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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.


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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.