Ancestry February 29, 2020 Tags:a6500, ancestry, ancestry dna, ancestry dna results, April, black culture, Black history, Blackness, dna results, dna test, docuvlogs, Essay, ethnicity, film essay, film journal, genealogy, geneology, genetics, Hallease, headwrap, journal, Lifestyle, race, San Antonio, short film, Sony a6500, South Texas, Texas, Toni Morrison, turban, VEDA, video diaries, video journals, Vlog every day in April, Vlogging, vlogs Related Posts DNA Junkies – Männer oder Alkohol? (S1, E6) Family Tree Clinic Positively Impacts Lives The cancer gene we all have – Michael Windelspecht About The Author John Henderson 38 Comments Aisha Soleil Oh snap you’re doing VEDA?! (Guessing from the “I’ll see you tomorrow.) I haven’t peeped your insta today so I probably missed that announcement. Lol! Oh man… to me being black is partly phenotype, partly experience… shared and unique. Being black is collectively giggling at a hot comb before Easter Sunday meme and the shared experience of burned ears and foreheads. However, it’s also being a science nerd, a sports fanatic, a metal head or a hip hop connoisseur. I guess what I’m trying to say is while there is no one way to be black, we do all share something more than just skin color. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s there. Maybe it’s magic. To be black is to be magical. 🙅🏾♀️ ✊🏾🌟 April 1, 2018 Reply Alexandrea Owens YES!!! VEDA!!! I love this perspective on it. I've always grown up knowing that I'm African American and I would always wonder, but where am I from in Africa? I'm interested in taking an ancestry test. I think I'm leaning more towards trying African Ancestry so I can know what country in Africa I'm from. I love that Toni Morrison quote by the way, something I should think about more often. April 1, 2018 Reply Tevin Townsend Don't trust the results. April 1, 2018 Reply exclusiveop Love everything about this video. As for what it means to be an African American, "everywhere and nowhere" about sums it up for me as well but Toni Morrison's perspective is definitely food for thought. With that said, I take pride in being a part of the diaspora and my black American heritage no matter it's challenges and imperfections…there's just something beautiful about our shared resilience as a people. April 1, 2018 Reply Michaela Jenkins Totally feel this. April 1, 2018 Reply BLANK MAN Great job as always! I am looking forward to the rest of the month. April 1, 2018 Reply alison hilaire I no longer ask myself this elusive questions "Am I Black?". I just know that I am from Martinique, that I am French West Indian so I am part of the African diaspora. Because of this common origin, I acknowledge, I respect and I admire the different cultures and experiences within the diaspora. April 1, 2018 Reply Yomi O. I am black. Born in Mississippi. I don’t claim American. I won’t claim the land of my oppressors. I’m not a hyphenated version of anyone’s country, so I don’t say African American. I am not from 2 continents. I’ve been to West Africa (Nigeria). Honestly, they could care less about blacks in the US. I accept black even though it has been used against us. I find power in the word black. I am from no where. April 1, 2018 Reply Ardean Peters I am black. I am Canadian. Those are the only things I know. My parents are West Indian from the island of St Vincent but I don't claim it the same way because I didn't grow there. What it means to me to be black as an adult is to both feel 'other' and at home simultaneously. April 1, 2018 Reply AmandaGotSomethingToSay I don’t take away from anyone doing DNA tests but for me, it’s too late. I’ll still never know if I’m truly from those African countries. Nothing can replace being told my direct lineage directly from my lineage. Sometimes I’m very mad at what was stolen from me. No ancestry, no native language, no traditions, no recipes, just a complete blank space. But I’ve decided to just claim all of Africa. I am black and I’ve just let that be enough. Good luck embarking on this journey Hallease. Ase’! April 1, 2018 Reply The Chat Room Wow! April 1, 2018 Reply Soybeans This is really great. I love that Toni Morrison quote. I actually listened to on sound cloud a few weeks ago.I think it’s great for Black Americans to acknowledge their African DNA, but it’s also okay for them to take pride in their Black American identity.At this point Black Americans have been in this country for hundreds of years and have built this country, so it’s home. Of course there will always be a connection to the African continent, but they can also take pride in the new culture they have created in this country. Because with their creativity, history, adaptability and survival it’s made them unique and special. April 1, 2018 Reply The Best As a Nigerian American let me tell you youDon’t get any special powers by knowing where you come from. I actually love my bf family and how connected he is to his community. Whenever he tries to discount it I quickly remind him that he has such a beautiful and strong heritage here in America . Black Americans are some of the strongest people on earth April 1, 2018 Reply boldgolddreads I love ur style. So creative intentional and thoughtful. April 1, 2018 Reply Yvette M. Holland Wonderful video! April 1, 2018 Reply Briana Oliver "Its being