Diallo's Story: Helping others connect to self, to Africa and ...

This is a story of a continual journey–one of self-discovery, dual-country living and helping others connect to self and to home in Africa.If you’ve been around the African Ancestry family for a while, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of Diallo Sumbry. He’s the Head of Travel and Partnerships and leads the African Ancestry Family Reunions. He also served as the co-architect of the Year of Return – the year-long 400-year commemoration of the first documented enslaved Africans’ arrival in the US through Ghana, which was used as a human cargo port. The Year of Return is a collective trip where Black people travel back to Africa.  In short, he’s kind of a big deal. And he does...

Black Family-owned Bookstore Continues to Soar Amid the Pandemic

 Hey Family!  We’re so glad to see you back here today and catching up on the dope African Ancestry LIVE on Wednesday.  This week, we were blessed with not one but two guests, the owners of Mahagony Books: Ramunda and Derrick. A Black-owned, family business they celebrate and sell books for Us, by Us. The couple just celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary and 14 years in business.  They say: “If you want to hide something from Black people, put it in a book.” So, we need to sell them out. For the next month, let’s support Mahogony Books. Instead of giving your money to Amazon Prime or other bookstores, let’s...

Juneteenth 2021: America Gets the Emancipation Memo 156 Years Later

This weekend, African Ancestry will be among millions of Black people and businesses who are celebrating the national holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the day of emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States.  What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day – is a powerful day of reflection and celebration honoring those who came before us and endured slavery and the generations and generations that persevered. We were officially “allowed” freedom from enslavement and were transitioned from a perception of property to personhood. The truth is, we have always been full, whole, wonderful people.   We’re tuning in and enjoying the day and the strong meaning behind it: liberation, freedom, reflection, community and identity.  The Verdict...