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Happy New Year from DiasporAfri, LLC! Exciting New Workshop Available!

Happy New Year loves! For those of us who celebrate greatness everyday, we are just continuing the greatness, times 2021! That’s a lot of greatness! We are living right now, which means we have the right to activate our God given gifts… right now! We don’t have to wait for approval, or wait until the right time according to this colonial structure. Change always starts now! As a little Moses as a child, up until now, I’ve always worked to find my rhythm, I thank God for always reminding me that every effort I’ve put forth is all for the greater story. I wrote a book in 2018, remember? And I published it in 2019. Those who read it loved it, however, because it was so personal, I always wanted to connect it with my audience on a real, interactive, level. I took it offline a few months ago and began to create a series that would allow me to reach my audience in a new way. After all, I’ve spent the majority of my life teaching and uplifting students of all ages. What’s meaningful to me is how my message transforms lives right before my eyes.

Dear Black People™ Webinar Series starting on January 26, 2021 offers practical, lifelong steps to help you first decolonize your mind, then do the work to make generational change, to unite and uplift the Global Black Diaspora as we enter in to this new time. An entry level course will be offered on January 25th and the first 5 people to sign up are in for a pleasant surprise! Please sign up and share with your network of friends, family, and colleagues in the Global Black Diaspora, right here!!!

Ndidi Love on New Years 2021

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Do White Female Teachers’ Perceptions of African-American Male Students Have a Significant Impact on African-American Males Overall School Performance?

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Hello All! Long name right? Well, the title of this paper I wrote in my 1st semester of grad school (2011) required it. At the time, I was going to school and teaching, and I had so many experiences defending Black children against the vileness that was placed upon them by white teachers, it was a terror, imagine how it was for the kids? The school was 99% Black, but the teachers were 97% white and female. The young Black boys were physically restrained and abused – I call it abuse, even though it’s “protocol”, at the young age of just 5 for being a little rowdy? I’ll tell you a story, one time, a white female teacher restrained a 4 year old Black boy with her knee in his back and his hands restrained behind his back, and was wondering, even asking me why he wouldn’t calm down. I remember after that, I took him and rocked him to sleep like a baby, and he fell asleep, so gentle! She said “oh it must be your breasts”, and I said that he’s a child! Well, that’s 1 of 1000 stories dear, so I was inspired, as a student of Africana Studies to go deeper into this inherent fear of Black boys, that at the tender age of 4 and 5, and all the way up to adulthood, white women always approach Black men from a place of fear. I believed it was and does affect their school performance. I literally worked so hard on this for my Research in Methods class taught by Dr. Marcia Sutherland, (the toughest most loving professor ever), she’s from Jamaica, she wore African attire to work every single day without fail, and she made us WORK for our grades, you hear me? I got an A+ on this paper, enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v_pvza-PiRZymGCTeVoflYacJ3o_eOMg/view?usp=sharing

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The Political Manipulation of Ethnicity in Nigeria and Burundi – #ThrowbackThursday

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Hello All! I updated my Twitter followers yesterday that I would be taking a few days to re-strategize how I am going to tell and structure this Igbo story I am trying to tell. In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of papers from grad school that I wrote on various subjects. As you all know, I have a Master of Arts in Africana Studies – 2013. This particular paper I wrote for my African Politics class, taught by Dr. Somide in 2012 was about the Political manipulation of ethnicity in Nigeria and Burundi, I use the examples of the Biafran war in Nigeria, and the Hutu-Tutsi war in Burundi. Check it out by clicking below!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xbohPMjoazgu9ToYb5bc4KFJYYL0CJRK/view?usp=sharing

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Why it Matters… An Igbo Story, #ForwardFridays

Hello Friends. Well. I was out of town for a week, and now that I’m back in my own space, I couldn’t let a week go by without talking about Igboness. Now, next week, I will get back into the research and findings part of the Igbo story. Today, I wanted to talk about the “why” part of the Igbo story. As a sociologist by nature – my B.A. is in Sociology – I always like to get to the why. You can tell me something, but for me, I need to know why it’s important to me. So, why is Igboness important? I’ll tell you.

I told you all last week that according to studies, some 60%, at least, of African Americans have 1 Igbo ancestor. A large percentage of enslaved Africans came from the Igbo tribe in the Bight of Biafra. Millions, up to 6 million and even more Igbo’s were killed during the Biafran war, (because Nigeria is not our original land) and everywhere Igbos are, there is contention against Igbo’s, especially proud ones. Igbo’s come up a lot, and it’s usually fighting for our space in the world, and defending our right to be proud. Why am I saying this?

When we look at the similarities and evidence presented by myself and dedicated scholars who have written books about our true lineage (original Hebrew), it is clear that the contention against us is a sign of a hidden truth. Our culture can be found throughout the Diaspora, due to slavery, in popular words such as Ebonics, Okra, and Red Bone. The catholic church stole the very practice of communion from Igbo’s Kola but ceremony. Whites stole everything else from Africans, and lied about Origins, what makes us think that they didn’t steal one of the most important identities, that is, the chosen identity of a promised land. Unless the Old Testament was a prophecy of things to come, there have been no other people to be scattered to the 4 corners of the earth, and have common identifiers that described Hebrews. I’ve already mentioned the red color descriptor found then, today in Nigeria, and by slave owners throughout the Diaspora, amongst others. Another common identifier of Igbo people is stubborn, which is used to describe Hebrews in the Bible.

