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Diasporans Making A Difference: #TeamworkThursdays

Hello All! Hope you all are staying warm. The power here on my end has been consistent since late last night so I said let me get back to work on DiasporAfri.com! I see so many new subscribers, welcome! Glad to have you. In case you didn’t know, Teamwork Thursdays is where I feature someone in the Global Black Diaspora who is doing great work to uplift Black people. That means anywhere we are, even in Czechoslovakia!!! Well, if you are in Czechoslovakia, let me know. I featured Tunji Enahoro last week (check it out!), and this week, I want to feature my very first Diasporans Making A Difference interview I did in person on November 10, 2016, although it wasn’t the first! All I had was my cell phone, and we were in a little cafe in DC, but just like the world is doing now, I made it work! Always be proud in everything you do, for doing it. Not because it got 10,000 likes, or even 10, be proud, your work is your work, and every little or big thing we do as Black people in this world will eventually be the stories we tell of how we got to freedom. Jide Ehimika and Stefan Grant started NoirBnB due to a racist enounter they had with AirBnb, as we always do as a people, we make a way for ourselves! Enjoy the interview with Jide Ehimika, below! Be sure to support Jide and NoirBnb as well!

DIASPORANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Jide Ehimika of NoirBnb

Jide Ehimika, Co-Founder of NoirBnb, shares the story and inspiration behind NoirBnb. NoirBnb’s Co-Founder, Stefan Grant, used an unfortunate situation of inequality to create a lasting solution that benefits people of the Black Diaspora, and others, all over the world. Together, Jide and Stefan are the perfect example of using our gifts and banding together to overcome inequality and make lasting change in society. They came together to create a platform that allows people of color to travel the world and lodge in safe spaces where they will be treated with dignity and respect. They encourage travel around the world, and in the United States; and they wish to help the Black Diaspora connect through travel! When you enter the NoirBnb website (NoirBnb.com), it says “Welcome Home”. I felt at home while talking to Jide, and was truly inspired by his story, his inspirations, his successes, and his vision for the future. He has some encouraging words for us, and I encourage us all to support Jide and Stefan on the launch of NoirBnb!

Visit their website at NoirBnb.com
Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, and instagram: @NoirBnb

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#Throwback Black History Month post – The Free African Society

Hello All! So I originally wrote this blog post on January 29, 2018, about the Free African Society. As I’ve stated before, even last week, I know that Black people come from all backgrounds, religions, incomes, and ways of life, but our unity is our fight. That’s what the Free African Society of 1781 did, brought Black people together from all religions and backgrounds to strategize and provide aid to build up leaders in the Black community, so it can be done! I’m not the type of person who looks at the thousands who can’t, I focus on the ones who can, and have, and are; because I’m a doer. As a doer, I do, and I will, and I’m bringing people along with me. Check out the throwback Black History Month blog post below, and let’s have a dialogue! Also, register to join me for week 3 of the Dear Black People Webinar series, by clicking here. Enjoy!


I visited the African American Museum again last week, and I found myself asking the question “where is the Church’s place in our ongoing civil rights movement?” I am a Christian, and what I realized is that the church was unapologetic about fighting for freedom after slavery, and throughout the civil rights movement. Churches were the places where people organized, and used faith to bring the message of freedom and equality to the masses. We have to get back to that point. We can no longer apologize for using our faith to fight for freedom. The two go hand in hand, it’s relevant. I found this article on the Free African Society of Philadelphia, which was founded on January 28th, 1787. Check out the article below!

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After Richard Allen secured his freedom, he was a circuit preacher and attended meetings in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. When Allen came to the Philadelphia in 1786, he was approached by the minister of St. George’s United Methodist Church to preach to the small number of African Americans who attended. It was here that Allen met Absalom Jones, a former worshiper at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The two men, along with other black community leaders, talked about forming their own religious society. However, since they came from many different backgrounds and religions, they instead formed the Free African Society in 1787.

