Aditya Chakrabortty :- I’m Bengali and I’m black


As I was reviewing links clicked on our blog, saw that someone clicked on one that leads to Aditya Chakrabortty.

His posting is titled “I’m Bengali and I’m black – in the same way that my parents were”.

BTW, the actual post that references Aditya Chakrabortty is one by Safy-Hallan Farah.  Ms. Farah’s post is here.

Ms. Farah’s post, published on Feminist Wire, is dated 2013-April-3rd.


I am Bengali and I ‘m black


Before I was Asian, I was black. No, I haven’t since undergone some Jacko-style operation, or doused myself in Fair & Lovely. Rather, black was one of the terms my family and I used to describe ourselves.

I grew up in 80s London, which still echoed with the Anti-Nazi League’s chant of “We are black, we are white, together we are dynamite”. At her primary school, my sari-wearing mother was a member of the local NUT black teachers’ caucus. As late as university in the mid-90s, I was handed a black prospectus, featuring action shots of a Punjabi pointing at a noticeboard (sadly, this was to prove an all-too-accurate guide to student entz).


Discussing that period, those terms and the politics with which they were freighted, feels like remembering the era before email: so recent, so different. True, my mother’s old union branch still runs its black teachers section for “all teachers who face racism”. But the notion that someone of my background growing up today would refer to themselves as black is, frankly, fantastical.

Now you are black, or you are Asian – a categorical wall has been put up. And on either side of that wall other divisions are hurriedly being erected: you are a Gujarati Hindu from Leicester; he is a Bangladeshi Muslim from Whitechapel; they are Nigerian Christians from Lewisham. And so endlessly on, until you end up with what a sprawl of what A Sivanadan terms “cultural enclaves and feuding nationalisms”.

Isn’t this just the inevitable flowering of minor differences in an ever more diverse society? Quite the opposite. “Black” and “Asian” identities are just as badly bolted together as anything else. Take that cosy, cliched history of black Britain that begins with the Pathe newsreel of Empire Windrush docking at Tilbury. On which decks would have been the arrivals from Nairobi or Accra? Similarly Britain’s black history month, which ends today, takes its lead from the US – where the celebration began in 1926. But despite being an “Asian”, I might have as much in common with a black Trinidadian Hindu whose ancestors came from Uttar Pradesh as with a “fellow-Asian” whose parents hail from Multan, via Luton.

When someone like my late father responded to the term “black”, it was not because he’d forgotten his Tagore, or the films of Satyajit Ray. He carried that history with greater care and affection than those who today boast of their Bengali-ness. But “black” wasn’t about pigment or some flatpack identity. It was primarily a political term, borne of a recognition among those who’d recently arrived in Britain that they faced obstacles in common and would try and beat them together. One wore “black” not instead of “Jamaican” or “Sikh” but alongside all those other labels of cultural and historical identity, as an anti-racist affiliation.

Our parents were black because when they tried to get digs, they’d all see those signs saying “No black, no Irish, no dogs”. They were black because they’d all struggle to get the jobs, the pay and the promotions they deserved. And they were black because they all faced racial abuse and violence.

Of course, one could be black and Indian; one inevitably was black and leftwing. In his new book Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider, Satnam Virdee charts how groups such as the Indian Workers Association, or Jayaben Desai and the heroic women strikers at the Grunwick film processing plant, were constantly building alliances with others on the left, whether in the trade unions or the Socialist Workers party.

Contrast that with what we have now: a host of ethnic identities all competing with one another for recognition and government funding for their own pet projects – not on the grounds of what they do but on who they claim to represent. This has been encouraged by Whitehall – which doled out money to the Muslim Council of Britain in the name of preventing terrorism. And it has certainly been fuelled by local councils. In his book The End of Tolerance, Arun Kundnani notes how throughout the 80s, Bradford city council encouraged and funded local mosques to group together and “provide an alternative voice” for Muslims in the area. The hope was “they would become allies in a process of absorbing opposition, at the expense of the younger militants”. It goes without saying that the “militants” were aggressively secular.

This move has bestowed power and money on certain figures within these ethnic communities – but it has also enabled successive governments to pretend that racism is no longer the problem. Instead, if you can’t get on in today’s Britain today, it’s because of some cultural factors that you and your community really need to sort out, pronto. This is the same sleight of hand that you see in discussions of sex and class, too: covering up the systemic issues and pretending that the problems can be solved by the individual. Lovely women: lean in! Oi, proles: get off Benefits Street! And you Bangladeshis: shave off those beards! Don’t worry about whether the game is rigged, or the rules are wrong: just play up.

