Afri,  African Diaspora,  African Nationality,  African-Americans,  Black-Americans,  Identity

Why The Change From Afro 2 Afri

As I was checking Stories on Instagram. I ran into this post being shared by @chossanation called Children of Stolen & Sold Africans. I follow their content on IG because we have a similar message in how we identify ourselves. @chossanation shared a post by an Instagrammer called @queenyonasda stating in an only text story post. How she doesn’t like the word “Afro” in front of any race or nationality of people. Here is the post shared by @chossanation on her IG.

After I read this post, I felt inclined to dig in deeper. I read @queenyonasda originally IG post. After I read this post, I felt ready to dig in deeper.

This post indeed got me thinking about the context of the prefix. The prefix was generated in America Latinas,,, and the Caribbean to the People of African descent. The prefix most likely described the context of our hair and phonetically fits with the Spanish language when representing nationalities. Eventually, the prefix made its way to the US by W.E.B. De Bois and Malcolm X from their travels to the Caribbean. However, African Americans in the 1970s were embracing their natural afro as a political, societal shift in how we embrace our beauty and lifestyle.

The wave of AfroBeats music from Africa transformed how we label the people, music genre, user names, festivals, and events using the prefix “Afro.” It’s for sure the word ‘afro’ is describing our hair texture. Which is part of our human body. Our hair is a symbolic expression of creativity to design our African hairstyles in many unique ways.

The word “Afro” is a contextual and socio-political historical understanding of volumized hair texture. Even in parts of Africa, understand the term ‘afro’ to mean animal fur. People of African descent across the Diaspora have been using the prefix “Afro” to represent their African mixed national identities, culture, music, craft, food, and other lifestyles.

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The prefix “Afro” is hyper-focused on volumized hair. I, too, have utilized the prefix “Afro” in my social media usernames and my blog site, Black 2 Afro (but now, Black 2 Afri). Reading @queenyonasada’s post made me think we should evolve the word to what is already there. From Afro 2 Afri comes from Afri(can), using the first four letters already in the word to be the new prefix.

We are a unique race of people on many different lands on Earth. The Babylon nations have brainwashed our people through law and media to believe you are a black person, a person of color, or negro. These are imperialist identity terms onto another race group to depict their perception of color identity to People of African descent.

The Majority of People of African descent identify as Black because of lost cultural connection to Africa, lost lineage tracing, living American life, and American social history. Let’s not forget those Black folks who don’t care to try to relearn their African tribe and culture. People of African descent should unite under a non-color label derived from imperialist nations.

Tracing your DNA is the roadmap to deprogramming social-imperialist identity terms onto the African people and the English/Europeans too, who we like to call “white supreme cist” even though DNA tracing would link them to the UK and Europe. Honestly should be called “European supremacy.”

As you will see, the name change in my social media accounts, website, and eventually, my email address has evolved to the prefix “Afri.” Black is beautiful, but the prefix “Afri” is reconnective to your origin of the land, tribe, and geographic connection.

Until next time,

Afriespiritu

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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