Where Are You REALLY From? Black Migrations and Immigration, Explained


100 thoughts on “Where Are You REALLY From? Black Migrations and Immigration, Explained

  1. I’m a child of two Jamaican immigrants. I was born in Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta) I’m a mix of cultures that create my unique experience in America.

  2. Love the show, love the message, just a quick note: there is no such thing as a "Caribbean" or "Caribbeans" it is an adjective so you can either say West Indian/s or Caribbean people.

  3. Thank you guys so much for including black people from Latin America and the Caribbean in this video. And thanks for including latinx people in the story of hip-hop. You guys are the realest!

  4. Just watched your video, "Where Are You REALLY From?" and just wanted to let you know that, that question is very frequently heard within the Hispanic/Latinx community. Weird, because some of us have been in this part of the Americas for at least 5 centuries, thru the settling of Spanish in California, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Florida, etc. and some of us are 1st generation, or 2nd. However, if you look white, that question, just never seems to come up?? WEIRD, I try to make it my mission to ask as many so called "White" Angle Saxon that question, you'd be amazed at their answers, they seem to be just as mixed and confused as us?? :{

  5. I think “where I’m from” is interesting. It’s apart of who I am. It makes me interesting. This is why I enjoy what you guys do. Some things are a refresher some are newly learned. People guess mostly Spanish speaking countries that I can be from. What I know I know everything else I can learn. That’s my attitude. Thank you guys for what you do. I appreciate you and the content.

  6. I'm not black, but I was adopted, and I only know half of my family tree. Those missing roots really bother me, so I can't possibly imagine only knowing that my ancestors were listed as nameless properties, and I have no way of knowing even just their names… Everyone deserves to know their roots, and besides the obvious, one of the often forgotten wounds of slavery is that loss of family history.

  7. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. My people come from Louisiana on my Mom’s side, and Texas on my dad’s side. Eventually I’d like to move down south and reconnect with them!

  8. I want to tell you both how proud I am of you. The videos you make are changing the way people of color see themselves. You are educating the world!! My young son is homeschooled and you both teach him every day. Bless you!

  9. I am not Black (as far as I know…), but that opening party sequence is something I've had to deal with my whole life as an American citizen and woman of colour. so thank you for that. 🙂

  10. I love this channel so much! My mom and grandma teach black history so they made sure I was educated. But this channel teaches me something new every time!

  11. Born in New York, raised in Florida, family is from Tappahannock, Virgina. Unable to trace back any farther than that.

  12. I'm from money earning Mt. Vernon N.Y. , with my paternal side of the family hailing from S. Carolina and my maternal side originating in Maryland.

  13. I'm from NC and I don't know all the details about how my family got there but I'm sure it's the same story as many other black people, chains and a ship. I would like to go somewhere I can have a peaceful life. Living in FL is not peaceful.

  14. my ancestry is from St Marcs Haiti 🇭🇹
    i was born there. when i was 5 i was brought to America and relocated in Chicago IL, specifically Evanston IL. my maternal grandparents are from Virginia. my paternal grandparents are from Haiti. so i am a Haitian American. and i plan on educating my offspring about both Haitian and American traditions we hold in our family!!

  15. I’m from DC, and most of my family is from the DMV also (though one of my grandfathers was from Alabama and my paternal great-grandma is Jamaican). To be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of the history of the recent past generations in my family (I’m trying to learn more). But I am proud and happy to be born and raised in a city with a unique culture and rich history in the Black community, including a diverse tradition in the arts, one of the most iconic HBCUs in the nation(still highly respected despite its problems), and one of the best musical genres for grooving at the cookout(if y’all haven’t listened to go-go I highly recommend). All in all, my own experience as a young black person is unique and varied, and it wouldn’t be the same without the influence of my hometown

  16. "so, are you, like, adopted?"

    "yeah, but where are you FROM?"

    "i know you're, you-know, but you're still white to me, unlike those OTHER you-knows"

    /alien sweats nervously: wishes it had disguised itself as this "white" minority of the earthling species instead of "the average" that survey scans of the planet had concluded upon.

    /also wishes Earth's Interstellar Communication Beacon had been More Clear as to the validity of its provided First Contact Protocol: "Leader of The Free World", of "The White House*", "America Continents" appears not to have been briefed on the "Take Me To Your Leader" etiquette advertised…

    *searches for "The White House" in the Native Lands of "The Americans" was not, in fact, the large, white "Taj Mahal" monument & the apparent designation of "American-Indians" as denizens of "The America" had placed scouts on the wrong continent entirely.

