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You’re So Different: OK, But What Makes You Black?

Photo: Courtesy of Melba V. Pearson-Mecham America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   “You’re so different. You’re so articulate. Why do you talk like a white girl? You’re the whitest black girl I know.” Comments like these beg the question: What […]

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Eat, Pray, This Can’t Be Love

Photo: Paul Bromley America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   John Singleton. Dead at 51. Stroke/Hypertension. Nipsey Hussle. Dead at 23. Murdered. Phife Dawg. Dead at 45. Diabetes. Paul Bromley. Alive at 35. Overweight and spiritually confused. Is my clock ticking? […]

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Jersey Black

Photo: Christina Joy America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   When I tell people I’m from Jersey that usually garners one of three reactions: “Oh yeah what part, Newark?” Translation: All Black people from Jersey live in Newark. “Like Jersey Shore?!” […]

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To be a Black American Muslim Woman Is to be Both an Insider and an Outsider 

Photo: iStock America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   If I had to describe my relationship with Islam in one word, it would be nuanced. Two words? Profoundly nuanced. I’m not a hijabi Muslimah, and because I don’t wear hijab, I […]

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A Tale of Two Faces

The writer’s paternal grandparents, left, and her parents.Photo: Marguerite Matthews America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   My mother tells me I look like my grandmother, a brown belle whose features I know only through faded photographs and choppy 8mm film […]

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The Unbearable Blackness of Being

Photo: Dustin Seibert America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   Shortly after I entered the world via Detroit’s now-shuttered Grace Hospital one summer day in 1981, I set upon what was an unmistakably black-ass upbringing in one of America’s chocolatiest cities. […]

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America. In Black.: A VSB Essay Series About the Unique and Individual Experiences of Black People in America

Graphic: Jim Cooke (Gizmodo Media Group) America. In Black.America. In Black. is a weekly essay series that examines the myriad experiences of blackness in the United States.   One of the best parts about VSB over the course of our existence—which is going on 11 years(!!!!!) come March—is that we’ve had the opportunity to write about […]

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