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Off to the Women in Travel Summit

What I packed / Travel essentials for the afropolitan blogger What I hope to learn Meeting Oneika the Traveller First blog conference experience Any Tips for bloggers / business women Lot’s of photos

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Are fibroids just another thing black women have learned to deal with? [Podcast]

Eight out of ten black women have fibroids. Why? We don’t necessarily know. Cure? There isn’t necessarily one. Are fibroids just another thing black women have learned to deal with?

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Africans on the immigration ban

AfriGens can’t stay mum on the immigrant ban; 4 things you can do to stay politically engaged

African immigrants and Afrigens can’t stay mum on the immigrant ban: 4 things you can do to stay politically engaged and active.

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Mom Caves and Happy Places: African Literature inspired design

My happy place? It’s part mom cave, part home library. Check out how I created my favorite bookshop at home.

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Africans and pregnancy: Bey can share, you can’t.

Why African girls don’t share pregnancy photos all over “Ingragram”…

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Weekending: National Portrait Gallery

Flying Solo with the kids

Does fear of flying solo with the kids keep you from venturing out, adventuring, doing all those things you want to do? Join me on my journey of letting go of all that…

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9 websites that make me smarter as a black millennial

10 smart websites for smart African millennials (in America)

Where do you get your news? Social media? Here are 10 smart websites (and news sources) for smart African millennials in America.

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Farewell Obama

Farewell Obama [Podcast]

In this first episode of the new year, my girlfriend @Mabethebabe and I kick it on the podcast and give thoughtful and humorous commentary on Obama’s legacy and it’s gift to black people.

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Farewell Obama: Continuing his legacy despite the fear

Continuing the Obama Legacy despite Fear

Who said Obama didn’t do anything for black folk? The gift of Obama’s legacy to Black folks and 6 things we can learn from it to get us through Trump.

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Competitiveness in Education

Why Environment Matters: The benefits of competitive learning environments for children

Is competitiveness key to an excellent education? Why I think why looking for a competitive learning environment where it’s cool to be smart, matters.

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Home for the holidays: Make it an experience, savor the memories, and be about that snack life.

Make it an experience, savor the memories and be about that snack life; a few things I noted while everyone was home for the holidays. Read on for more.

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White savior, you’re not the enemy…but you’re not the hero either. An observation from Hidden Figures the film.

It seems praise and sometimes credit is handily given to the individuals with the power to fix a problem, but are they the real MVPs?

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Ready can’t be rushed.

Have you ever asked yourself “When is it going to be my turn?” Here’s a little epiphany I had about waiting to be “ready.” Let me know your thoughts

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Be Charitable: A few worthy and reputable causes that could use your cash (or company matching dollars).

Our community is gifted with natural kindness, but formal giving isn’t in our DNA, or is it? Here are some reputable causes you can list on the company matching form that directly our community.

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AfriGens At Work Episode 4 with Klassy Kinks creator, Ijeoma Eboh

“As AfriGens, we’re finding our own way, we’re creating our own narrative…and finding ways to make things better.” Ijeoma Eboh, Klassy Kinks. Watch the latest episode of AfriGens at Work

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Cape Town; we DID that!

Our visit to Cape Town, South Africa was epic. We only had 3 days in that city but we made the most of it and we WILL be back. There was much to ooh and aah at, but a lot to ponder as well…

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AfriGens at Work Episode 3 with Chesray Dolpha from Those African Chicks Podcast

South African. Theatre Artist. Oprah Fellow Winner. Teacher. Mother. Black Lives Matter Protester. Passionate Being and co-creator of Those African Chicks podcast⎯Meet AfriGen, Chesray Dolpha

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Visit Durban, South Africa

South Africa topped my list of places to visit. I don’t know how any other country we visit will compare to the natural beauty BOMBSHELL that is South Africa. First stop, Durban.

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AfriGens @Work Episode 2 with Ghanaian Opera Singer, Tesia Kwarteng.

Tesia’s energy is infectious, she was destined to share her talents with the world. She fell in love with classical music at a very young age. Her parents encouraged her to pursue her stage dreams without putting guard rails on…

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Sexy Gratitude

When I was 15, I made a list of all the qualities I wanted my future husband to have and stuck it in my Bible never to be looked at again. I don’t know where that Bible is or that…

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AfriGens @Work

AfriGens @Work Docu-Series

Notes from HR and This Afropolitan Life teamed up to bring you something fresh and exciting. It’s called AfriGens @WORK. We’re excited to finally be launching the first season of AfriGens @Work! After an adventurous and profound experience interviewing, filming, editing…

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Career Lessons from this Laughable Election

Career Lessons from this Laughable Election

As the dog days of this laughable election year draws to a close here’s what we’ve learned…

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5 valuable career lessons from my African father

The power of African parents to shape a person’s career is legendary. Here are a few career (and life) lessons our guest poster, Olivia Adele, learned from her father.

