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@emmerdale94 I miss it so much! It was nice being the "it girl" for a while.... lol. I think I'd have a better chance finding a husband there than here... haha
1 year, 2 months ago on Are the Brits Down with the Swirl? YES.
@DUsher It makes sense! You can tell more about a person based on their nationality than their color.
hmmm... @Christelyn I work at the mall, so I may have to make a trip to Abercrombie ;) lol
1 year, 2 months ago on Hot Abercrombie Guy Tells of "Awkward" Interracial Dating Experience
@Law Wanxi Yes I did! I sent in my absentee ballot last week :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Even from London, BB&W Intern Niala Nags Us Like Aunt Ethel to Get Out and Vote Today.
@dasdbobb I'm sorry, but I'm not in Greece anymore. I stayed for a week. Unfortunately I don't know of any recipes! However i LOVE Greek food, so I would suggest looking in to it.
1 year, 5 months ago on Amongst Greece's Economic Woes, BB&W Intern, Niala, Finds Beauty in the Ancient Land
@VictoriaAntoine I'm glad you are! it is THE BEST. There are so many places to go, and so much to see! You will have a great time:)
@oekmama haha yes! ask as many as you like:) I did talk to one, and he was saying that it's getting harder, because Greece is cutting many of their entitlement programs in order to cut spending. He also said that on average the greeks are making about 500$ a month, so this is obviously not enough to rent a place. Because of this a lot of families are living together.
@introvertedwanderer @aceontopofkings @KingsDaughter We can't be responsible for what people think of us, but we can control what we put out their for people to view. I wish Black producers would do a better job of this...
1 year, 6 months ago on Reality Show Fatigue: What Ever Happened to the Cosby's?
@aceontopofkings @KingsDaughter @hes I don't think most people view hip-hop videos as the "norm" when thinking of Black culture. But there are people who definitely try to imitate what they see in videos.
@Jamila "Niala, you should just go read a book, because the more you try to add to this conversation the more you show just how much you don't know. "
I find this comment rude and uncalled for. I am merely giving my opinion based on my experiences. As a blog everyone's comments should be welcomed in a discussion even if they do not all have the same opinion. You stated in your post that Black immigrants are more privileged than Black Americans. Yes, in some cases this may be true, however that is not everyone's circumstance, as I have witnessed myself. You are defending yourself, but not even trying to understand the experiences of others. I believe that it is a mischaracterization to discredit immigrants success because of selection bias. Just as I think it is wrong to say Black Americans have not succeeded because of their work ethic. We all have struggles we need to overcome. I do not discredit your post, because it is your opinion, and you are entitled to it. Please give me the same respect.
1 year, 6 months ago on Who Mia Love Is, and Who She Is Not
@travelgal456 @Jamila EXACTLY.
@Jamila Not all immigrants come from their countries with this education. I don't know Mia's parents background, but if they did, i doubt they would be cleaning toilets. Unlike you, I do not discredit those who have achieved rags to riches. I commend them, while understanding that there are a lot of things that go into being successful, and it is not always solely hard work. At the end of the day I commend any person of color who "makes it" whether or not they are from this country.
@Mayanew I am not saying that there are not Americans with this same mentality. If that was the case the US wouldn't be half as successful as it is. Like Jamila said, there is a divide between foreign blacks and native blacks. What I am saying, is that the successful immigrants have this mentality. They want to change their circumstance. That is what they came to america to do.
@Jamila It is no secret that foreign-born blacks achieve higher incomes and levels of education than the former. However the reasons that you have stated in your article are in my opinion, incorrect. Not all Black immigrants come here being well off. That is falsely discrediting their hard work. I know for a fact that the people in my family and others were not the upper-crusts of the Haitian community. Those that are stay in Haiti, because the system is working for them. And actually, Chinese immigrants are the most educated and wealthy minority group in the US.
I really don't think this article came from a bad place. (I think) the author was trying to say that although Mia's parents (and her) worked hard to succeed, not everyone can be expected to lift themselves and get the same results.
Even though you may think the Black immigrants that are coming from their respective countries are better off than the vast majority of Black Americans, that is just not true. When they come to the US they are starting all over again. Both of my parents are Haitian immigrants. Being well of in Haiti is far from being well off here. A middle class family there cannot afford middle class luxuries when they come to the US. Lets not forget they are coming from a third world country. When my parents came from Haiti they were thrown in the same boat as the poor Black Americans. They were not living in a nice suburb, they were living in the 'hood, using the same schools as everyone else. What separates all immigrants from Americans (regardless of race) is the fact that they have a different mentality. No matter what the circumstances they are going to try to make something of themselves, because that is what they came to America to do.
He should be in the Swirling movie!;)
1 year, 6 months ago on Photo(s) of the Day/Night: Me and My Buddy Matthew Hussey, and a Deal for BB&W
@LadyT13 Same here. Both of my parents are haitian, and from a yound age I was told black americans were "different" than us. When I was younger I never thought I had anything in common with African-Americans. We were raised differently. Alot of Haitians see uneducated African-Americans as ghetto, and somewhat responsible for the situation their in. To them African-Americans don't value hard work and education as much as they do. African-Americans think Black immigrants are usually worst off than them, but the immigrants don't see it that way.A girl at my high school even told me her mom said Haiti had the earthquake as punishment from God for practicing voodoo! SMH.
1 year, 6 months ago on Video: Skinfolk Ain't Always Kinfolk--Culture Often Clash in "Swirling"
@DeepWater AMEN. They didn't act that way because they were black, but because they were young and inexperienced. Being young and inexperienced myself, I EASILY could have made the same mistake. I don't think their actions were anything close to "weave-snatchin" behavior. Let's keep this in perspective. If they really were to act ghetto, they easily could have snapped at the reporter, and started taking their earrings out...LOL.This isn't a colorism issue. Everyone knows black people dominate track. Darker hued people have never been shunned out of track and field media before. This time, Lolo was just the "shinier" object used to attract viewers.
1 year, 6 months ago on Etiquette 101: Graciousness in Competition
@DeepWater With the media i don't believe "alleged" lol. Only direct quotes with video. They like to trick us too much!