Where this ends up is with David Cameron, that community leader for Old Etonians, speechifying in Munich about “state multiculturalism”. “When a white person holds racist views, we rightly condemn them,” said the prime minister who put on London streets vans reading “Go Home”. “But when equally unacceptable views or practices come from some who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious, frankly, even fearful, to stand up to them.”

Except that racism hasn’t gone away. It may have got more nuanced, as you’d expect over time. But in work, it still pays to be a white man. On the streets, the police in England and Wales record over 100 racist “incidents” every day, and the Institute of Race Relations has tallied up 106 racial murders between 1993 and 2013. Meanwhile, to be black or Asian is to be far more likely to be stopped and searched – up to 29 times more likely in the West Midlands.

The obstacles remain, racism is still with us. Even after decades of fixating on our differences, ethnic minorities in this country are bound together by many of the same injustices and frustrations. My identity comes in many parts: Bengali, Londoner and the rest. But I am also black, in the same way my parents were. And if you feel the pinch of the same constraints, you’re black too.


Other Works


  1. YouTube
    • Aditya Chakrabortty on the ‘bubble mentality’ in financial journalism
      Aditya Chakrabortty from the Guardian talks to Transforming Management at Manchester Business School about the silo mentality that occurs in financial journalism.
      Channel :- Alliance Manchester Business School
      Published On :- 2011-August-4th



In a world constantly forcing binary choices on each of us, it is refreshing to have an author offer more than 1, albeit 2 in this case.

Holiday Gift Cards

Angel Tree

Each year at the Fellowship in which I worship we buy gifts for children of “Shut in Parents”.

This particular social fabric is called Angel Tree.



For Year 2017, we have a lot more Angels requesting gift certificates.

After looking for actual gifts on the tree, many congregants smugly walked away empty handed.

I was able to make facial contact with some of them as they haplessly complained of not having actual gifts to choose from.


Yours Truly

I have yet to bring myself to confide to our congregants.

But, yours truly is the source of their consternation.

I was too quick to bail out many grandparents as they were lost as to which gifts their grandchildren will prefer over the other.

I asked one of my fellow co-coordinators, GP, as to how he was able to place so many actual gift requests on the tree.

He said he pushed the guardian to come up with an actual gift and did not allow them the escapism of a gift card.


Why Actual Gifts

The congregants offered resounding reasons for the ire.

As in most faith communities, our congregants are mostly women; and even more so when it comes to actual involvement in outreach programs.

While men are quick to take the easy, straightforward road to satisfaction, women often take the long, winded more intimate scenic back roads.

Women want to know the Children names, their gender, ages, and actual desires.

They match their pick of children to their children’s gender and age.

They involve their children in thinking & choosing the gifts, packaging and delivering it.


Each Sunday

Each of these last two Sundays I have weighed my euphoria from quickly jotting down Gift Certificates for the entire family line against the emptiness felt by each congregant as they leafed through each gift request.

I feigned for collaborative thoughts.


Last Sunday

Last Sunday, Ms. Ruby, the Church’s founding Pastor’s wife, came up to me and said that she has done this for 20 years and that I am not going to deny her this year.

She said to make sure “to get it right, as it is not the same if she misses out on what she is supposed to participate in“.


More Angels

Aside from my blunder, all our allotted Angels have been picked.

And, finally this evening I took the time to email Vivian and asked if she has more Angels.

She said Yes.

A batch in our state and a bigger batch the State North of us.

She explained that because of the distance, it will likely have to be Gift Certificates or Amazon Prime.


God’s Moment

I asked her to please call me, and she obliged.

She explained to me that these days, gifts cards are OK especially for teenagers.

That is, as long, as some requirements are met.

As she explained everything I knew it was a God Moment.

having my feet washed out and having twinkles placed in.



Here is a lady I am speaking to for the very first time in my life.

And, she is sharing with me the precaution we should take to measure the veracity of the relationship between the shut in and the ones we are trying to serve in his absenteeism.

Understanding that our Church’s resource is limited and has to be carefully disbursed, we have to be constrained in our financial obligations; yet unrestrained once we establish the actuality of the relationship.

Furthermore, she highlighted the difference between Churches.  There are some that just want to get into the homes and are more loose in their qualification process.


Little Spaces

It is like him to show up in the little spaces of our lives.

A father and a Husband.

Broad shouldered to carry the fainting and keep those inside in.

Yet secure enough to disappear as the wanderer makes his way in.



