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Jeffrey Bissoy
Jeffrey Bissoy

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.

Remembering Philando Castile on My Birthday

From a conference room in Montréal, I prayed silently for Philando’s family and friends. I prayed for my state, which had once again erupted in chaos, just eight months after Jamar Clark, another black man, was shot and killed in North Minneapolis. I prayed for the safety of black lives everywhere because black life is not a given, it’s a blessing.

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Remembering Philando Castile on My Birthday

How Walking and Talking Allows Men to Be Vulnerable

The path to untangling the loneliness and isolation that many men experience may be complicated, but there is one simple step men can take today: Take a walk with a friend.

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How Walking and Talking Allows Men to Be Vulnerable

How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Helped Me Embrace My Own Blackness

In featuring black characters who confounded stereotypes, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave language to a generation of black Americans looking for affirmation of their experiences.

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How The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Helped Me Embrace My Own Blackness

Blackness Is Not a Monolith

Blackness expresses itself in complicated and varied ways across the world.

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Blackness Is Not a Monolith

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

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