  17. I grew up in [redacted] on Kanien'keha:ka land that Canada also claims. My ancestors are from a bunch of places in the Islands of the North Atlantic (Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, all over England). I also presumably have Rromani ancestors but I don't have any evidence for that aside from DNA matches and those incredibly flawed maps of results. These are my most recent ancestries. I also have a bunch of Loyalist & Revolutionary war ancestors (even some who fought on both sides within their own lifetime) and a bunch of Huguenot refugees, many who assimilated with Dutch settlers to New York.

  18. I'm about 1% East African. I'd love to have had that ancestor on my family tree, but have no idea where they were from or which side of my family they were even on. I have no parents or grandparents left to test even that. I love this show. BTW. I'm learning a lot.

  19. Hey shawty, shawty with the locs! I see you, Nubian queen!"
    "Aaaaactually…"

    I absolutely love you guys. It's not my place to talk about experiences of poc, but it's been great to hear your views nonetheless- I'd really love to see you interview non-US poc, compare your experiences and examine how those have shaped your lives in similar and different ways. Keep up the amazing work guys 💚💚💚

  20. My grandmother’s 13 siblings were all from South Carolina. She moved to Ithica, NY and raised my mom in Ohio. I was born n raised in California (the tech industry) WITH NO BLACK FOLK so I’m moving to ATL just to get a taste and bc I can afford it. Howbowdah?

  21. Since you take suggestions from viewers: have you considered making an episode on black people and American Sign Language? Black ASL in itself is a pretty fascinating topic, as well as Andrew Foster, the black missionary who founded schools for the Deaf in Ghana, the first of its kind in Africa, and ultimately founded over 30 Deaf schools around Africa (which was great for their education, but also helped indoctrinate them into Christianity and had a strong detrimental effect on indigenous sign languages).

  22. I'm from Houston! Texas represent! My mom's family is from there…from slaves. My dad's people are from Louisiana. I'm living in OKC, I miss Texas because of the rich Mexican & southern culture. 😭 I want to travel around more now I'm out of school.

  23. I’m from Israel. My grandmother and her mother were displaced during WWII, having to run away from the Nazis advancing into Ukraine, and found themselves homeless when the war ended. Half of my grandfather’s extended family were killed in the Holocaust.
    I still think slavery was worse.

  24. How about asking, "What are you passionate about right now?"
    This can tell you so much MORE about people than the location in which they or their parents were born, something over which none of us has any control.

  25. I live in Canada my husband gets this all of the time “no where are you really from”, he’s born and raised here… like 5th gen on dad’s side 1st on moms,,,, you can tell the question annoys him

  26. Ugh it's like when people ask me where my husband's from…like, ok everyone on both sides of his family are first generation immigrants back a few generations and then he has the nationality of the country where he was born and yet he was raised in a third-culture country (actually two) … And yes he does speak a fucktonne of languages

  27. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Georgia. One of my parents is a first Gen to a Guyanese and Trinidadian. The other is an immigrant of Guyana.

  28. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana; I now live in New York, yet I still wear a tignon and a large brimmed hat!

  29. Client: wow you know so much about kafka. Where are you from?
    Me: North Carolina
    Client: yeah but WHERE are you from
    Me: North Carolina!!!
    Yes, I am ADOS and I am a Software Engineer. Surprise!!! Stereotypes are not real… Smh

  30. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon here. My mom's side has been here since the 1910s about (definitely way before it was legal for black people to live in Oregon, let alone Portland). And we found out that my great great grandfather came from Barbados. My dad's side came up from Oklahoma in the early 1940s I believe, but we don't know much before then.

  31. I'm from the US – born in California and raised in Colorado to a Filipino mom and a Black American dad. I moved to my mom's home town earlier this year in Cebu City, Philippines.

    Anyway, I love you guys. You're work inspires me in countless ways. ❤❤

  32. My Mama is from Central VA and my Dad is from Miami. My Dad’s side originated in Georgia. My Mama’s side originated in rural Va.

  33. I don't know why, but I wish I knew where my ancestors and I came from before the migrations, cause all i know is i'm black lol.

  34. I’m first generation American, born in the Bronx to Jamaican parents. The indigenous people of Jamaica were basically wiped out and replaced by colonizers and slaves.

  35. 15:45 "We will throw hands." LOL! Sending y'all nothing but love all the way from Pennsylvania via Chicago via Mississippi/Virginia via West Afrika!!! Haaaaaaa!

  36. I'm a Black american through & through. Family from Jackson, and Yazoo, Mississippi, Dayton Alabama, Kansas City, and St. Thomas island. I love my history. I love being a survivor of such an awesome and resilient people. I love everything about it.

  37. I liked everything about this video. Also, I'm glad you covered immigration, because there are many Haitian people seeking asylum in Tijuana, Mx. I really hope they make it here.

  38. “…sometimes I just want us all to go space.”