  1. Prayer for the disciples
    So that they may be one as We are one.
    During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.
    I guarded them so that not one was lost
    ( John 17:11-12 )
  2. Out of my/his hand
    No one can snatch them out of My hand.
    My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all.
    No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.…
    ( John 10:28-29 )
  3. The Sheep and the Goats
    …For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat,
    I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink,
    I was a stranger and you did not take Me in,
    I was naked and you did not clothe Me,
    I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.
    And they too will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?…
    ( John 25:42-44 )
  4. Unto Me
    Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
    Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
    ( John 25:45 )


Primary Responsibility

Though, I swore to keep my public discord separate from my private affairs.

I have to dedicate this to Sade, my sweetest Taboo.

What a shame that I have to steal from Def; but “Truly, without her, nothing works“.

Each of us has things we want to do, but when our primary responsibility is unprovided for, we are monrose and unhinged.

And, so this is for and to her, and all she does to make sure we are together in Spirit and in Truth.

When things are not right, we quickly come together to structure it before him, he who is able



Many of the children are been shepherded by their Aging grandmother.

It is embarrassingly agonizing that God continue to have no one else, but grandparents to care for these young ones.

  1. Angelina Grimké  (1805-1879)
    • I know you do not make the laws, but I also know that you are the wives and mothers, the sisters and daughters, of those who do
  2. Mary McLeod Bethune
    • For I am my mother’s daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth
  3. Cindy Sheehan
    • “I am going to take whatever I have left and go home,” she wrote. “I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost.
  4. Bob Dylan
    • My daddy [once said], ‘Son, it is possible to become so defiled in this world that your mother and father will abandon you. And, if that happens, God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways
  5. Barack Obama
    • He was raised literally and metaphorically offshore, in Indonesia by his white mother and in Hawaii by his white grandparents. He is very much an American but tends to view the incongruities of politics with the distancing eye of an outsider
  6. Danish Proverb
    • A rich child often sits in a poor mother’s lap
  7. Jim McGreevey
    • One of the most contentious issues in the divorce is what the child should be exposed to. Her mother made McGreevey and his partner take down a nude photograph in their home, contends that Jacqueline should not be allowed to sleep in her father’s bed, and says that the girl should not be allowed to receive communion in the Episcopal Church because she is being raised a Roman Catholic. At the hearing, the judge said the girl would not be permitted to sleep in the same bed with anyone except her mother or father.
  8. Denzel Washington
    • My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back
  9. Hagar & Ishmael
    • And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. ( Genesis 21:20-21 )
  10. Saint Augustine – Ancient Roman Christian Theologian and Bishop of Hippo from 396 to 430)
    • He cannot have God for his Father who will not have the Church for his mother.
  11. George Michael
    • I was pretty depressed about my mother’s death. I was as down as I’ve ever been. It was even worse than when my lover died. I found it hard to cope.
  12. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    • Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile
  13. Robin Morgan
    • We are each precious, unique, necessary. We are strengthened and blessed and relieved at not having to be all the same. We are the daughters of longing. We are the mothers in labor
  14. King David
    • And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I know what God will do for me.” And he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. (1st Samuel 22:3-4 )
  15. Abraham Lincoln
    • “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” I will prepare and someday my chance will come. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Whatever you are, be a good one. I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. I walk slowly, but I never walk backward
  16. Haniel Long
    • For support, I fall back on my heart. Has a man any fault a woman cannot weave with and try to change into something better, if the god her man prays to is a mother holding a baby?


Listening to the song I first heard today when I went by CVS for snacks ….

Train – Marry Me

Something about …

Forget the world now we won’t let them see
But there’s one thing left to do

If I ever get the nerve to say
Hello in this cafe

You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you

Now that the wait is over
And love and has finally shown her my way


Danny Boy from Death Row


Danny Boy shows emotions and shares vulnerability, God’s Grace, familiar spirit in these set of videos.



  1. Danny Boy on VLAD.COM
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • Danny Boy Sheds Tears Over Coming Out & Not Wanting His Sons to Be Gay
          Channel :- djvlad
          Published On :- 2016-May-14th
        • Danny Boy: I Semi-Feel Sorry for Suge Knight, That Jail Cell Must Feel Small
          Channel :- djvlad
          Published On :- 2016-May-10th
        • Danny Boy: Michel’le Was a Hoe, Devil & Drunk During Death Row Days
        • Danny Boy Calls Suge a “Crook” & Not Getting Paid For 2Pac Songs
          Danny Boy has made it clear to VladTV that he’s had problems with some members of the Death Row family, one in particular, Michel’le. In this interview with DJ Vlad, Danny Boy digs into his financial problems, why he thinks Suge Knight “is a big crook,” and his fall out with Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.
          Channel :- djvlad
          Published On :- 2016-May-10th



