Updated: Jan 13
Faces of the African Diaspora is a mini-series of photos/interviews created by Tracy Pretlow. Hailing from Southern California, Tracy is a first-generation Liberian born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.
"African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that have resulted by descent from the movement in historic times of peoples from Africa, predominantly to the Americas and among other areas around the globe."
I want to showcase the many different faces of the diaspora bringing together people from all of the world, helping us realize our commonalities and bridging the gaps that geography creates.
Abu Bakar Fofana
Where are you from?: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Where is your family from?: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Where you currently live?: Bronx, New York
1. Do you or have you ever, experienced issues with cultural identity?
Of course. When I as younger I didn't want to be African because I got tired of the name callings. My dad made me realize regardless of how badly I wanted to change who I am, it's already embedded in my DNA. Now that I'm older I appreciate and love the person I am and where I'm from. It's a blessing to know my roots and it's very important to me that I pass that on to my kids as well.
2. What drives you to be great?
Passion and the fact that I don't want to die without having to achieve my dreams. I would be very disappointed on my death bed having to know that I lived all my years just in school and not living my dreams. That idea alone drives me to always do good and be righteous.
- Tracy Pretlow