African & African Americans [A Hesitant Convo w/ Evelyn From the Internets] | Jouelzy

  • Published on Apr 24, 2014
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  • Kurrent
    Kurrent 8 days ago

    We was here before slavery. They just rebranded us.

  • khem127
    khem127 21 day ago

    Great video!!

  • Teboho Moloi
    Teboho Moloi 22 days ago

    Debates are great but it all comes down to Love .

  • Lateefah A. Brown
    Lateefah A. Brown 25 days ago

    I just about died with the rice comment. My grandfather was from Southern Louisiana. My grandmother said she’s never cooked so much rice in her life until she met him. My mother raised us on rice up to our eyeballs!

  • enna yush
    enna yush 28 days ago


  • Pan Cadeusus
    Pan Cadeusus Month ago

    I use both terms interchangeably, I don't have any problem with that. I am proud of my ancestors here and my African roots I feel connected to them.

  • Kayode-dada Lois ifeoluwa

    🙄🙄🙄no one is fighting anyone as a Nigerian I don’t really know any Kenyans but do I think of them as bad no of course not but if I do meet them of course it will be all good

  • AkitaNovaXxx Chu
    AkitaNovaXxx Chu Month ago

    To bad I'm a African Canadian no one cares about us

  • Rianna-may Thompson

    I’m sorry (I hope I don’t I hope offend anyone) but African Americans and Africans are different just because Africans are able to identify with specific country and culture but African American people claim the place in America and may claim the whole of Africa because they aren’t able to trace their family line past America- which is sad and not their fault. Neither Culture is any less valid than the other, but Africans have more authentic knowledge and richness of culture than an African American.
    🙄lol long story short African Americans are really just black Americans with culture.

  • Chant Farrar
    Chant Farrar 2 months ago

    “Oh he’s Kenyan.”

  • Jaron H-M
    Jaron H-M 2 months ago +1

    The African Diaspora needs an extended therapy session.

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    And Know This;
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    The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary:
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    While The Few Good Whites Fight With Us To Reclaim Our Stolen Identity.
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  • Behind the shutter release Photography

    Great video ladies a topic i have never thought about until now great points.

  • Deon Dimicks
    Deon Dimicks 2 months ago

    Jesse Jackson dumb ass came up with the term african American we are renamed by the government almost every 100 years

  • Kevin Asoera
    Kevin Asoera 2 months ago

    It's 55 Countries including Morocco.

  • Esther Okuro
    Esther Okuro 2 months ago

    I'm Kenya, I came to American at the age of 2. I identify myself as Kenyan (black). However just because I live in American, I do not identify myself as African-American, because the definition of AA is historically identified as slaves from west Africa.
    It's so hard because once I tell people my story of heritage they always call me African (because I'm from Kenya)-American (because I basically grew up here). I don't like how I have my own identity but others try to push something else to identify myself.

    - I will never identify myself as American, because I wasn't born here and do not have cultural ties.

    Really enjoyed watching this video..

  • Lohb2011 xx
    Lohb2011 xx 2 months ago

    Wow super fly queens

  • Ash Wolf
    Ash Wolf 2 months ago

    You're at least 34% white

  • Miraculous 74
    Miraculous 74 3 months ago

    I find titles irritatingly overrated- I feel like words instead of statements are given too much power- as in comparison to identity instead of personality- I appreciate history for its impact on today, but its today I worry about

  • Dumile Gugushe
    Dumile Gugushe 3 months ago

    Beautiful and charming ladies.

  • Hlulani Mthombeni
    Hlulani Mthombeni 4 months ago +1

    It's black Americans, not African Americans

  • William Cooper
    William Cooper 4 months ago

    You two are dope. Great convo

  • Semira Ali
    Semira Ali 4 months ago

    If your mother in low come from Ethiopia to see her first grand child you cant say she got to go in two weeks.