    You all are actually the best for so many reasons but that one made me lol so hard.

  39. My parents immigrated to the U.S. from the Caribbean. My dad's from Antigua 🇦🇬 and my mom's from Nevis 🇰🇳. According to an ancestry test, I'm 44% Nigerian

  40. Could y’all do a video talking how black peopledid make a mark in Europe and not just the slavery stories. Apparently we was doing way more before slavery the people referred to them as the “Moors” its sad I didn’t know these people existed until my senior years of high school…IN ENGLISH CLASS

  41. As a first-gen, "where are you REALLY from" always stinks of "you don't belong here." Like, "I am so used to whiteness that your existence has to be explained." which isn't always bad? it's cool to acknowledge part of my story. but yeah, it also reminds me i don't belong, at least according to them. i like this video because it gives stories without giving into the white supremacy of the default

  42. This is my favorite video, I’m Dominican American, my folks are straight from the campo and moved to New York and the rest is history, but now I’m studying abroad in the DR to understand my people, my culture, so thank you for explaining migration and how it affects identity ♥️♥️

  43. I LOVE your videos. I'm white–so, definitely not from here, but am never asked or made to be uncomfortable (part of my undeserved white privilege). You do important work and are model, strong women. Thank you for your patience with teaching those of us who don't know. #lotsmoretolearn

  44. I'm from New Orleans (east) so is my mother's family up until her great grand parents of her father's side (Irish), however! My dad's people are from Leflore County Mississippi (my last name) and are of the Choctaw Nation until my great grandfather married a black woman and as Evelyn said…"The rest is my black history."

  45. not a poc, but from Sactown, family came from all over the US (except the South, seriously, somehow we never ended up there), but had been in the East Bay of Ca since the 1870s. A lot of close extended family ended up marrying immigrants from all over the world (Brazil, France, Laos, Korea), now that family is starting to spread out again across the US, though many are still in NorCal. Me however, I left the US for Asia a few years back, and will be immigrating to Europe fairly soon (married a European that has no interest in immigrating to the US, lol, at least not anytime soon, maybe in 20 years, hahaha) so kind of a full circle and backtracking

  46. Born in Philly lives all over the East coast and South and parents are from Barbados and Jamaica. It’s been interesting answering that where are you from question.

  47. I wanted to ask, will you guys do a video on Marsha P. Johnson? I feel like even though she is part of a subsection in the black and LGBT+ community, she still super influential and deserves to be talked about.

  48. I was born in Chicago, IL. My parents met here at the City Colleges and had me and then, my sister in Houston, Texas. I have spent a month in Guatemala several years ago. Argentina would be an interesting place to visit.

  49. When you meet someone and the first question is – where are you from ? is because you want to mentally check them in a box. I only get this questions from White men.

  50. First and foremost let me say I love you ladies you are awesome secondly I am from Ethiopia I can't hear when I was like 9 years old Annabelle where I'm going only God knows..

  51. Being Dominican ( from Dominican Republic not Dominica – shout out to them) this question really does get under my skin. I don't lash out nor get smart with the person who asked it but it really puts me in the corner you know? Like i feel like i have to go into some sort of huge history lesson just to express who I really am. My African roots mixed with European blood is something that always gets brought up with Dominicans and we always tend to prefer the latter (european decendency) due to our side of the island – nvm let me just keep this short, thank you for covering this matter. I look forward to many more!

  52. My parents immigrated to US from Haiti in the early 70s.
    I was born/raised in NYC in the 80s. I moved to California in 2009. I'm planning to relocate to the south (Maryland or Virginia) in a few years.

  53. Slaves went to the middle east too not only the Americas or the carribean sigh you Americans still don't know enough

  54. Thanks #SayItLoud for this and your many other informative programs. The host are so articulate, knowledgeable and enjoyable ladies to watch. I am first generation born and raised in Chicago, IL on my father's side. They are from Tennessee by way of Alabama. My mother's side is from Mississippi. Have relatives spread out all across the states. Need to do Ancestry, 23 & Me etc. Would be interesting to see the Who? What? Where? and How, that have shaped me.

  55. Where am I from? I consider myself Black American, born and raised in NYC. My maternal grandparents family is from the USVI & BVI as well as the south (location unknown). My father and all his family are from Georgia. So I am 75% Black American and 25% West Indian. My West Indian great grandfather told me years ago before he died at 99 that he remembers being very young and his grandparents were from Ghana. When I did research on his last name years later, I realized it was a Ghanaian name! So that is one of my links to the African continent which is so fulfilling for me.

  56. In Los Angeles people think I'm Ethiopian, definitely don't mind it. But I tell them I'm a stolen African 🤷🏾‍♀️

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