Danny Boy Sheds Tears Over Coming Out & Not Wanting His Sons to Be Gay

  1. Homelessness
    • Sleeping in a car
    • Washed up at LA fitness
  2. Coming out
    • Announcing something that happened in my life
  3. Why I came out
    • People started seeing me as a monster
    • Sharing is harder as a father
      • Easier for mothers, but when Dad shares it is harder
  4. Church
    • Leading praise and worship at Church
    • The messages sent to me by Church people probably killed me more than anything
  5. Boyfriend
    • Familiar Spirit
    • His father killed self
    • Smoking at work
      • Off work, smoking blunt
      • Dropped table on someone’s feet
    • Prayed with him
      • To him “You have the right person now
      • And, so begun to pray with him
    • Vowing
      • Love against suicide
      • Vowed that if I can help somebody
      • People are hurting
      • His dying birth something in me
  6. Baby Mama
    • Baby Mama #1
      • Keep daughter in good Spirit
      • And, let her know this is what we are going through for now
    • Baby Mama #1
      • Bibled Out
        • Well thus says the Lord
      • Brought Shame
        • Brought shame on her in her family, in our Church, and amongst our friends
      • Son does not know
  7. Children
    • I don’t like school
    • make sure that things are in place so that we can be successful
    • Experience Life
      • I don’t want anything that will deny them from the love of a woman
      • It did not work for me, but I pray it works for them
      • Have kids
      • Who don’t want grandkids
    • Hard Lifestyle
      • It is not easy at all
      • Broke down in tears crying
      • True Man of God
        • Always tried to live my life to let than shine
        • That is how I was taught
        • I do not want anything that will interfere with my music
          • I don’t want do anything that will take me away from my kinships
            • From my friendships
            • In fact any …ships
            • Because kinships are made to take you places
      • I have been pushed away from music for so long
      • I don’t want anything that will take me away from my music
      • Because it is looked at
        •  I am here crying like Michelle
      • It is my music
        • I take it to heart
        • And, I want it so much
      • People say
        • People say you had a chance
        • But, you should have kept that to yourself
        • keep it in the closet
        • hard being you
        • Honest people rather have you lie, take a lie from you
      • All that comes with it
        • It is not accepted
        • What comes with being gay especially in the black community
        • Get a lot of inboxes and threats
        • Does not define who I am
          • I am still a man
          • I grew up in Church
          • I am well rounded
          • I have common sense
          • I treat people well
          • I know people from all walks of life
            • Police
            • Politicians
            • Killers
        • I was not scared then, and I am not scared now
        • I fear for my kids
        • They could not say anything about me about it
        • I can cook, sing, and defend myself
          • Those are three things I know I can do
        • Sex is what
          • Sex is 10, 20, 30 minutes
          • I have 20 hours outside of each day
        • What defines me
          • My Music
          • My Spirit
    • Insecurities
      • On Instagram
        • Posted
          • What If the woman of my dream is out there, and I am here messing around with this gay …
        • Basis
          • I was going through a rough patch
          • And, I wanted the person I am with to be jealous
        • Perception
          • In the gay lifestyle, when people know you have been with a woman, they have insecurities that you could go back and start being with women


Danny Boy: I Semi-Feel Sorry for Suge Knight, That Jail Cell Must Feel Small

  1. About Suge been in jail
    • Sorry
      • Sorry for the family
      • Sorry for the parents and his sisters
      • Sorry for the kids
    • Small Room
      • The room must feel smaller
      • The room is got to feel like it is a small room to see everyone else going on with their lives
    • God’s Providence
      • I have always felt that God will place me in a position to help him
      • Now he is in jail, now he is in a position where he needs the help
    • Helped
      • Helped so many people
    • Experience
      • He has to experience
      • Pray that his health is well
    • Thomas Tusser
      • A fool and his money will soon part
    • The bible says
      • You reap what you sow ( Galatians 6:7 )
  2. Suge and Dr. Dre
    • He felt he had the ball in his hands
    • He thought he was winning
  3. Dre
    • He seen faster what it took everyone to seen
    • He left with nothing
    • Incredible Faith
    • Suge punked him
    • It saved his life
    • He was about his music
    • I was riding behind Suge
    • Be a good steward
    • Dre got it
    • Let them have it
    • He left his bitch and his money
  4. Suge Knight killing someone
    • What the hell are you doing
    • Have you lost your damn mind
    • When he got knocked out
    • God is with you
    • I got it DB, I know
    • I had to reach into his Spirit
    • You burnt bridges

Satya Nadella & “The Sufficiency of Grace”

Giving up his Green Card

Satya came to the US in 1988 to go to graduate school.