Among the first organizations of its kind in America, the Free African Society’s main goal was to provide aid to newly freed blacks so that they could gather strength and develop leaders in the community. The Society soon became too large to meet in Richard Allen’s house and its meetings moved to the Quaker African School House. In 1789, the Society more closely aligned itself with the Quaker faith and its meetings began to mimick Quaker services. That prompted Allen, who was a Methodist, and many who were loyal to him to leave the organization.

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#Throwback Black History Month Blog Post: SUSU

Hello All! Today’s Black History Month throwback blog post features a practice called SUSU! It is a tradition in which money is intentionally funded and spent within the black community, similar to a credit union, actually, it inspired the concept of the credit union. I was having a conversation yesterday, and the person was adamant that you have to have grown up poor to represent the poor; I disagreed, I said it was the mindset over income, you can be rich with a poor mindset, and poor with a rich mindset. If the mindset is to fund the dollars right back into corporations that don’t sow into the Black community, that’s a poor mindset, because it places value on infrastructures that don’t have our best interest. The key is our unified fight, If wealthy Black people share their resources and create spaces where “poor” can represent themselves, that is a solution too, but to argue over whether the rich or poor have an arm in this fight is useless. Decolonized minds that want to grow black communities all over the world are beneficial to the fight. Decolonize your mind, here. Enjoy!

CULTURE TUESDAYS

Susu

“In parts of West Africa and the Caribbean an ancient version of cooperative economics exists, called “susu.” As one of the oldest forms of microfinance in Africa, the practice is run by one of Africa’s oldest financial groups, susu collectors. They run their businesses from kiosks in the marketplace and act as mobile bankers.

Clients make low but regular deposits on a daily or weekly basis over the course of a month into a susu account. At the end of this period the susu collector returns the accumulated savings to the client but keeps one day’s savings as commission. Susu collectors may also provide advances to their clients or rotate the accumulated deposits of a group between individual members.

Today, susu collectors provide many West Africans who would otherwise be denied credit with access to money they need to start up small venture projects that in many cases benefit the community as a whole. In the United States, Black immigrants from the Caribbean have enjoyed one of the highest economic growth rates using a form of the susu and leveraging this practice to establish successful credit unions.”

Find out more here: http://itsoureconomy.us/2014/09/5-historic-examples-of-cooperative-economics-ujamaa-that-advanced-the-black-community/

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#Throwback Black History Blog Post: West African Storytelling

Hello All! So on social media, I have been sharing throwback Black History blog posts for Black History Month. The early days of my blog were focused on educating solely about cultures in the Global Black Diaspora from America, to the Caribbean Islands, Latin America, Africa of course, and even parts of Pakistan, we are everywhere! Well, I want to share this luxury with you all as well, my loyal subscribers. I do not want to overflood your inboxes, so I’ll share 1 Black History Post a day for Black History Month, and I encourage you to use the archives button at the bottom of the page to scroll through my posts from 2012-2017, for more culture rich posts on history and the many black ways of life around the globe. Also, let me know what you want to learn about in terms of Black culture; we are so diverse, we must celebrate all our ways of life! Check out this throwback blog post on West African Storytelling, check out the original post, here. Enjoy!

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CULTURE TUESDAYS

West African Storytelling: Seen Throughout Black Culture Today

A West African storyteller, also known as a Griot, historically has been responsible for passing down oral tradition. The Griot is society’s historian, storyteller, musician, and poet.

Griots memorized and recited stories of important events and people. Wise sayings often come from Griots, such as “it takes a village to raise a child.” Storytelling was and is used both to teach and to entertain.

Storytelling is a community practice, and calls for participation. The practice of “call and response”, as we still see in Black cultures all over the world today, originated in storytelling. The storyteller makes a call, and the audience responds according to the call. That can be seen a lot in Black music today as well.

Many times, African storytelling uses multiple references to animals and earthly things. Many times the animals have the characteristic of the moral lesson they are trying to get across. For example, a fox that ruins a vineyard can represent an evil person trying to ruin a relationship.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson about African storytelling. This is a practice still seen in much of Black culture and was essential when passing down history through slavery. We should hold on to the stories our ancestors have told us!

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