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Flying to the Other Wing

“Cuba y Puerto Rico son de un pájaro las dos alas.” [Translation: Cuba and Puerto Rico are the two wings of one bird]. That was one of the last things my Abuela [grandmother] said to me as I left Puerto … Continue reading

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Being an African American in Africa: “What are you?”

Disclaimers 1) The question, “What are you?” is objectifying. If the goal is to find out a person’s heritage, the more proper question to ask is “How do you identify?” 2) Every African American’s experience in Cape Town, South Africa … Continue reading

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“Ei Toubab Toubab! Fatou?”

I sincerely promise that my description of my first week in Dakar as a “whirlwind” or “rollercoaster” is not a mere metaphorical cop-out for a lazy writer who does not feel like searching for the right words. I would be … Continue reading

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Reflections on Onions

I spend a significant portion of my day thinking about food. I have the world’s tiniest room, which precludes having a refrigerator, which means that I eat almost all my meals out. Therefore, every day I spend a lot of … Continue reading

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