  • Boubakar D
    Boubakar D 4 months ago +1

    Jouelzy: the only stereotypes I have of Africans are... they eat a lot of rice.
    Me: well.... she's not WRONG

  • Andrea
    Andrea 4 months ago


  • Samantha-M.
    Samantha-M. 5 months ago

    Jouelzy. Bruh. You just gave a nice, flowery speech on how one shouldn’t disregard 58 nations by just saying “African,” which I’m TOTALLY FOR btw.
    Then you go ahead to spew some nonsense about “African mother-in-laws.” Let’s call out some nations then. Or you mean mother-in-laws from all 58 states are like that? What type of ignorance... 😹

  • Vanity.Luxe
    Vanity.Luxe 5 months ago +1

    I just have this question. Why do African leaders allow European countries to pillage and run all of the resources in Africa dry. And then when African citizens come to America they come and try to tell African-Americans about how all we talk about is slavery, this that and how we basically are unappreciative of the opportunities that we have yet you left your country 4 the lack of opportunity caused by the same people that run ours. The only difference is you guys get to come here and live off of Foreigner aid. You come in and honestly appropriate Black culture. That's the funny thing. You guys swear that your culture is better than ours but at the same time simultaneously benefiting from that very same culture. In a way you are experiencing a dual ethnicity and yet not extending that same dual ethnicity to African Americans. Quick to tell us that we are not as African as you are but yet when you come to America you expect to be as black as we are. if the African culture is not interchangeable with the African American culture experience then why should the African American experience be interchangeable with the African American culture when it is beneficial to Africans?

  • Bedina Davis
    Bedina Davis 5 months ago +1

    I just saw the film Green Book & identified with the moment when the black man who held 3 PhDs, was a genius of a Classical Music Pianist who'd never eaten fried chicken wasn't familiar with the music of legendary black musicians. He became fed up because he wasn't black or white enough to have a place of being. I personally don't fit the group where I was raised & the group that I'm compatible with has built an imaginary separation wall & categorically stereotype me. They treat mostly treat me like an outsider, then change abruptly, if there is a need to exploit me. Disconnect is limiting, damaging, painful, & neglects the fact that within various races & nationalities, there are also diverse socio-economic status. News perpetuates ignorance & so do people who don't educate themselves about themselves & others who are more like them, than unlike.

  • Patrice Alexander
    Patrice Alexander 5 months ago +1

    I believe there is an African American culture. There are some variations based on where you grew up in the US, but yes there is a culture. I myself am American American by my mom and Haitian by my dad. I identify as African American. I used to like to say I was Haitian American, but that doesn’t seem to go over well as I don’t speak any French or creole. Some Haitians discredit me. Especially since my father did not raise me, so I have no Haitian culture instilled. It’s a sore spot.

  • Voice of the Voiceless Intellectual Rebirth

    Afro American (American citizen of African descent)...

  • lyrique washington
    lyrique washington 5 months ago

    I appreciate the respectful diction used in this conversation, it was very mature. A lot of times when people have this conversation can be very one sided , and disrespectful.

  • D-VO
    D-VO 5 months ago

    African Americans had to fight for their rights, and in the event of fighting for human rights, African Americans made it possible for Africans, Arabs, East Indians, Chinese, etc. to now come to America and live the American dream. African Americans have their own culture, swag, music, language, everything, and they influence the world. Everybody tries to be like the American Black man and Black woman in America, so it's obvious African Americans have culture. African Americans not only have a unique culture, they are innovative, creative, and responsible for building the Americas.

  • s aa
    s aa 5 months ago

    I am half Egyptian, my father and his family arent people who would be considered white here. But I pass as white. Spent a lot of time in Egypt as a kid, I speak the language, Im a citizen and that culture is a big part of my life, for all the beautiful and the ugly. I had a falling out with my friend, who I was friends with for 5 years. A lot led up to it but in the end she made a huge issue about me calling myself Egyptian bc I'm white. I tried to explain to her that Egyptians don't necessarily carry the same racial concepts as we do here in America, and it's not an identity as it is here. It's a whole complicated subject, race in America or in Egypt, but in the end she had a big issue with me over this, which hurt, I wish she was willing to be open my point of view and sharing with each other the complexities of where we come from. I wish she was more willing to share with me her experiences as a black woman in America. I get where shes coming from but in the end it just wasn't right the way she asked me to hide parts of myself because it didn't fit her idea of what a (half) African may look like.

