by Kendall Williams
by Billy Calloway
by Alberto Padron
by Rema Tavares
by Yaba Blay
On Sunday December 9th, CNN aired the latest installment of their annual Black in America series reported by Soledad O’Brien. This year’s special, entitled “Who is Black in America?,” focused on colorism and racial identity and the intricate intersections between the two. We watched young adults grapple with questions of their identity, namely the question of “What are you?” – a question not only asked of them by others, but one that they continue to ask of themselves. This is a question I myself have never had to think about, much less articulate an answer to because the color of my skin is reflective of my Ghanaian ancestry. By its dark tone, everyone I encounter knows exactly what I am.
(CNN) – “Who is Black in America?” explores how color affects identity. In this video, Danielle Ayers, a Biracial woman, discusses her search for identity and the challenges of being color blind after growing up in a primarily white Mennonite community where race was not discussed. Watch video here
by Tatiana Bacchus
Tonight I took my daughter to an advanced screening of CNN’s Black in America 5 – Who is Black in America? I went for a variety of reasons, but most of all to support a Philadelphia scholar and visionary, Dr. Yaba Blay. I had the pleasure of producing an interview of Yaba a few years back for the Leeway Foundation It was then that I learned about her project entitled 1ne Drop which refers to a person being categorized as Black if they had one drop of Black blood. I became an instant fan and student of Yaba’s work. (I am now a fan of the rest of the amazing individuals featured in this documentary.)
by Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio
by Don Lemon, CNN
You never know from where inspiration will come.
I am often envious of my friends who can recite stories about ancestors that have been handed down through generations. I can’t do that. As a descendant of slavery in America, that hasn’t felt possible for me. Truthfully, I didn’t think about it much until a few weeks ago, after I was asked by CNN’s In America team to write about the impact of a mixed racial background on my life, the idea that “one drop” of black blood makes you black.
by Yaba Blay for CNN
I always thought I could spot a Black person anywhere. My eyes were trained in New Orleans – home to a historically preeminent group of folks who self-identify as “Creoles.” Many of them would make it a point to announce that they are different—not White, not Black, but “Creole.” A mix of African, Native American, French, and sometimes Spanish heritage, some Creoles are light-skinned enough to be mistaken for— or “pass”—for White people. We call them “passé blanc.”
by Don Lemon, CNN
For years, the woman on the left in the photograph below could not be friendly to her own husband in public. She would pretend she didn’t know him or tell people he was her driver. She didn’t want him to be beaten in public as he had many times before.
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