you’re cooler than me?
guess that makes me hotter than you
Does it bother/anger African American people that there is a chance that they will never know where in Africa they are from? Discussion would be nice. I’m Nigerian-American so this has always…
Pretty much what Riley said. I love my Haitian identity. It saddens me that I can only trace my family back about 200 years at most, but at least I have that 200 years and a rich culture to fall back on.
Well, it’s slightly different for me cause the feels are on different sides of the family. Only one of my parents is West Indian, the other is Black American. Both slave-descended/colonized, but my mom has no desire for culture because West Indians were ALLOWED to have their culture and claim it as theirs.
Pops on the other hand…though he might say he has “Louisiana Creole” culture which is a thing if I think about it carefully.
My Q is why are African Americans thought of as having less culture as West Indians? Because their countries are majority black and AAs still live in a majority white country? AAs do have a culture. Just because people only see/acknowledge the bad things doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything worthwhile there.
I truly want somebody to answer this. What is it? Language? Perceived less dysfunction? Their “own space”?
I mean…I think it’s pure demonization of Black Americans by white people and the fact that most of the media that leaves this country is anti-Black American or appropriating from Black Americans.
But I also think that it has to do with the fact that West Indian countries (despite many being white-run) are PoC majority and considered “PoC land”. Meanwhile, nothing in America is considered belonging to Black Americans, and everything we create white people have stolen and exported as “their work”, leading people to believe that Black Americans create nothing.
I don’t think it’s language since most West Indians speak English, very few countries in the proper CU don’t. (Like…3 or so.)
(Furthermore, I wasn’t claiming that AAs don’t have a culture…I mean, I’d know being AA…but I’ve already had Africans recognize my West Indianness while ignoring my Black Americanness because they wanted to use my West Indianness against Black Americans by claiming they “appropriate us”. Which frankly, the most annoyed I’ve ever been is when ppl speak with Jamaican slang at me when I’m not Jamaican and I don’t care enough about that, lol.)
Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing this up for me. I was thinking the same things as the first 2 paragraphs.
“I’ve grown up in the Himalayas — there’s no cash economy there. People are wealthy at zero dollars a day.
The point is that you need to have a clean stream. If your forest is intact and your stream is flowing and your knowledge is with you, and you can grow your food and you recognize the herbs that can cure you and you have mutuality of labor exchange, so that you come and work on my farm, and I come and work at your farm, why on earth would you need either dollars or rupees? On the other hand, if the water is commodified, if our seeds are commodified, if our medicine is monopolized, if there are no jobs. If the entire system is meant to merely be a source of profits for a handful of corporations, actually, you just have do your arithmetic, life becomes too expensive to buy. You can’t buy life. And now that they are trying to commoditize the very basis of life and own it and sell it back to us, basically the consequence is disposable people. Because for most people, then, life becomes unaffordable in any case, a life of that kind, even for those those who can afford it, is not life anymore.”
In the interest of fostering diversity and increasing awareness of independent African-American professionals in the comics biz, here’s a great list of titles that you might not know about. If you’re not on the list, feel free to add your title and link(s).
- ShadowLaw: comixology.com www.shadowlawonline.com http://amzn.to/1dCLm5z
- Street Team #0: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5281
- Black Comix: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Comix-African-American-Independent/dp/0984190651
- Back in the Jay Sketchbook Vol.1: http://133art.storenvy.com/
- Storm Bringers #1: http://www.stormbringers.com/
- OneNation #1: http://133art.storenvy.com/
- Techwatch #1&2: http://www.techwatchcomic.com/
- Dread Society X: Rebirth: http://www.comicfleamarket.com/servlet/the-461/Dread-Society-X-cln—Rebirth/Detail
- Midnight Marauder: The Art of Lesean Thomas: http://leseanthomas.com/
- The Future: Art of Keron: http://kerongrant.net/
- The Art of Mshindo Kumba I.: http://mshindo9.deviantart.com/
- Corsairs Prologue: http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=8049
- Miles Away: http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Away-GN-Anthony-Montgomery/dp/0930655036
- Ghost Fighters: http://jomil65.deviantart.com/
- Indigo: Essence of the Assassin 1.0: https://ganxy.com/i/75616/uraeus/indigo-hit-list-1-0
- Black Bird: Growing Pains: http://charlie-fab.deviantart.com/
- Dusu: http://www.strangercomics.com/dusu-1/
- Midnight Tiger: http://www.actionlabcomics.com/midnight-tiger-joins-action-lab-lineup/
- Rotten Apple: http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/21-706/Rotten-Apple-one-shot
- Concrete Park: http://concretepark.com/
- Number 13 (David Walker): http://www.darkhorse.com/Books/17-953/Number-13-TPB
- Miranda Mercury: http://mirandamercury.com/
- Vescell: http://www.amazon.com/Vescell-1-Enrique-Carrion/dp/B005JF6SU2
- Super Pro K.O.: http://www.amazon.com/Super-Pro-K-1/dp/1934964417/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320154055&sr=1-14
- The Untamed: http://www.strangercomics.com/the-untamed/
- The Dog Years: http://thedogyears.com/home.html
- Wildfire: http://www.quinnproart.com/legends-press.html
- Five Weapons: https://www.imagecomics.com/comics/releases/five-weapons-making-the-grade-tp
- Lion Forge Comics: www.lionforge.com
- Prodigal ch. #1-12 ARE UP ON THE THRILLBENT FOR FREE: http://thrillbent.com/comics/prodigal/prodigal-chapter-1/#1
- Watson & Holmes #1-4: comixology.com
- ShadowLaw: comixology.com www.shadowlawonline.com
- Ajala: A series of Adventures: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4181
- Azian Mixtape: http://pyroglyphics1.deviantart.com/
- Punks of Rage: Remix #0: https://www.facebook.com/punxofrage/about
- The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: comixology.com
- Lucius Hammer #1-2: http://ravenhammercomics.com/
- Will Power #1-4: http://www.willpowercomic.com/
- Powerverse: the 101 #1: http://www.willpowercomic.com/
- Powerverse Chronicles: The Action Pack #1: http://www.willpowercomic.com/
- Chew #1-6, Paperbacks 2&3: Comic shop/Amazon.com
- Kung-Fu Skrarch! #1: comixology.com
- Midnight Tiger #1: comixology.com
- Molly Danger #1-2: comixology.com
- Seven % #1-4: comixology.com
- The Deep #1-2: comixology.com
- Ghetto Manga (magazine): http://ghettomanga.blogspot.com/
- Sink or Swim: http://www.arlingtontx.gov/environmentalservices/pdf/StormWater_Novella.pdf
- F-00 Fighters #1-3: http://www.scribd.com/doc/82473510/F-OO-Fighters
- The Horsemen: Mark of the Cloven: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GX35B0W/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
Thanks to Jason Reeves for compiling this great list! Next up: a list of works by female creators!
Already reading Molly Danger, but I’m gonna check out some of these later.
From 1995 documentary, Unzipped. In this scene, Eartha Kitt explains (in her unique way) to designer Isaac Mizrahi that she needs a gown she can move in.