In the Blackseat

Episode 10 | Back in the Diaspora: Belize, Haiti, Cuba

October 28, 2020 Liz M. Season 1 Episode 10
In the Blackseat
Episode 10 | Back in the Diaspora: Belize, Haiti, Cuba
Show Notes

We are back in the Diaspora with Ken (Belize), Felice (Cuba) and Jessica (Haiti, and returning friend of In the Blackseat!) They are tied to their heritage in ways the illuminate the Black immigrant experience (once that doesn't get focused on much). Ken shares his passion for unity and all things Belize; Jessica speaks lovingly about her Haitian roots (and how her grandparents fought off political pressure and fear to make a life in the U.S.); Felice delves into Afro-Latin identity, how that's evolved over time for her, and what a trip to the salon taught her about the gulf that is still there when people assume that Black skin does not equal countryman. We had a really searing discussion about whether we FELT American, or identified as such, defined Blackness, and spoke about their Black heroes.