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How To Be Your Own Financial Backup Plan

When it comes to your finances, no one cares about your financial well being more than you, so it’s important that you create a financial backup plan for yourself because life happens! Here are a few tips from Clever Girl Finance to help us out

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African food lunchbox ideas

If you pack a child a lunch…it must contain Jollof Rice.

Some lunchbox ideas for African kids who absolutely dislike sandwiches.

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Why financial success should be a priority for every woman

Why Financial Success Should Be A Priority For Every Woman

Money is something that we think and talk about every day. For many women, thinking about money can be stressful. Very stressful. But financial success should be a priority for every woman, here’s why.

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Introducing the Afri-Gens @Work Docu-Series

For decades African immigrants have been wondering and questioning how their children will turn out in this foreign land. The years of answers are upon us. Introducing AfriGens @Work…

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Money Matters: A conversation with Bola Sokunbi from Clever Girl Finance

Is your pocketbook suffering violence? This podcast episode is for you! Listen as Bola Sokunbi from Clever Girl Finance and I talk about personal finance. I mean, does a 401(k) really matter or is it just another ploy to take money outta your pocket?

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This Afropolitan Life

The Hard Work of Self-Work

It’s mid year and for many people, the mid-year slump has begun. Work starts to suffer and life is just ‘meh.’ Do you embrace the hard-work of self-work during this time…or just move on to the next distraction?

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Some advice I would give to my younger, college-bound self

Kids are off to college for the first time. Many are the first ever in their families that are going to college. AfriGens, remember when that was you? What advice would you give your younger, college-bound self?

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Afri-Gens—the Why.

What’s an AfriGen? Read on to hear more about this new generation of Africans we are so proud of.

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The vegan journey with Nana Konamah

The Vegan Journey with Nana Konamah [Podcast]

African and vegan (or somewhat health conscious)? This podcast is for you.

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What it Means for Africans to Chant, “Black Lives Matter!”

In this week’s Afropolitan Voices contribution Mavis Britwum lends her voice for why black lives should matter to all of us—especially Africans.

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Tales of An African Booty Scratcher

*I scratch behind my leg* My name is Moses Manu, and I’ve been called an “African Booty Scratcher” since I was in 2nd grade. I never knew what an African Booty Scratcher meant or where it came from. I always…

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TAL Speaks: Black Lives Matter; In the time of Sterling and Castile [Podcast]

Black Lives Matter; in the time of Sterling and Castile. A frank conversation about being black (not African) in America and how we can affect change everyday in light of the recent events that are unfolding.

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Read, Summer ’16 with Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed from BookShyBooks [Podcast]

Fellow Afrolit page-slayer, Zahrah Nesbitt Ahmed discusses what’s on her summer ’16 Afrolit booklist. Listen as founder of BookshyBooks and I kick it on the podcast and geek out over African lit.

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Why I Twerk (In Private)

“My twerk game is reserved for me and only me, but deeper than that is another story about my self image, body image and overall confidence.”

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The futility of Language Shaming

The Futility of Language Shaming; a first-gen perspective

What is Language Shaming and why is it counterproductive? Read one first-genner’s experience and candid clapback to a language shaming incident.

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Firstgenners at work

How growing up African shaped my career: key qualities that make immigrant children successful at work

What are some key qualities that make those of us who grew up in an African household successful at work? Janet Asante from Notes from HR guest posts and breaks it down for us.

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Weekending: The GWB Ball

Weekending Recap: The GWB Ball, all the DMV’s African style, and glamor under the Filmore’s roof.

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No Longer at Ease: Change For Us by Us is the Only Way Forward [Podcast]

What happens when children of the diaspora want to affect change for good? We find a need and we fill it, but what are the challenges and rewards for such a feat? Liberian-American writer and children’s book publisher Wayetu Moore kicks it with us on the podcast and drops some knowledge on what it’ll take to affect lasting change. Listen and Subscribe on iTunes!

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4 Tips on how to be authentically Nigerian-American

Have you ever wondered how to embrace your cultural hybrid(ness)? Bisola, Nigerian-American blogger from Gidi & Pearls gives useful tips to ditch the cultural hangups.

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BookReview: We need new names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Book Review: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo [Video]

Listen to an excerpt of NoViolet Bulawayo’s soon-to-be-classic novel:We Need New Names. A story about a little girl who leaves a happy childhood of friends in war-torn and poverty stricken Zimbabwe for America. Her transition as she comes into her…

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Independence Day Celebrations, you down or nah?

