Bridging the Gap: A Personal Reflection Of Colorism In Black Society And The Struggle To Decolonize by Ronica Bey.
My family’s heritage reflects deep southern roots as well as indigenous Native American, Caribbean (Belize) and African ancestry. My maternal great grandmother was full-blood Native of Cheraw/Yamassee and Seminole ancestry. She passed away when I was three or four years old and I have very vague memories of her.
Aranesa Turner of Pomo and African heritage is a member of the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indian. Her mother was born and raised on the Big Valley Rancheria reservation, and her father is Black American. She is believed to be the second American Indian to be selected for the main competition of American Idol (Charly Lowry, being the first).
I’ve been in the practice of storytelling through art since elementary school. I didn’t begin to tell my own story, however, until graduate school, where I wrote about the adventures of a dark-skinned mixed boy and a Russian-American girl in rural Kansas. After two years of study, I managed to complete my thesis, but was well short of a finished first draft.
Celebrating inspiring Jihan Gearon who is Diné (Navajo) and Black American.
Jihan Gearon is the Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition and an aggressive advocate of Indigenous Peoples rights and environmental justice as well as an active organizer, speaker, and writer on these issues.
Celebrating Indian Voices, Native American Newspaper and Journalist, Activist Rose Davis in San Diego, California.
Indian Voices is a community service that publishes monthly in San Diego. Besides a 24/7 online presence several thousand hard copies go out to various sites including many of the Native American Indian Reservations in San Diego County.
"Celebrating Afro Native Hip Hop artist 'Lady X'" by Sheilah Dasher.
Working with her tribe Lady X of Navajo and African heritage has helped promote safe sex awareness through her music, and youth reservation fundraising. Running a non-profit organization, Balance N Options, Lady X is dedicated to improving independent wealth and harvesting healthy lifestyles with a Native approach. She also uprooted her business I Am The Biz to her reservation.
YoNasDa Lonewolf Hill "Queen YoNasDa" is an activist, hip hop artist and curator of African and Lakota heritage. YoNasDa, pronounced Yo-Naja-Ha, meaning “Precious Jewel”, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. "No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman," is a saying that breathes truth for Queen YoNasDa as she epitomizes this energy. YoNasDa is committed to continuing the work of her mother Wauneta Lone Wolf-Cox (1951 - 2003)
Sheilah Naajiibah Dasher is a young woman warrior with strength and fearlessness in her name. She is an experienced conference speaker, workshop facilitator and American Indian advocate. Naajiibah is a Navajo female warrior name, named for her great grandmother a herbalist medicine woman. Dasher wears her Native American Indian heritage proudly. Dasher is of mixed heritage from her Native American Indian mother and Black-American father. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, but also honors her Zuni and Apache ancestral heritage.
Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't-Saqama'sgw Walking Woman, is a 9th generation Afro-Native Canadian of Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéha, Mi’kmaw First Nations and African heritage from Nova Scotia, is a drumtalk-poetic-rapologist, musician, hip hop MC, arts educator, radio show host, artivist and curator based in Toronto, Canada.