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May 7, 2015
The United State of African Americans

As an African American woman living in Belgium, there are times when I feel very disconnected. Often, I am the only Black person in the room—it is very rare that there is another African American in the room unless it is my son. See Am I the Only One? Other times, I’m the only American. […]

April 15, 2015
How the new “James Bond” will challenge us

I love James Bond! I always have and probably always will. I was enamored with the sexy and debonair bond since Sean Connery up to (and definitely) including Daniel Craig. (Yes, I did lose a bit of interest during the short-lived Timothy Dalton-as-Bond years but everyone has a fault.) I recently heard that another and […]

September 28, 2014
An African American woman mistaken for a Scandinavian man! How can it happen and what does it mean?

While living in London, I had a doctor’s appointment. I completed the usual intake information, giving my name as Robin Koponen. (My full name is longer and I didn’t have enough space to put the full name on the form so I just used a shortened version.) Then I waited. The doctor finally called me […]

March 31, 2014
It happened again! Was it rude or racist?

A few weeks ago, I discussed a troubling experience in a restaurant when my husband and I were approached by two white men with their faces painted black for Carnival.  I discussed how deeply offended I was by their decision to wear such a costume and think that it was both appropriate and humorous.  On […]