When we look at the 400 years story of the Hebrews and current Black people, there are so many similarities. We could also argue that Africa itself is the promised land, and all Africans represent the 12 tribes. I saw somewhere that there were 13 African kingdoms that were split up into 54 countries. Either way, our identity is our inheritance, meaning, our liberation, whether as Igbo’s or as Africans, will save the world. I truly believe that just as the white Jews have stored up wealth for their white counterparts and own all the media outlets and hold a substantial amount of wealth, I believe that is what the liberation of original Hebrews will do. Allow us to join together and store up wealth and privilege for our African counterparts. Just as people give credit to ancient Kemet and look to them for ways to move forward, I believe that the liberation of true Igbo identity will give us ways to move forward as well. Nsibidi, the ancient Igbo writing is credited to being one of the roadmaps to the western world in terms of architecture and infrastructure.

Take a look at what’s happening around the world, as Black people are fighting for liberation, Igbos are fighting for liberation from Nigeria, currently. I don’t think it is by mistake, I think it is very telling, what will the liberation of Igbos do and mean? I mean, even Alkebulan, the word said to have described africa before being named Africa, is an Igbo word…

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#SoulfulSundays – Africanity and balance between women & men…

“Strong Black woman” did not come from feminism, it’s been here since the beginning of time. Our strength is what has sustained us, and coupled with mans strength we build nations. We can be soft and healing to each other at home, and a united strong force to the world. A multifaceted woman will be all things, and her man will be the lucky person to see all sides of her – feminine and gentle at home, while receiving that masculine gentleness at home as well.

Men have been taught not to be emotional but I believe men should be able to carry and cover their woman’s emotions as well, as women have covered & carried men’s; a woman cannot bear the burden of emotions alone. Neither women or men have all the answers in their relationship, and each will need their time to be vulnerable and weak. Patriarchy is so wild that it made people believe that the gender who is responsible for life entering the world needs to be lead somewhere, where are we being lead to? Our minds and bodies have the capacity to give life, we are capable of leading in decisions as a team, just as we were leading our lives as single women (shout out to the women visionaries living unapologetically, your visions are valid and will change the world).

People have attached the word strength to a man, that is why strength is seen as masculine. There is women’s strength, and men’s strength, but together it builds nations. Clearly, men and women are physically different and have different bodily functions and energies. What happened is capitalism changed the dynamics of relationships and monetized the actions of men and women in relationships. I believe that, even men at home don’t have to be strong 24/7. Love itself is a safe place, healing place, building place, and home can be a place to be free and rest to build back up to be strong for the world.

Women and men should be there for each other according to their needs. It’s not just that men provide, African women have always worked. It is clear in how women currently run the marketplace in Africa, as well as how I witnessed the precolonial tribe of Himba women contribute to physical labor as well. Not being strong all the time does not make a man weak, I shouldn’t need a man to be strong 24/7, what are we even fighting at home? We are taking care of each other watching movies eating popcorn and strategizing/building. What you’re good at, contribute to it! We help each other. The only reason I feel some men stress they need peace and need a woman to be quiet is because he is not doing right. Women always know, just be honest & there’ll be peace. Miscommunications may happen but that’s human nature and doesn’t have to be toxic.

I’ve seen men lie and cheat, and be mad that their wife is reacting. I feel some men just want to do what they want without being questioned, and that’s not how life works. I’ve never seen a good man stress his need for peace, because he IS peace. Dear men, break from the shackles of patriarchy. Men are used to tripping on women’s emotions, but a woman who knows herself won’t let you play your silly game. Is that what you’re running from? Just tell the truth & treat a woman as a human, it may work. Yes, I have a word for women too – men aren’t machines to be overworked and looked to for all the answers.

The only imbalance between African women and men is that men haven’t learned to balance and enhance the strength of African women, and instead have tried to shame us for it. Us women have tried to shame vulnerable men and force strength, 24/7. We can be all things, and balance each other. We were all given something to contribute to the world, it’s not burdensome if we find the right people to build with. In reality, our purpose doesn’t stop, it just grows when we marry. In singleness, we all have a purpose too, so anyone in our life, friend or spouse, should add to us – our well being, mental health, and purpose, everything with intention.

I believe there is 1 true person to help us live out our vision and purpose, and others who can get close. But the 1? The visions would match and enhance each other’s, I believe. It doesn’t mean you need a spouse for your purpose, it’s just that a spouse is to enhance and not drain. Others who are close but not the 1, would just require extra effort on our part. Ultimately, the purpose is enhanced & continued with the children, I believe, and even if a wrong spouse is chosen, all hope is not lost, it just takes a lot of self correcting and intentional spiritually to get the bloodline back on track, like I did, and now I am ready to match my purpose with the right 1. I also, through my work, wish to help people find their true purpose, as I believe it is key in finding a true spouse. That is why my class Decolonize Your Mind™, helps people do just that. Everything I do is attached. Check it out!