About me,  African-Americans,  Afro-Americans,  Afro-mentality,  History,  Race identity,  Race in America

Hello, I’m Esperance Ndombe and Welcome to Black 2 Afri.

Hello there, and welcome to my blog called, “Black 2 Afri”. I’ve been holding back creating this blog site to express my opinions and feelings toward our beautiful African people living all over the world. Before, I get more in-depth about what my blog is all about.

I want to introduce myself to ya’ll first. My full name is Esperance Ndombe, but my family & friends call me, Espe. It sounds like, “SP,” literally. If you watch the professional sports award show called, “the Espys” sounds like that but not spelled that way. I’ve been living in California for 9 years now. Originally coming from New Hampshire since 2011. I moved out of New Hampshire because I wanted adventure in my life, and I didn’t want to settle in the New England area. I looked into AmeriCorps and thought it was a good opportunity to move out of New Hampshire. That’s how I made my way to California.

I started my master’s in digital marketing in 2016 at Concordia College, Bronxville, NY. An online graduate program in digital marketing that taught me to dig deeper into the digital marketing industry. How much the industry has evolved is very impeccable. The connection between business and service has risen with its customers because of digital marketing, software, and technology. I finished my last grad classes in the fall semester of 2019 and graduated officially in May 2020.

I’ve been working in digital marketing throughout my graduate program to create my digital creative agency. My mission is to work and connect with small/local-businesses to integrate digital marketing strategies into their business initiatives. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been working as a freelancer for clients who need digital marketing for their projects. I’m grateful for myself in going this direction for my master’s education. I am engaging more in the local/small-business realm and seeing myself grow more into my business professional career.

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Black 2 Afri is part of my race identity side project that I’m doing for myself and my people in the African diaspora. I hope to help change how we speak about ourselves in Black, how we write in Black context about our race of people, and how parts of the African diaspora identify with Black identity. I’m here to challenge and speak from the heart about our African identity, even if you were not born in Africa.

The context of this blog is directed toward Black-Americans who identify with Black. I want this blog to turn into a center of our race identity conversation, hopefully. Even though I was born in the United States of America from two Angolan-Congolese people. I don’t see myself, talk about myself, or write about myself in the Black context because I don’t see myself as a color race; rather, a mixed-nationality race.

I am excited to be writing this blog about how I feel the people who identify as Black within the African diaspora, including the following: the United States of America, the Caribbeans, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, parts of South America, Europe, and Africa. These are countries with high populations of Africans living in these lands but may identify with Black without giving African a first-thought.

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I will be researching scholars’ papers on our race identity, African-American history, West African history, Afri-culture, food, entertainment, and lifestyle. I will be analyzing and writing throughout this blog. Eventually, I will be creating video content for this blog, hopefully starting in August 2020.

I am here for my people. I am here because I want my people to take pride in saying their African, even if they were not born in Africa. Because the Black identity was given by the British people who speak English. In their context of who our people are (Black) versus the new British-Americans (White). I hope to help you love you for being African/Afro, taking pride, honoring your ancestors, and learning to appreciate your African identity.

Follow Black 2 Afri as I dive into Black race identity to help you realize you’ve been African all-along living in the United States of America. As a society, we need to utilize our words to describe people’s race toward nationality description. This targets White and Black people because of our race mentality of how we see, talk, and write about ourselves is still in the context of color.

Discovery the beauty of your African ancestry. You will be filled with cultural heritage richness, beauty, love, and identity.

Esperance Ndombe

AfriEspiritu / AfriEsprit / AfriSpirit / AfriEspirito

Hey, y'all, Welcome to my about me page. It's a pleasure to introduce myself. My name is Esperance, but I also go by Espe, which sounds like an "SP." I was born in Rhode Island and raised in New Hampshire in New England's Northeast region. At the University of New Hampshire, I went to college in Durham, NH, studied Recreation Management & Policy with minors in Business Administration & Hospitality Management. In summer 2011, I decided to move to California for AmeriCorps and found myself in volunteer-community service for two years in Watsonville, CA. I love the area so much. I lived in Santa Cruz for 2 years and fell in love with a Salvadorean man while living together in Aromas, CA. I've been living in the country-rural life for 6 years and probably for another two years. A lot has been happening around the world, but the ones that struck me the most were the killings of my brother's and sister's, not relatives, but my people, my African American people struck by outrageous police force brutality, and sadly lost their lives. It pains me to see this happening in our lifetime, and the majority of the police officers get indicted, showing no accountability for their flagrant actions on human life. Even in life, I've always lived as an African American woman, and I never saw or identified myself as Black or People of Color, which most of my race identifies with Black, Blackness, or People of Color. I want to help empower those Black Americans who identify with Black to transform their race mentality to Afri/African American. To love, say, write, describe yourself in the Afri/African American context. The majority are still in the Black context. I'm a full-time digital marketer working as a freelancer and on my own projects with Black 2 Afri, Wild 4 Bamboo, and Earthian Digital Marketing. I received my master's degree in Digital Marketing from Concordia College and gained experience freelancing on Upwork in April of 2020. Keeping in touch with your customers and audience base depend on valuable content presented to keep them engaged with your brand. I develop step-by-step digital marketing guidance, advice, and consultations for clients needing digital marketing. I also love cooking, playing, and watching sports: mostly soccer, basketball, track & field, making chili sauces, watching car racing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, the outdoor life, studying languages: Spanish, French, and traveling. I love to cook West African food, American food, Italian and Chinese food. I'm hoping to create a West African food pop-up event next year. Besides being a cook, I love to dance, watch action/comedy/drama movies, garden, and have a good time on Earth.

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