus Cove”

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Richard Ayoade (Norwegian/Nigerian)

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Flashback Thursday: Richard Ayoade (Norwegian/Nigerian) [British]


Known as: Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director (Former president of Cambridge’s prestigious Footlights Dramatic Club)


TV: “The IT Crowd”, “The Mighty Boosh”, “Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy”, “Man to Man with Dean Learner”, “Nathan Barley”, “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace”


Directed: “Submarine” (Movie), “Man to Man with Dean Learner” (TV), “Community” (TV), “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” (TV), Music Videos for Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys


Movies: “Neighborhood Watch” (Upcoming in 2012), “Bunny and the Bull”

Megalyn Echikunwoke – Daily Multiracial

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(Nigerian-Igbo, German, Scots-Irish) [American]   Known as: Actress and model   TV: “The 4400”, “CSI:Miami”, “Spyder Games”, “Like Family”, “That 70’s Show”, “24”, “House of Lies”, “90210”

Slash – Daily Multiracial

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(Anglo-Jewish/African-American/Nigerian) [American]   Known as: Famous guitarist (best known as a member of the band “Guns N’ Roses” and co-founder of “Velvet Revolver”)
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