  • Irene
    Irene 6 months ago

    Giiiiiiirl, I can’t believe I’m four years late to this video. It is a god-send and needs to be required viewing imo for all black/ African Americans. I was also born in Kenya, raised in middle class New Jersey. I dated an African American in college and I remember all my African friends and family telling me to be “careful” because he was from the “hood.” That relationship taught me a lot about diaspora relations and I also took it as an opportunity to learn about black history in America beyond just slavery as we were all taught in middle school.
    Please remake this video- I think it would be great to revisit the topic given today’s political climate.

  • Refilwe Leburu
    Refilwe Leburu 6 months ago +1

    I'm South African but I identify as being African before I am South African. I like to believe that I'm a child of the soil. I believe in embracing even the things about us as black people that have been portrayed as negative, like being loud and stuff.

  • FatBoySlimandnem Slim
    FatBoySlimandnem Slim 6 months ago

    We are all the same people

  • Tameca Hickerson
    Tameca Hickerson 6 months ago

    I am Black and I was also teased in school that I am not black enough. Because I am light skinned, didn’t talk like all the other black kids at my school and was into everything. They considered that because I was not into just the stereotypical black things that the other black kids where into made me less black. Even some white or Hispanic people would say your not black. I would have to correct people real quick that just because I’m interested in all cultures from music, style, or there heritage or just not into what everyone thinks I should be into does not make me less black. I know where we as black peoples came from. I love the black culture because it’s my own as well as everyone else’s.I am black regardless of what anyone else’s standards or scale of what makes you black is.

  • Champ Fisk
    Champ Fisk 7 months ago +2

    For Evelyn, you're not Black, your skin is black. You should put other on applications. No disrespect but Africans and Native Black Americans are not the same group of people.

  • Champ Fisk
    Champ Fisk 7 months ago

    Nigeria is mostly poor according to the data. I understand only the oligarchs are doing well and lots of poverty is spread throughout the country

  • Black Rose
    Black Rose 7 months ago +1

    This is an ignorant topic hence the reason why we will never see liberation in African people all over the globe. We like to separate too much where Europeans from London to America to France all stick together and progress and we still over here talking about African Americans Africans carribean people. We are all one and that's African all over the globe

  • Black Rose
    Black Rose 7 months ago +1

    What is the difference between African and African Americans nothing the boat just dropped us off in America that's it stop the separation

