Dr. Yaba Blay on Totally Biased

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Dr. Yaba Blay is the author of 1ne Drop – Shifting the Lens on Race

In this interview she explains why she prefers the term Black over African-American.

Counting People of Color | Damali Ayo

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“I went through a phase where anytime I was in a crowd, I counted the number of people of color– out loud so whomever I was with could hear me. Eventually my friends started doing the same thing. Then they started noticing the dearth of people of color in situation after situation, then in their own lives, and then…they realized they had to change that.” -Damali
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Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He’s White?

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“President Obama embodies and embraces tough questions about race like few others. His ever-evolving racial identity questions the construction of the color line.

Wouldn’t it be real progress to admit that an increasing number of people who identify with monoracial identities like black and white might also be mixed?”

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(1)ne Drop: Dr. Yaba Amgborale Blay & Rosa Clemente

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(1)ne Drop Producer, Dr. Yaba Amgborale Blay and Hip Hop Activist Rosa Clemente discuss Black Identity and issues of nomenclature during the “Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Test: De-constructing Black & Brown” panel at the 5th Annual Redefining African American Conference. [23 February 2010] For more information about the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), please visit http://www.cccadi.org To view the “Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Test” panel in its entirety, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/cccadi
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Joanne « 1ne Drop


“Whenever I hear people make negative comments about Michael Jackson, or speak about how they think that he bleached his skin on purpose, I get really annoyed and become very defensive. They don’t really know what his story was. I believe he had vitiligo. Nobody knows what he looked like beyond his hands and his face. His body could have been brown. Or he could have been all one color. Look at me. He was a popular entertainer, and even though I didn’t want to bleach my own skin, I could understand why he might want to do that. But I don’t think that he did it just because he wanted to look White.”Joanne Stewart
“African American”
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Tamara « 1ne Drop


“I hear the Black girl’s cry and the White girl’s cry and the Black man’s cry and the White man’s cry, but it’s very seldom that you hear the cries of people who are mixed up like me. Seldom that you really hear what we go through. I just don’t feel like there’s a space for us. The field slave has a right to be angry at the house slave because they’re thinking ‘We sweating and you in there working in the house.’ But does the field slave understand what the house slave is going through? She’s being raped. She’s a product of rape. Maybe she doesn’t want to be who she is. Maybe she doesn’t want to take care of Massa every minute of the day. Maybe she’d prefer to be a field slave and dark skinned as opposed to being light skinned and in the house. But you wouldn’t know because you didn’t bother to ask. So when I go somewhere and people have their issues with me, I’m like ‘You are the ones creating an issue.’ And when we as a people keep doing that, we keep creating a cycle that’s really negative.”Tamara Thomas
“Black”
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Ariel « 1ne Drop


“In Cuba, some people don’t see me as Black. Even Black people will deny my Blackness. Since I was a child, people gave me different names like ‘el chino’ because when I was younger I was really looking more like a Chinese. And then they called me names connected with my race and my ethnicity like ‘mulatto’ or ‘moro.’ They tried to emphasize that I was different because my skin is Black, but my hair is ‘White.’ So for many people in Cuba, I am mulatto or I am interracial – they don’t consider me Black. I think it goes back to the plantation days when slaves had a child with the owner, and for being less dark, that child would have a better job and a better position in society. Cuba has a long history of Whiteness in that sense – many Black people consider themselves as moving forward in society when they marry somebody White or when their kids are less dark.”Ariel “Asho” Fernández-Diáz
“Black”
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Sean « 1ne Drop


“My fiancée and I are planning to have children. But at the same time, maybe I don’t want a child with albinism because I know what I went through. And even though I would be able to sympathize with that child, and try to guide them the best way I could, I really can’t live for them. I wouldn’t want them to experience the same things I went through. Either way, even if I have a child with skin color, their father doesn’t look like them. Their friends are gonna see me and be like ‘Why does your dad look like that?’”Sean Gethers
“Black / African American”
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Sosena « 1ne Drop


“In my experience, it’s been my hair that’s been more of an issue than my skin color. People totally change the way they treat me when my hair is different. If my hair is straight, people don’t look twice. They think I’m Indian, so I guess I look safe. But if my hair is curly, all of sudden it’s an issue. I’m risky. ‘What is she? Is she Black? She can’t be Black. She has some mix of something, but she’s definitely got some Black.’”Sosena Solomon
“Ethiopian”
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Meron « 1ne Drop


“People say ‘Oh, you’re Ethiopian?! Oh my gosh! You’re one of the most gorgeous people!’ Then I have to have a conversation about ‘Well why do you think we’re the most gorgeous out of ‘all the other Africans’? Why do you say that? What is it in particular?’ And then they start to stutter because what they would consider to be beautiful a lot of times isn’t what other people might identify as African in terms of skin tone and hair texture and so on. Some of these characteristics that people would identify with Ethiopians we have to clarify is only certain tribes in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is a huge country with many different ethnic groups so there are people who like they’re from the Sudan, others look like they’re from Somalia, and some look like the Massai. Southern Ethiopia does not look like the people from Northern Ethiopia. So what Ethiopia are you talking about? And what Ethiopia gets put out there as the image representing all of Ethiopia? If I were to pull out somebody that doesn’t represent that image, would you still refer to us as the most gorgeous women around? I hope so.”Meron Wondwosen
“Ethiopian / African / Black”
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