In Dec 1992, he married his wife, Anu.

The line for petitioners with green card is not as quick as that for Citizens.

With that in mind he would not apply under an H1 Visa, but under a less favorable status.

Anu’s Visa Application was denied.

We all know that Microsoft has some of the best lawyers and they came up with an ingenious, yet risky plan.

The plan was to have Nadella turn in his green card and apply for an H1 Visa.  The reason being those granted H1 visas are able to have their spouse come to the US with them.

The H1 visa petition was approved.

Cerebral Palsy

At Age, 29, Satya and his wife were blessed with their first son, Zain.

As both he and his wife are the only child of their respective parents, there was an expectation that the child will expand their embryonic nuclear family and bring their extended families even closer.

But, hopes appear to have been dashed when the child was born with Cerebral Palsy.

The burden of coping with a disability in a small family with most of the extended family continents away was compounded.

Difficulties have two probably outcomes, bitterness or empathy.

Empathy make you a better innovator,” said Nadella. “If I look at the most successful products we [at Microsoft] have created, it comes with that ability to meet the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers.”

As Nadella sees it, the Monopolistic lawsuit forced Microsoft to have to confront the Identity question.

To him part of the answer is “We build technology so that others can build technology”.

A more technical question is “What is quantum computing, and does MSFT participate in it…”.

One fascinating way to think about quantum is that if you had a corn maze and you were trying to trace your path. a classical computer would trace, retrace again and again and on and on. Quantum is the ultimate parallel machine. It would trace all of the paths simultaneously.”


John 9:2-3

So His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned—this man or his parents—that he was born blind?”
“Neither he nor his parents sinned,” answered Jesus, “but he was born blind in order that God’s mercy might be openly shown in him.


  1. Business Insider
    • Matt Weinberger
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella once gave up his green card for love
  2. Fortune
    • Michal Lev-Ram
      • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Empathy Makes You a Better Innovator

McClure Twins Family – Alexis & Ava

    Ava and Alexis react to Mama McClure telling them she’s having a baby. The girls learn they will be big sisters?
    Do they want a brother or sister?!
    Also, Mama McClure shows them a picture of the baby – their reaction is great:)
    Published On :- 2017-May-17th
    The girls come up with names for the baby- very unique ideas on what to call their baby brother:) they also chat about how they are going to raise/teach him things…
    Published On :- 2017-June-4th
    Published On :- 2017-May-28th
    The girls cook for the baby! Sponsored by HelloFresh.
    Twins and Mom making traditional African snack!
    Published On :- 2017-August-13th
    Published On :- 2017-Sept-6th
  7. Twin girls realize they look exactly the same
    Channel :- Rumble Viral
  8. Kicked out of our new home
    Channel :- McClure Twins Family
    Published On :- 2017-Nov-5th

Moral Courage



  1. Omeleto
    • Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-22nd
      • Location :- Sing Sing Correctional Facility
      • Participants
        • GodFather III
          • Tremain
        • Lawrence Bartley
        • Devon Rodgers
        • Tyrone Abraham
    • A homeless 7-year-old who lives on the beach shows us exactly what courage looks like.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-28th
    • A lonely woman shares a cab with a complete stranger… and it changes her life forever.
      • Publisher :- Channel
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-25th
    • A Czech doctor is stopped at the airport returning to America. Then, they take her to the back room.
      • Director :- Serena Dykman
      • Staring
        • Jandre Dee
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-July-10th
    • A single guy tried to find a date the ‘old-fashioned’ way… and gets the surprise of his life.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
      • Published On :- 2017-Feb-12th
    • This boy killed himself because of this text. When I saw what it read, I was shattered.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-17th
    • A woman goes to a coffee shop to tell him that he got her pregnant. Then, she questions everything.
      • Channel :- Omeleto
        Published On :- 2017-Oct-17th
  2. Khalil A. Cumberbatch
    • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
      • My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
        Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th




Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.





Prison inmates were put in a room with nothing but a camera. I didn’t expect them to be so real.

Tyrone Abraham

  1. You could be the bad thing that happens to somebody.
  2. Think about that
  3. There could be a family, there is a child, a father, a mother and they come here
  4. To build a better life and they say to themseleves
  5. If I am careful … I could build a better life
  6. If I am careful … I could reach this good thing
  7. As long as nothing bad bad happens
  8. And, then I happen to them
  9. Do you want to be the bad?

This boy killed himself because of this text. When I saw what it read, I was shattered.

  1. I will take him anyway that I can have him