  • Habesha Union
    Habesha Union 7 months ago

    Are Habeshas, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Somalis, Horn of Africa people, and other East Africans “Black ?”:
    Eritreans, Ethiopians, Somalis, Horn of Africa people, and other East Africans are “Black.” No one in these cultures and countries use the term “Black” to identify themselves though, it is actually a Western and Eurocentric concept. Most people in these areas and cultures use their pan-ethnicity, country, national origin, and/or ethnicity (when appropriate) to identify themselves.
    One reason why recent Eritreans, Ethiopians, and other Horn/North-East African immigrants don’t use the term “Black” is because they do not want to be associated with the bad stereotypes on Black-African-Americans.
    Another reason could be because African Americans and West Africans deny our African/Black ancestry, culture, and heritage, because we do not look like the stereotypical African person perpetuated by the West. West Africans and African Americans dominate the perception of what it means to be Black.
    Some White-European-Americans, Black-African-Americans, Europeans, and West Africans believe that Africa is one homogenize place where all Africans look the same and have similar features. Even though Africa has a wider diversity than any other continent in the World.
    Most West Africans and African Americans have “kinki” hair while Most (not all) Horn of Africa peoples have curlier hair. Because the stereotypical West African look is more dominant in Western Culture, most people automatically assume we are not Black (because this concept of “Black” rarely exists in these cultures, some people will mistakenly go along with it).
    While if you see a German or Ukrainian with blond hair, then see an Irish person with red hair, then you encounter an Italian with black hair, you automatically say they are all White/European. Why can’t you use this same concept on Africa.
    On another note Eritreans, Ethiopians, and some other East Africans, and Horn of Africa have completely different cultures from the rest of Africa, to the extent that some Westerners forget that they are even in what Westerners (Mostly European-Americans people but also African Americans ) thought Africa looked like.
    Videos That Explain This Much Better:
    The title of the Video “I'M NOT BLACK | Helen Haile” is sarcastic (she believes we are Black)
    The title of the Video is “Are East Africans Considered Black? Somali & Sudanese | Susu & Hibs”
    [To Know more about what Habesha means, read the article below the dashed line.]
    By Meron Tesfom: “Usually people who have recently immigrated, or who have not spent a long time within the U.S. Will refer to themselves this way. As an Eritrean American, I am very experienced with this form of identification. It all comes down to the fact that Eritreans do not want to associate themselves with the stereotypical “Black” culture. When Eritreans come to the U.S. It is very hard to adjust to the standards that have already been set for anyone who is black. We come from a country where race is not really discussed, everyone has always had a mutal respect for one another other. Some people may credit that to the lack of diversity within Eritrea, however that is simply not true. Because Eritrea was once an Italian colony during world war two, there are still many Europeans that reside within the country, and they have always been embraced by the people. However in the U.S. , race is such an important factor within our daily lives whether we want it to be or not. So when Eritreans come to a new country hoping to build a life for ourselves and our families, we also want to preserve and live by our culture and traditions that we bring from our country. We are very prideful, and love the country that we come from. We also love the United States. However, most Eritreans see the poverty, crime, and drugs with black culture and do not see themselves within that description. It is partly an ethnocentric display, but also a desire to be create our own reputation or history within the U.S. Habesha means a person that is from Ethiopia or Eritrea, and that is how we choose to define ourselves.”
    By Steve Bowkett, B.A. Literature & Anthropology, University of Auckland (1993):
    “‘Some Eritrean people I know told me they are not black but habesha, what does this mean?’
    Americans, and people who use this phrase from American English, will call anybody with different shading of coloured skin ‘black’. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Libya or South Africa, Guinea-Bissau to Kenya, “black” seems to cover it. It’s a way of distinguishing people other than yourself.
    ‘Habesha’ does this on a geographic and/or cultural level from other people. It’s something similar to the way a person may respond with ‘I’m not black, I’m a Samoan’.
    It’s to make people realise that their world view must be expanded.
    [Sorry, I had to edit this for spelling and grammar. Oops.].”
    [More info.: What do you mean by Habesha? - A look at the Habesha Identity (p.s./t: It’s very Vague, Confusing, & Misunderstood) , Habesha Union. “What Do You Mean by Habesha? A Look at the Habesha Identity (Habesha Union: @habesha_union).” Medium, Medium, - Share research, 1 Oct. 2018,,, ]


    tbh(some) african Americans are annoying and loud and gheeto. and make the rest of black people look bad.

  • Maxine Moffett
    Maxine Moffett 8 months ago

    Wow the Trace guy played us...hummm

  • FE
    FE 8 months ago

    I can be the ambassador and build a bridge for both african american and African people. Morroco / North africa is also in Africa. My biological father is african american and biological mother Morrocan. Talking about identity crisis! African American vs african , african and what people in America thinks what's is african vs north africa. Found out I was adopted threw ancestry dna, trying to come to terms my roots/ very mix heritage under the African diaspora especially under Morroco. Been a interesting journey/ emotional Rollercoaster for the last 2yrs!!

  • Karyll Said
    Karyll Said 8 months ago

    Rewatching this in the year 2018 and I’m cringing uncontrollably. I’m so uncomfortable for y’all! Lmao

  • Tyrone Brown
    Tyrone Brown 8 months ago

    And that goes for the Caribbean culture they think the police won't stop and kill them too all they see is color.