When’s the last time you went to an Independence day celebration? A little story about the Ghana @ 59 celebration and a quick peek at the upcoming GWB Ball–Sierra Leone at 55 celebration. Read on for deets…

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Ayo Books Giveaway

Can you teach your kid a language you barely speak? + A GIVEAWAY

It’s important to expose the kids to African languages. Ayo Books is here to help. Enter for a chance to win! It’s simple, just follow us on instagram and tag a friend.

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How to eat vegan in Africa

Vegan in Ghana

Traveling while vegan can be a challenge, especially international travel because there’s only so much TSA will allow you to pass through security.

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Afrovational: Imagine Greatness

Imagine if a generation of African children were raised with smarts and cultural pride? What would our future look like? Are we the change we seek? Read these inspirational words by Esi Cleland-Yankson

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Life and Business Lessons from African Market Women

African market women and petty traders should inspire us. Here are a few things they teach us about life and work.

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On Love, Marriage, and Irreconcilable Cultural Differences

One woman’s reflection on the challenges of cultural differences in love and marriage.

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Good Ghanaian Girl: When ‘Growing Up African’ Hurts

My excitement about motherhood is often coupled with heartbreaking memories of my mother and my childhood. I’m sure it’s every mother’s fear for their child to lament and complain about their less-than-ideal portrayal of motherhood.

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Black Lives Matter—An African Perspective

Do Black Lives Matter? Specifically from an African context?

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Should ‘Black Lives Matter’ to Africans?

African-Americans have been on the pulse of injustice and discrimination for decades, and this generation is no different. We chant “Black lives matter” because it seems as though they often don’t. “Black lives matter” is a rallying cry, for every…

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The 5th Marine Regiment

In this special edition of Afropolitan Voices, Veteran U.S. Marine Osei Asante recollects on his time in the marines and reflects his life as a soldier.

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10 things about me

I’m a writer. I write about identity, culture and life in-between those two things, the everyday details of being, thinking, and living through a bi-cultural lens. Cultural anthropology fascinates me; Zora Neale Hurston is one of my (s)heroes. Everyday I’m…

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Life in the Middle: Too African to be American and too American to be African

For a long time, I was content to say that I reside in the middle. The “middle” is what I call that unique middle ground of being between cultures. In my case, too African to be American and too American to be African….

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Embracing tradition; the Ghanaian Engagement ceremony

We just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. Eight years ago I walked down the aisle in a beautiful white dress and married my handsome groom. I hadn’t a second thought in my mind that this occasion (the dress, the vows, the…

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Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali— Why Africa Preferred Oral History over a Written One.

For a long time, I believed Africans would be better off, if someone with foresight had just written everything down. By “everything”, I mean our collective history. I know I’m not the only one who hated being in history class, eager…

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Afropolitan Voices: Why I chose to stay home

This is a post from July 2012, and a For Harriet contribution. I really like this piece and I think it’s perfect for a new column on this blog called Afropolitan Voices; a space to read about the challenges, triumphs,…

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Weekending: A tale of two funerals

I had two back to back funerals this weekend. The first funerals of my adult life. On friday we laid my brother-in-law to rest. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Being there, seeing Sam’s face for the last time…

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The invisible line: Africans and American-born Africans

Guiding the Journey and the West African Community Collaborative (two organizations I LOVE) had another youth tour last month. We took a van-full of girls to Mary Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University. There, on the quad at MWU is where…

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‘Amanmmarɛ’ part II

I’m learning so much about the traditional process of mourning the dead since Sam passed away. This weekend was the one-week celebration of life–what would traditionally be called “the sit down” in literal translation from Akan language. Hundreds of people had…

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‘Amanmmarɛ’ (The law)

Ashanti law dictates that when a mother’s child dies young, the funeral should be simple and unextravegant to prevent her other children from following death’s lead. When this child dies, nothing adorns his body. No decorations of any sort, no flowers as…

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A history worth more than gold

I had the opportunity to share a little bit about my family’s heirloom gold coin necklaces with an editor of a major magazine today. She contact me after reading my post about family heirlooms. Let me take a moment to…

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Great Speeches: The African Genius by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

[Image source] In my fanatic following of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, I’ve quickly come to learn that he was more than  the first president of Ghana, who accomplished much. He was a transformational figure in how he inspired thought. He sought…

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English tea, Chinese tea—African tea? A bit of African tea-culture history.

Last week I found a beautiful bright green cast iron tea pot, dusted with gold leaf foil. It is small and functional and accessorizes my nightstand perfectly. It’s a beautiful reminder to drink a warm cup of tea before bed;…

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5 ways to celebrate ghana's independence

Happy 6th March! 5 ways to celebrate Ghana’s independence.

