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What is the African Diaspora? #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! Well, today I’ve seen a lot of division amongst Black people in different parts of the Diaspora. It is important to me to know what’s going on exactly with Black people, real time, to address it head on. Part of my contribution to the Global Black Diaspora is my experience with 2 parents from different parts of the Diaspora. My dad is from Nigeria, and my mom is from Virginia. I have always looked for the similarities and found that there are more similarities than differences. What is true about both of my bloodlines is that great and great great grandfathers on both sides made changes in the trajectory of the bloodline to create a new narrative going forward. I believe that we can build on the strengths of our ancestors, no matter what part of the Diaspora they represent. I believe also that we build on each others strengths as well as each part of the Diaspora has something the other may not have, pay attention. But first, let’s define the Black Black Diaspora, what has it or does it mean to you? Enjoy!

ETHNIC AND CULTURAL GROUPS

What is the African Diaspora?

Defined by Ndidi Love

The African Diaspora is defined as the communities that are located throughout the world made up of people of African Descent. African descent is defined as having African ancestry. That means that if someone is an ancestor of a voluntary migrant, or of an involuntary slave, they are still considered part of the African Diaspora. If a person is half Black, they are part of the African Diaspora as well, because half of their DNA is of African Ancestry.

Collectively, we make up the African Diaspora whether we come from Africa, Trinidad, or South Carolina. We should begin to include our brothers and sisters as being part of the African Diaspora, even if they do not come from the same part of the globe as us. There are some who do not consider it the African Diaspora, if the person is not from Africa or have at least one parent from Africa. However, any Diaspora, no matter what continent of origin, doesn’t exclude members based on if they are one or two generations removed. Everyone wants a place to call home, and unfortunately, our new homes were not always chosen, but forced upon us.

So we should consider that. Let’s be more inclusive of each other in the African Diaspora. We share similarities, and the differences are just another reason to join together and share them with one another. Whether jollof rice from Ghana, or jambalaya from Louisiana, the one derived from the desire to keep a culture that was being lost. It’s not a reason to separate ourselves, but a reason to celebrate the many different tastes, sounds, cultures, and lifestyles of the African Diaspora.

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History of Jamaican Jerk Chicken: #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! How are you loving these Black History Month posts?! I bet you love them, learning so much, right! I like to give more than just basic knowledge, I like to connect it to something meaningful, and today, I am telling you that Jerk Chicken yes, Jerk Chicken was a means of survival for Africans who were enslaved in Jamaica, actually the Maroon Jamaicans who escaped from British rule. Can you imagine? We as Black people have literally survived more than any group of people, if it wasn’t already part of our culture, we created a new culture out of a means for survival, and what was once survival is enjoyment today. How many times have I eaten Jerk chicken?, especially with all the Jamaican people I knew back in the day. What people don’t know is that Jerk chicken was not always spicy, the form in which it was cooked was over a hot fire similar to how we barbeque. Makes me wonder, and I’m just going to go ahead and say it, Black people invented barbeque too! At this point we just claim it. Enjoy!


CULTURE WEDNESDAYS

History of Jerk Chicken.

I love how all the finest foods, customs, and traditions were derived from oppression, that we turned around and made victory. As Africans dispersed all over the world, we truly always had a means of survival. The history of Jerk chicken is no different, created by the Maroons of Jamaica, the slaves who escaped the British during a 1655 invasion.

The term “jerk” comes from the poking of the meat with a sharp utensil to allow the seasoning to go deep down into the meat. Traditionally, jerk was used for pork, and slow cooked over open fire pits; but now can be cooked on BBQ grills and even in the oven with a variety of meats!

The main ingredients in jerk seasoning are scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries (allspice), and thyme. These spices are combined with scallion, onion, garlic, and other seasonings to make a marinade.

Click the video link above to watch how to make Jerk Chicken!

Enjoy Loves! ❤️

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Ethnic & Cultural Groups: What is the African Diaspora?

ETHNIC AND CULTURAL GROUPS

What is the African Diaspora?

Defined by Ndidi Love

The African Diaspora is defined as the communities that are located throughout the world made up of people of African Descent. African descent is defined as having African ancestry. That means that if someone is an ancestor of a voluntary migrant, or of an involuntary slave, they are still considered part of the African Diaspora. If a person is half Black, they are part of the African Diaspora as well, because half of their DNA is of African Ancestry.

Collectively, we make up the African Diaspora whether we come from Africa, Trinidad, or South Carolina. We should begin to include our brothers and sisters as being part of the African Diaspora, even if they do not come from the same part of the globe as us. There are some who do not consider it the African Diaspora, if the person is not from Africa or have at least one parent from Africa. However, any Diaspora, no matter what continent of origin, doesn’t exclude members based on if they are one or two generations removed. Everyone wants a place to call home, and unfortunately, our new homes were not always chosen, but forced upon us.

So we should consider that. Let’s be more inclusive of each other in the African Diaspora. We share similarities, and the differences are just another reason to join together and share them with one another. Whether jollof rice from Ghana, or jambalaya from Louisiana, the one derived from the desire to keep a culture that was being lost. It’s not a reason to separate ourselves, but a reason to celebrate the many different tastes, sounds, cultures, and lifestyles of the African Diaspora.

❤️

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Jerk Chicken: Culture Wednesdays.

CULTURE WEDNESDAYS

History of Jerk Chicken.

I love how all the finest foods, customs, and traditions were derived from oppression. As Africans dispersed all over the world, we truly always had a means of survival. The history of Jerk chicken is no different, created by the Maroons of Jamaica, the slaves who escaped the British during a 1655 invasion.

The term “jerk” comes from the poking of the meat with a sharp utensil to allow the seasoning to go deep down into the meat. Traditionally, jerk was used for pork, and slow cooked over open fire pits; but now can be cooked on BBQ grills and even in the oven with a variety of meats!

The main ingredients in jerk seasoning are scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries (allspice), and thyme. These spices are combined with scallion, onion, garlic, and other seasonings to make a marinade.

Click the video link above to watch how to make Jerk Chicken!

Enjoy Loves! ❤️