  • Jewels Jewels
    Jewels Jewels 9 months ago

    I would like you all to revisit this subject soon. Just seeing your video and it is 2018. New to USclip

  • Laura Some Number
    Laura Some Number 9 months ago

    Very interesting conversation I find Evelyn's idea of being Kenyan American totally logical. If you know your family came from Ireland you call yourself Irish American and if they were french you would call yourself French American. African American is the default because people didn't have the privilege of knowing their heritage.

  • Crissy Nicole
    Crissy Nicole 9 months ago

    I always thought the the shared culture of the African American descended from the culture of slaves. The songs, foods and ideals of the slave culture has been passed down to us. Without that, I don’t think we as Africa’s Americans would even have a culture to claim

  • Larry Y
    Larry Y 9 months ago

    Do to me being black, gay southern and Christian, my experience is a lot different than say my cousins in Detroit. I feel attached to the black American community the same why i feel attached the the LGBT community or southern community. I advocate for what I see as important and take from the culture as it pertains to me and my journey. But, I know that as a AA i have a very diverse culture that I can relate to and with other AA.

  • Moniqua Dee
    Moniqua Dee 9 months ago

    Cuz we not African Americans we are Hebrews that’s in the land of our captivity we are not Africa

  • gloriakmm
    gloriakmm 9 months ago

    fascinating conversation ladies! 🙌🏾

  • Peaceful Min-Ji
    Peaceful Min-Ji 9 months ago +4

    It is absolutely time to update this with a 2018 Part #2.

  • naomilaboo
    naomilaboo 9 months ago

    Funny you were not black enough and I was too black!

  • Dred Scott
    Dred Scott 9 months ago

    Lmmfao noooo he's a niggah

  • loveld Lu
    loveld Lu 9 months ago

    So I kind of just saw she does say something because I feel like it needs to be sad because of the brand that this actress is work for she was in The Walking Dead and could never miss her she always wear those the dreadlocks okay so she starred in the number one box office movie and they went on promotion and all I noticed was this woman was put way down at the other end of the room and no one noticed how she was not even in knowledge and all they wanted to talk to what's the three major characters they also have the director who got everyone together for this movie didn't even ask him any questions Disney doesn't do anything about this this went on every event this woman went to with them and she was just like does not exist and no one picked up and they claim they're so close and better this and everything and it seems no way included in the conversation nothing it was like those three was run the movie did the movie nobody else did any work and Disney is okay with it this is how pathetic and disrespectful the other actress

  • Imhotep397
    Imhotep397 9 months ago +1

    One thing that's important to note is that the petty squabbling among African tribal lines and nation lines is inherently counterproductive.
    If you are willing to completely disregard a smart person's advice simply because they live 10 miles away on the wrong side of the tracks over some petty nonsense, but you are willing to listen to white people that have a covert vested interest in seeing you fail of course your development on a grand scale is going to be slow to non-existent.

  • Imhotep397
    Imhotep397 9 months ago +1

    It's pretty bizarre to me that Africans, of all people, will just accept whatever white people say about Black people in America as gospel considering, you know, colonization and all but many do.
    To not question the information from the whites is either incredibly unintellectual, incredibly naive or incredibly disingenuous, as in they're more interested in believing a lie they think might benefit them in their quest to get close enough to kiss more white people's asses down to the the anus hole. It's just a weird and shameful thing to discover about a people.

  • Ashley Harper-Stanley
    Ashley Harper-Stanley 9 months ago

    I do find myself correcting stereotypes on both spectrums having a jamaican father and black American mom. Its wrong to lump people together based on their melanin. You both are right we all share different experiences but sadly have to constantly remind the rest of the world who we are and where we come from.

  • Sasha Butcher
    Sasha Butcher 9 months ago

    Shoutout to South Sudan 🇸🇸🇸🇸🇸🇸

    • Billy Thorton
      Billy Thorton 4 months ago

      Sasha Butcher your civil war over yet?

