Do You Know Your History? I'm Black! Don't Call Me African-American...

I'm a Black woman.  I do not like the term "African- American".  I feel like that term is a cop out.  Africa is a continent not country.  No one says Asian-America when they become citizens to American.  They say Chinese American, Korean American, etc. etc.  I know Nigerian Americans and South African Americans, and I still do not identify as an African American.  I have many friends who take heritage very seriously.  I am of a broken one.  I have no Earthly idea where my people came from.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  Many with the same skin hue as me....we know not who we are.

This bothers me...has bothered me for a very long time.  I know black people who have visited Africa.  Yeah I've got the means, but why the Hell would I want to go.  I feel no connection to a home I've never known.  Who are my people?  It's not enough that they're simply black like me.  That's just silly.  Nope...I must know.

I volunteered for my family's historian chapter.  We research and try to complete the family tree.  Of course we haven't gotten far because in the American slave trade, at one time Blacks weren't considered "human" so there were no birth certificates, just barely documented sales receipts.

My desire to know more brought me to Ancestry[dot]com, and I took the DNA test.  I can now say my family came from specific areas in, not just Africa, but the World.

My results said I'm 89% African, 11% European:
Africa 89% -
Cameroon/Congo  38%
Benin/Togo  26%
Mali  8%
Africa Southeastern Bantu  7%
Nigeria 5%
Senega  2%
Ivory Coast/Ghana  2%
Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers  1%

Europe  11% -
Ireland  4%
Iberian Peninsula 3%
Italy/Greece 2%
Scandinavia < 1%
Finland/Northwest Russia < 1%

Nope, I'm still not African-American. I'm not simply Black, although I'll still call myself that.  More specifically I'm a mutt. I am not 100% anything.  I'm a product of this melting pot that is America.

Yet,  today I'm happy I know more about the recipe that created "me".  

Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

(Elementals - Book #5)
by Brigid Kemmerer
Kindle Edition, 432 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart? 

Michael has taken care of his brothers since his parents died, since he was 18. He has been their legal guardian and he has kept them as safe as possible. Which is hard when everyone is after you.

Someone is setting fires and trying to kill the brothers. Michael has to figure out who it is and stop them. Hannah wants to know what is going on. What are these secrets Michael keeps from her.

Michael deserves happiness but he cannot afford it. It could cost them lives, namely Hannah’s.

In this installment of the Elementals, Michael has a lot to handle…. A fire destroying the neighborhood, Hannah’s dad and fire marshal thinking he is the one starting the fires, Hannah and his relationship on the rocks, his brothers safety and wellbeing, his business to keep afloat, his enemy now an allay. …… Too say Michael is a little stressed is putting it mildly.

Michael must find a place to live, convince Hannah to stay with him, convince the fire marshal of his innocence, keep his brothers and Hunter safe and find out what Guide (if it is a Guide) is trying to kill them and stop him. Sounds easy right.

This story has a lot of action. And the events that rock Michael’s foundation are sad and depressing. The bad just keeps piling on him. But at the very end you are left with a bit of hope for the future of the brothers.

I am hoping that this is not the last book in the series. It did not end with a cliffhanger but it left room for more story to come.

Rating: 3 ½ stars

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Review: Unrequinted by Jen Frederick


(Woodlands - Book #4)

by Jen Frederick

Kindle Edition, 235 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right. 
Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has. 
Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.

Review: Unraveled by Jen Frederick

(Woodlands - Book #3)
by Jen Frederick
Kindle Edition, 272 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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From the USA Today best selling Author of Unspoken comes a sexy new love story. 
Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines. 
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

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Review: Unspoken by Jen Frederick

(Woodlands - Book #2)
by Jen Frederick
Kindle Edition, 278 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary. 
I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me? 
He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me. 
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered. 
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her. 
She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.

Review: Undressed by jen Frederck

(Woodlands - Book #1.5)
by Jen Frederick
Kindle Edition, 95 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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Noah and Grace's happy ever after hits a stumbling block in the form of one shady professor threatening Noah's scholarship eligibility. Noah is given the choice of throwing his New Year's MMA fight for a big payoff or accepting that the true meaning of love isn't measured by the thickness of his wallet but the depth of Grace's big heart.
Grace and Noah's story begged for a peak inside their Happy Ever After. Originally published in the anthology Snow Kissed, this holiday novella speaks to the great gifts one person can give to another -- unconditional love.

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