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Culture Shock

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    In Order for Black Americans to Appropriate African Cultures…

    Last weekend, my Twitter feed was bustling with conversation surrounding the interactions between Black Americans and Africans in the United States. The conversation was inevitable considering the the people I follow, but the content of this conversation proved to be distinct from the previous ones that I have observed surrounding this topic. ...

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    ‘You Are Not Like Most [Fill In The Blank]’

    When these words leave your lips, understand that you have opted for rigid boxes over spectrums and swimming pools over oceans. When your tongue dances to the syncopation of this statement you have spoken, you'll probably smile, fully believing that these words are meant to be some sort of compliment to the receiving ear. ...

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    One Aspect of American Culture I Will Never Get Used To

    This past Monday, I walked into my Genetics class rather early. So early, in fact, that I had 40 minutes to spare till class would begin. I walked in and my other classmate was sitting there. We know each other and we have shared classes together. In fact, at one point, she was a lab partner in a previous course. But when I walked in and saw her, I was prepared to tell her hi. She said nothing. Absolutely nothing ...

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    On Being a Black TCK/Expat: I Liked it Better When I Was Colorblind.

    I have two decades of life under my belt. Yet, it took me coming to America 12 years ago to realize, Wow…I’m black! It took me until three weeks ago for me to realize that I’m a black Christian. Never before have I ever attached my faith to my race nor did I see the reason to do so. But with the recent event in the American judicial system and the hurricane of responses to it, with the numerous debates of justice and race, I found myself in the turbulent storm of it all, trying to reconcil...

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    Face-to-Face with the KKK.

    I was the token black kid in my class. You know, the one that everyone tried to look at without being obvious during history class when racism and slavery were being discussed (and failed at their subtlety I must add). Well, 10 years ago, the American history books of my grade school years came alive right before my eyes in a park in South Central Kentucky. Till this day, I occasionally ask my father, "What exactly were we there for?" And then my father would remind me that our family was invite...

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    On Being a Black TCK/Expat: Hair. (Part 1)

    On June 1, 2012, I cut my hair and it looked like this. Any regrets? Yes. I regret not doing it much earlier. I never thought hair would be such a big deal in my life. In fact, it shouldn’t be. But I was very wrong considering it was one of the number of reasons I got verbally bullied growing up....