  • J.C. Anderson
    J.C. Anderson 9 months ago

    You are definitely an ex jw. Lol I thought you might have been before you said it. I can always tell being one myself. Great convo. Best wishes to you both.

  • TheButtonMash3r
    TheButtonMash3r 9 months ago +2

    Despite what you may think, most Nigerians are not wealthy. We actually have the most poor people in the world, and a *HORRIBLY* unstable currency. We still haven't recovered from the economic recession, and we have tons of dishonest leaders and politicians that only want to steal money. Nigeria sucks, and I need to find a way out of this shithole. Fortunately for me, I was born in New Jersey. Maybe I can use my citizenship to save myself. 😕😟😕

  • TheButtonMash3r
    TheButtonMash3r 9 months ago +1

    The first song is Fela. I guess I'm watching this.

  • Ajose Precious
    Ajose Precious 9 months ago +1

    As a Nigerian, i strongly admit that we Nigerians can be too prideful. And that's not a bad trait, however, there's a time and place for everything and we need to learn that. Mostly, when the conversation about African and African American comes up, the African representative would most likely be Nigerian. And instead of this Nigerian to admit that he/she cannot speak for every black nation, they choose not too.
    Like honey, if you're gonna be representing 54 countries please learn about them first, at least learn the names of the countries and stop giving off the wrong impression to people about the whole continent.

  • AreYOUInTheNetwork
    AreYOUInTheNetwork 9 months ago

    Thank You Black Americans!!!!

  • AreYOUInTheNetwork
    AreYOUInTheNetwork 9 months ago

    African American isn't a real race white people named the dark skinned natives African American. It's not Regular Black wtf does that mean? smh

  • Bunmi Adefisayo
    Bunmi Adefisayo 9 months ago

    Lol...African Student Unions invariably become Nigerian Student Unions 😀

    • Billy Thorton
      Billy Thorton 4 months ago

      Jonathan Grant they don’t belong in America. Worthless booty scratching parasites

    • Jonathan Grant
      Jonathan Grant 8 months ago

      True. That's how it was at one college I attended. They looked down on us African-American students too. Smh.

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  • Pat riciah
    Pat riciah 9 months ago

    evelyn is kenyan!!!!!!

  • LaVelle White
    LaVelle White 9 months ago

    As an African American it's hard to say we have a culture to you point there is such a big difference between African americans from the north and African americans from the south. But there is common thread is hard to define what our culture is.

  • Teresia Wachira
    Teresia Wachira 9 months ago +1

    Evelyn, do not loose your roots, look how African Americans struggle to look for their African roots, you're just the first generation of Kenyan diaspora. So you're Kenyan American. White people always love their European identity, so why won;t you?

  • Ken Ngwa
    Ken Ngwa 9 months ago

    IG : SCAMREPUBLIQUE If you want to learn more about Africa

    NASIRUB1 9 months ago +1

    I know I'm going to be hated for saying this, but this is just how I feel. I honestly don't like Africans because I feel why would I want to associate with the people who started the international slave trade by selling my ancestors to the rest of the world for weapons and spices (sadly in some parts of Africa this is still going on today). I don't consider myself African, I rather be called American or just a human being.
    When I hear a Black American who was born here talking about the mother land and how we Black people need to move back to Africa, I get angry because you don't know anything about the continent, its people or culture.
    As far as I'm concerned we are not the same people based on the fact that most American Blacks are heavily mixed do to the fact that their was a lot of race breeding going on under the table in the past, we also have a large amount of people migrating to the States and starting multiracial families.

