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Jeffrey Bissoy
Jeffrey Bissoy

Jeffrey is a 2016 graduate of Carleton College, where he received his B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in French and Francophone studies. Fun fact: he wrote his senior thesis on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jeffrey joins On Being after a year of researching and producing for APM Reports and MPR News with Kerri Miller.

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon and raised in The Cities, Jeffrey has developed a passion for the African diaspora and pan-Africanism, immigration and social issues, identity politics, and the impact of sports in society.

Jeffrey is the host of two podcasts — Maintainin’ & The Come-Up — the former examines and brings light to the millennial experience, and the latter stays current with the weekly drama of the NBA. He’s also a contributor for The Current, where he writes about Hip-Hop, the arts, and current events. When he’s not podcasting or writing, you can find him perfecting his Spanish and Salsa steps.

The Inner Conflict of Watching Black Panther as an African and African American

by Jeffrey Bissoy

In Black Panther, the struggle between hero and villain is not simply a fight between good and evil, but rather the difficult reconciliation between African and African American identity. Jeffrey Bissoy writes about the questions Marvel falls short of exploring.

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The Inner Conflict of Watching Black Panther as an African and African American