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This book explores Black identity, from a global perspective. The historical and contemporary migrations of African peoples have brought up some interesting questions regarding identity. This text examines some of those questions, and will provide relevant essays on the identities created by those migrations. Following a regional contextualizing of migration trends, the personal essays with allow for understandings of how those migrations impacted personal and community identities. Each of the personal essays will be written by bicultural Africans/Blacks from around the world. The essays represent a wide spectrum of experiences and viewpoints central to the bicultural Africans/Black experience. The contributors offer poignant and grounded perspectives on the diverse ways race, ethnicity, and culture are experienced, debated, and represented. All of the chapters contribute more broadly to writings on dual identities, and the various ways bicultural Africans/Blacks navigate their identities and their places in African and Diaspora communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498581929
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Msia Kibona Clark is associate professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University.

Phiwokuhle Mnyandu is lecturer in the Department of African Studies at Howard University.

Loy L. Azalia researcher and independent consultant.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Changing the Paradigms on Migration and Immigration in the African Diaspora
Introduction: Being Black and “Bicultural”
Chapter 1: (Re)igniting Pan-Africanism. (Re)jecting Afropolitanism. (Re)naming our solution by Nenelwa Tomi
Chapter 2: Is Race Really the Issue? Examining the Fallacy of "Black Foreigner Privilege” by Tolu Odunsi
Section 2: Perspectives on Black Transnationalism and Identity Formation
Chapter 3: The Evolution of a Bicultural Identity, in the Shadows of Nyerere’s Pan Africanism Msia Kibona Clark
Chapter 4: Skins, Identity and Their Tragedies: The Learning and Healing of a Hispanoguinean Woman in the Diaspora by Carolina Nve Diaz
Chapter 5: When I First Wore Fish Leather, Or Black Girl in Iceland by Sharony Green
Chapter 6: Reinventing Identities: Crossing Borders of Values and Beliefs in Noviolet Bulawayo's in We Need New Names by Afua Ansong
Poem 1: Poem Death upon the Homefront by Shingi Mavima
Section 3: Crioulo Culture and Pidgin Music: American Experiences & West African Identities
Chapter 7: Navigating Between Two Worlds: (Re)Defining My Identity in the Context of an All Girls Elite Private School by Terza Lima-Neves
Chapter 8: Having My Kenkey and Eating It, Too: Being Black and Bicultural by Margaret Salifu
Chapter 9: Music of my Flesh: African Music, Cultural Affirmation, and the Production of Social Space in the Diaspora by Nana Afua Y. Brantuo
Chapter 10: Local Accra With a Twist of International Luxe by Zoë Gadegbeku
Section 4: Diverse Identities and Representations among 2nd Generation Ethiopian Migrants in America
Chapter 11: Ethiopia on My Skin, Black Power in My Heart: How Growing Up Black and Multi-Ethnic Has Taught Me to Navigate Different Forms of Anti-Blackness by Yelena Bailey
Chapter 12: Black Immigrant Communities: Misrepresented and Underserved in the U.S. by Mekdela Ejigu
Chapter 13: Identity Theft by Semien Abay
Section 5: Class and Citizenship: African American and African Migrant Experiences in South Africa
Chapter 14: On being African...American by Gabriel Peoples
Chapter 15: Culturally Fluid: Experiences of a Ugandan, South African by Sayuni Brown
Chapter 16: Migration, Language, Race and Identity in South Africa: Analysing Congolese Links by Eugene Bope
Chapter 17: The Realities of the Diaspora Life in France and South Africa by Tafadzwa Zvobgo
Section 6: Two Intersecting Diasporas: Caribbean and African American Communities in America
Chapter 18: Migration, Immigration, & Gender: Afro-Caribbean Experiences from a Bicultural Socialization Perspective by Shelvia English, Dayne Hutchinson, Kat J. Stephens
Chapter 19: The Meaning of Blackness by Cassandra J. St. Vil
Chapter 20: Being Black and Bicultural: Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation of Haitian Americans in Chicago by Courtney Cain
Chapter 21: Always Remember Black is Beautiful: A Narrative on Being Afro-Trinidadian in the United States by Keisha V. Thompson
Poem 2: American Double Toasted Banana Nut Bread by Maurisa Li-A-Ping
Section 7: The Relationships Between Color & Race in Afro Latinx Identities
Chapter 22: Call Me Survivor: AfroLatina Diasporic Identity, Survival, and a Tale of Two Negritudes by Omilani Alarcón and Indhira Serrano
Chapter 23: Rhythm of Life: Reggae and Antillean Black Identity by Ryan Mann-Hamilton
Chapter 24: Afro-Latinidad: Being a Black Latino by Anthony Polanco
Chapter 25: Identity as Profession: on Becoming an African American Panamanian Afro-Latina Anthropologist Curator by Ariana A. Curtis
Chapter 26: Between Blackness & Africanness: Indexing Puerto Rican identity through discourse by Krista L. Cortes

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