    • Billy Thorton
      Billy Thorton 4 months ago

      NASIRUB1 I’m a proud Black American. Fuck apefricans and their problems

  • Candy
    Candy 9 months ago

    Omg I can't believe you called out first 48 gurlllll I never even thought about that before

  • Joseph Long
    Joseph Long 9 months ago

    so i was born in usa my dna shows i am 27 percent cameroon/congo 26 percent benin togo percent 8 percent irish. scottlan. 19 percent mali the only relative i was able to trace in my tree line went back to france so do i put french african american in census since i recentle discover these relative

  • angel telp sorrentino
    angel telp sorrentino 9 months ago +1

    lmao, one of my best friends is from Liberia and her mom calls me the pretty black girl lol.She calls everything soup lmao. I am black American, native and Dominican so my cultural background is so different its hilarious. every time her parents come to town they crack me up.

  • GreatRao
    GreatRao 10 months ago +1

    In my experienceKenyans don't have such a hangup/negative attitude of Black Americans like many West Africans do. Especially Nigerians. Most Nigerians I've come across in my experience are very arrogant and discriminatory/bigoted in their attitude towards me as a Black American. Ironically, my DNA test showed 26% from Nigeria.

  • Brittany Mitchell
    Brittany Mitchell 10 months ago

    Get into the locales tho....

  • sherry tee
    sherry tee 10 months ago

    Love Love LOVE you two 💖💗💖

  • Geraldo S
    Geraldo S 10 months ago +1

    Here we go again. No other races discriminate or tries to segregate people from their lineage but Africans. Furthermore, Africans do it to themselves on the same continent. The rules (mostly set by Africans) are all over the place. They say: This girl can't claim Kenya because she wasn't born there (even with 2 Kenyan parents) therefore she's the enemy now and gets lumped in with the rest of the African Americans.

  • Geraldo S
    Geraldo S 10 months ago +2

    I'm confused when they say AA don't have culture. Most music genres spin off from African American culture. Hip-hop & Rap...very popular in Africa originated from African American cultures. African American Black women styles mimic the looks we see in Africa today....if anything, it seems as if AA culture sets the trends for African culture. African American blood shed is the reason Africans can come over to attend schools and enjoy the quality of life Africans enjoy.

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  • Rimu N
    Rimu N Year ago

    My only problem with black Americans is that they are very uninformed even the ones who present themselves as well-read about Africa. A vast majority of Africa was never a part of the slave trade. So it's weird here when people tell me I'm from the mother land or that they want to visit the mother land specifically my country of Kenya. I think hell yes, but we are definitely not the mother land. I read a blog of a black American who said he went to Kenya and felt nothing. Yes dummy, we're not your people. You can't go to random countries in Africa thinking we're connected. The African identity is a Western concocted thing that doesn't exist. No matter how much you think of yourself as an African, the ethnicity and entity of African is largely a product of Western ignorance. I've never identified myself as an African until I cam here because people were ignorant. Most of us were never part of the Transatlantic slave trade. It's funny being insulted on the internet that we sold our own. The one thing that genuinely highlights American ignorance is Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is something I had never heard of that confused the shit out of me. I was like, why are you mish mashing different East African principles? Why Swahili. Swahili is a trading language from East Africa. It was akin to me of a a person with German roots in America celebrating Eastern European holidays and using an Eastern European language as a way to connect with your roots... Also, the afro centrists really don't help. The we were kings people really

    • Monaedeezy
      Monaedeezy 10 months ago +4

      Rimu N sounds like you misunderstand african Americans.

    • Mwinyi Mwenyi
      Mwinyi Mwenyi 11 months ago +2

      Stupid comment. You are the ignorant one. Slavery did take place in Kenya. LOL!

    • elle19ism
      elle19ism 11 months ago

      Rimu N another term that's really confusing is an AA woman being referred to as a "Nubian queen", when Nubians are from Egypt/Sudan, two countries that were also not involved in the Trans-atlantic slave trade.
      And the idea that "we were kings and queens" is ridiculous since everyone can claim that, since kindoms and monarchy are not unique to African history only. Also, not everyone was a king, queen, prince or princess. It's just illogical.
      The ignorance is really annoying, but I also want to add that I'm definitely aware that it's not all AAs who think like this