from everywhere and nowhere". Precisely. Its having a culture of food, music, and customs, but not knowing where it originated. I'm really glad you're on this journey. I took the Ancestry test as well and not only found out where my ancestors came from but their migration patterns in the slave trade. I was amazed and saddened at the same time what my DNA says about the journey my ancestors were forced to take. I'm living proof of their struggle. April 1, 2018 Reply lexbex I recently did my ancestry DNA and go my results back last week. I thought I would be around 84% Black but ended up being 60% Black, with Cameroon/Nigerian/Senegalese being the bulk of it and 32% South and East Asian due to my grandpa being a South Asian Jamaican. For the first time when I told people, they were questioning my Blackness and it got me thinking how… even though I'm less Black than what I thought, I'm still very Black and my life experience had been through the lens of a Back girl. It's the only experience I will ever know. It's all I know. April 1, 2018 Reply Stephanie Lee I totally agree with Toni Morrison. April 1, 2018 Reply Nontalie Morrow Hi Everyone. If you're interested in another DNA test that can give more specific results to the continent, I would recommend African Ancestry (http://africanancestry.com/home/). It's a lot more expensive than the "Ancestry" or "23 and Me" tests, but it's also a lot more comprehensive. Check it out if you're interested. April 1, 2018 Reply Bindi Marc I really really really liked this. April 1, 2018 Reply Kaycia Sailsman I am black. I was born in Jamaica. Being black to me means navigating the world with a swagger that everyone else wants but still being too afraid to fully be myself out of fear of judgment. April 1, 2018 Reply DaeSpeaks I really enjoyed this video! April 1, 2018 Reply QueenxofxthexBurbs I’m American. I’m black. Those things sometimes seem to exist in spite of each other and other times because of each other. ILove your videos. Please continue making content. April 2, 2018 Reply Eunice Ndungu This was such a powerful and beautiful message. That Toni Morrison quote hit me in the gut. I felt that in my soul. I only began to understand the racism that pervades my life these past few years in college, and find myself feeling the need to prove my worth and validity to the people around me because of it on a daily basis. That need is a harmful distraction that virtually consumes my life, and will eventually destroy it. Rather than progressing in my academic and personal goals, I'm inhibited by worrying that I am not perceived as valid by others…That really affirmed how I've felt. Thanks for sharing that insightful quote. I'm excited for VEDA! April 2, 2018 Reply SheAnatural B. I experienced the learning of who and what made me. It was invigorating…to say the least. I care not for the reasons why it was necessary for a black person to learn…it was simply invigorating. April 2, 2018 Reply radiant812 It is tomorrow! Waiting patiently for the next video. Being black just means being authentically me. Accepting myself for who I am, and doing my best to live without limiting myself to society’s idea of who I should be. April 2, 2018 Reply radiant812 I did the DNA test and it just verified what I already knew. It helped put more names on our family tree too. April 2, 2018 Reply Eleisha Dope video! So glad this popped up on my timeline. Being Black to me is being proud. Like regardless of whatever BS is thrown about you be proud love your melanin from light skinned to dark skinned. April 2, 2018 Reply Lily M Before I finish watching this to be honest I thought you were an African in the diaspora. Very good video. April 2, 2018 Reply thatblackkat15 I'm black. I was born and raised in the US, but I'm Jamaican. Being 1st gen is strange. I cannot deny that I've been shaped by American culture, but Jamaica is my culture too. I was born here, but my roots are elsewhere. At the end of the day being Jamaican doesn't change the fact that my ancestral roots have been stolen from me by slavery, but it's still a distinction worth noting, and a distinction that I want to explore more. April 3, 2018 Reply Hallease First of all, y'all seriously let me have the wrong month number in the title of this video for days and didn't say ANYTHING. That's mad rude. Secondly, I'm loving the comments! April 3, 2018 Reply ibyl I always enjoy the artistic flow of your stories. April 3, 2018 Reply JirehTV This makes me feel like I need to journal before I answer your final question. Lol April 4, 2018 Reply Bryn Olason Wonderful. Thank you. April 10, 2018 Reply Sammy Nammy Here from MAZELEE. Black is undefinable, yet it is also fullness thereof. One cannot deny the power it carries. Which resonates through the word and everything it comes in contact with. April 12, 2018 Reply PoseidonXIII I love that Toni Morrison quote! I think if it all the time when it comes to individual and systemic hate. August 21, 2018 Reply Yvette Chinsee I grew up in a country that is predominantly black so I wasn't preoccupied with race. It's like being a woman; I know I'm a woman but I don't dwell on it. Being black to me is as natural as the sun. I just am. December 8, 2018 Reply Victory Begins in the Garden so true January 9, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.