Happy 6th March! On this day in 1957, Ghana became the first independent country in Africa, leading the way for African emancipation across the continent. If you have a few hours watch this documentary on youtube detailing Ghana before and…

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What are the Benin Bronzes?

(Image via) I saw one of these famous brass relief artworks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Art during my last visit. I also saw a disturbing old photograph of three English soldiers sitting in undershirts, surrounded  by a pile of…

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African Feminism is different

“I cursed our economy that didn’t give me freedom to sustain myself.”–Everything Good Will Come I’ve often wondered if my grandmother, who discarded ill-fitting husbands, like another would discard ill-fitting bras, would be given the title feminist, or accepted into the…

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The Return-Janet’s Story

I found my sense of adventure and stepping out of the box in my thirties. My true nature is pretty square by Ghanaian standards where going with the flow and taking life in strides are common traits. I like clean…

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The Return-Mabel’s Story

When I was 19, my younger sister was “sent” to Ghana for misbehaving during her preteen years. I was actually envious of her punishment and could only dream up what it would be like live in Ghana—what experiences would she…

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The Return-“Sweet Sweet Salone!”-Zainab’s Story

At age six, my mother and I arrived in the US from Sierra Leone. She planned on us staying for just few months while she sought medical treatment.  It was a short visit that lasted eighteen years.  In December 2010…

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Ghana Days-A pivotal Experience

It’s been ten years since I visited Ghana. I’ve finished school, gotten married, and had a couple of babies in that time. God, where’d the time go?! Going back now is an opportunity to see the country with fresh eyes;…

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Will I ever be an African Returnee?

Many people are finding their way back home. I struggled to define what home is for me and makes me wonder if I could thrive as a returnee in Ghana. There is a symmetry to the journey that returnees are making, which…

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What is an Afropolitan?

The Africans that left Africa between 1960 and 1975 had children, and most overseas. Some of us were bred on African shores then shipped to the West for higher education; others born in much colder climates and sent home for…

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Africa’s new breed or newly liberated Africans? Half of a Yellow Sun Film review

I’m excited about the creativity rippling through Africa and it’s diaspora. The literature, the films, the music, the art…the progress…the pride. I watched Half of a Yellow Sun at the African Film Festival in D.C. two weeks ago. It was…

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Ghana, the return.

Each year since we’ve been together, Ev and I have taken a trip in the spring and the fall. One trip as a family and the other, as a couple. Before the kids, it was always a couples’ vacation. Now,…

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Foodie Friday: Returnees in “An African City” explore African veganism and vegetarianism

Young, highly educated Africans are returning back to their home countries in droves. Affectionately called “returnees,” they are building and rebuilding entire industries and alleviating the brain drain Africa has faced for decades. Science, government, tech industries are thriving, global…

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Family heirlooms

There was a lot of gold in my family’s past. Ancient gold coins on gold chain necklaces were passed down to each of my grandmother’s seven daughters as family heirlooms to be passed down to their daughters (As Akan people,…

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“Why I’m angry this morning” by Nana Konamah

My good friend Nana dropped an inspiring letter in my inbox this morning, and I’d like to share it with the world. In this letter Nana shares her frustration on a topic I’ve talked about here on this blog before….

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Discover Afropolitan Bloggers

I’m constantly on the lookout for rad African blogs that feature inspiring people, places, things or thoughts. I’ve come across many but here are a few I keep coming back to: http://zodwakumalo.wordpress.com/ http://www.onenigerianboy.com/ http://www.afri-love.com/ http://www.thisisafrica.me/

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Africans—natural vegans? My vegan journey

I first fell in love with vegetarianism sophomore year in college. That summer, I remember telling my cousin Janet I had become vegetarian and she scoffed out a pessimistic “…mmm hm” (as in, “whatever you say, girl.”). She had heard…

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Featured on For Harriet

Check me out on ForHarriet.com For Harriet is an online community for women of African ancestry that encourage women, through storytelling and journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. Check out my post…

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This Afropolitan Life

Hi, my name is Yedei, and I’m an Afropolitan woman. According to the Urban Dictionary: 1. Afropolitan African + cosmopolitan collaboration of the two word 1. An African from the continent of dual nationality 2. An African born in the…

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The untold stories of an old African map

At work yesterday I was packing away some of the museum’s educational slides when I happened upon an unusual map of Africa. It was a geographical rendering of the continent’s tribes. No countries, just tribes; and there were hundreds of…

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Something Greater than Self

Through my work with Guiding the Journey I’ve become part of an undefined cause somewhat larger than myself. A friend of mine invited me to a group working with the county to identify the needs of the elusive West African community…

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