  • Jay A
    Jay A Year ago

    There is so much ignorance to go around. People need to keep an open mind and understand that as there are differences in people within the US, so are there differences across the spectrum, including outwardly looks/complexion/etc within people on other continents and countries within them. In other parts of the world, when you ask folks where they are from, they will respond with where their ancestors come from; their village. However, in the US folks tell you where they were born, which is understandable because people were transplanted here at will or against their will. When it comes to parents as you guys touched on in the latter part of your talk, just like with many Asian cultures, you have to honor them as long as you live. That is a key area of difference between both cultures as you guys pointed out. Your newly acquired wealth "to pay you bills" as a result of your qualifications that they probably subsidized for you does not absolve you of your honoring them. No amount of success or money buys you the license to stop honoring your parents in the African society. It keeps Africans grounded. When I arrived in this country almost 20 years ago, I was shocked seeing folks suing their parents, kicking them out, maligning them, etc. As for stereotypes related to the African-Americans, it's an issue across the board where every demographics see the same thing and similarly think the same thing. There's so much to talk about.

  • Norton Jones
    Norton Jones Year ago

    African-American have Igbo and Yoruba blood line.

  • Licla
    Licla Year ago +1

    L' Afrique est belle. I don't know if there is another continent in this planet that focuses attention like Africa, for good or bad reasons, Africa itself don't care.
    Adam and Eve lived there on peace. It's the sweetest motherland in this planet.♥♥♥
    Deny Africa or love it : it doesn't leave people indifferent.
    Me, I really do love Africa? ♡♡♡
    Do you?
    If yes, like this comment and tell me why you love it. If not, disappear, and don't comment.

    • Licla
      Licla Year ago

      The first to like and comment...
      For the Lord so loved Africa and He decided to put the first human being there.♥

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  • Dios Batman
    Dios Batman Year ago

    Africans are uglier

  • Samee Ul Haq
    Samee Ul Haq Year ago

    Why are african americans more white than Africans?

  • SPEAKS 〰
    SPEAKS 〰 Year ago

    I would love to see this or a similar conversation in a post-Black Panther context.

    FIRE SIGN Year ago

    We ALLLLLLL... FAMILY!....and if you don't BELIEVE! me....just ask.....ANY!!!...WHITE! PERSON!😀😀😀💋

  • 3rd Sherman
    3rd Sherman Year ago

    This dope

  • Carson Brown
    Carson Brown Year ago

    I forgot about Jouelzy's lisp {:

  • RJ TV
    RJ TV Year ago

    Once you are born in America the ppl of your parents country label you as American.

  • RJ TV
    RJ TV Year ago +1

    U two look so much alike

  • Lee M.
    Lee M. Year ago

    You're lucky you can say Kenyan. African American is used because we don't know the country/ tribe.
    I've been dissed by Africans..mainly Egyptians and Kenyans.
    . They've let me know they think Blacks are nothing and they wanted no association with us. They mocked they "my people sold you're people because you were inferior" I was so hurt because I was desperate to connect to anything African. When I think back, it was really pathetic to try to piggy back on another's culture. We're nothing alike.

  • Spring Rose
    Spring Rose Year ago

    There are 56 African countries.

  • Kiko Bangz
    Kiko Bangz Year ago +1

    This should be a series!!! Its beautiful! And we all need this!
    I believe that many Africans seem to forget (or just don’t know as Evelyn said they’re learning about it as whites or foreigners would) that Blacks in America were totally stripped of the cultures of our ancestors. We have very little of that left (i.e. creole, etc) so many of our ways and beliefs are stemmed from white/American influence. Not saying the ignorant and “ghetto” have excuses for being that way but not all of us have the privilege of adult figures who are educated or pushed us to be educated. Some of us have grandparents and parents, family In general that may not have valued education and other things as much. Remember there was a point in time where our people were killed if even found trying to read a book. Imagine having a fear of dying for learning and having to avoid it altogether. Typically you would pass that down your generation. Now you have a generation of black children, grandchildren who don’t have the drive to read or learn or better themselves because in America bettering yourself as a black person was dangerous. Just an example.