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Notes from Black Europe
Book by: Johny Pitts
Publishing Year: 2019
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Published in 2019, Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, talks about Pitt’s experiences growing up in Europe as a British born Black kid. This book captures the heart of Afro-European community with their experiences in different countries and cities through photographs and stories. In this stereotypical world where “European” has become the synonym for “white,” many African-Europeans feel strange in their own home country.

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Lesson 1. Introduction.

Johny Pitts is a television presenter, photographer, and author. His father is an American born singer of the '70s soul band The Fantastics and his mother is of Irish descent. He grew up in the town of Sheffield in South Yorkshire as a mixed-culture kid. During his childhood, growing up in two different cultures was a hard time for him because he never really knew where he belonged to. When he became an adult, he became interested in the life experiences of black people in Europe. In his five-month journey, in October of 2010 or 2011, he believed that it is necessary to discover the more well-known Africans living in major European cities every day, understand their personal experiences, and identify them as the common sharing of African diaspora living outside of ancestral lands.

According to Pitts, the term "African" was created by Belgian-Congolese artist Marie Daulne and American musician David Byrne in the 1990s.

He was born in Firth Park, a working-class district in Sheffield. There he observed a considerable lot of the multicultural dramatizations and comedies that happened in the city beneath – from Yemeni weddings and reggae gatherings to posse shootings and drug bargains. When Johny was an adolescent, Globalization and free trade, by the mid-1990s had disintegrated a significant number of the neighborhood businesses that the common laborers and migrant communities depended on. The multicultural and social life in Firth Park had started to disintegrate. Under this expanding financial tension, a quality of misery and poverty started to crawl into life at Firth Park. A considerable lot of the companions Johny grew up with wound up caught in weakening destitution and went to liquor, drugs, and crime.

He progressively felt that he had neither belonged to the Black and Brown people group he'd experienced childhood in, nor in the largerwhite nation that dismissed them. He started his own journey of self-discovery to understand what it meant to be Black and European at the same time.

Lesson 2. Paris.

Paris is the city most dominated by black population, second to London in Europe. Quarters like Barbès-Rochechouart and Château Rouge are home to a different African people group, bragging about rich embroidery Moroccan shops, Senegalese eateries, and Pan-African craftsmanship displays. 

The acclaimed French author of Three Musketeers was an Afropean. His grandmother was a subjugated lady from the previous French province of Haiti, purchased by a French aristocrat in the late eighteenth century. 

Jazz music is a Black American culture introduced to French people by the African American unit named the Harlem Hellfighters. These

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Johny Pitts, an author and photographer, explores identity and belonging through his works. Pitts’ storytelling intertwines history, culture, and personal narratives, offering profound insights into the complexities of race and identity in Europe.

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  • Lesson 1. Introduction.
  • Lesson 2. Paris.
  • Lesson 3. Brussels.
  • Lesson 4. Berlin.
  • Lesson 5. Stockholm.
  • Lesson 6. Moscow.
  • Lesson 7. Marseille.
  • Lesson 8. Lisbon.
  • Lesson 9. Conclusion.
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In the summary of Afropean book, there are 9 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Introduction.
  2. Lesson 2. Paris.
  3. Lesson 3. Brussels.
  4. Lesson 4. Berlin.
  5. Lesson 5. Stockholm.
  6. Lesson 6. Moscow.
  7. Lesson 7. Marseille.
  8. Lesson 8. Lisbon.
  9. Lesson 9. Conclusion.

Afropean by Johny Pitts was published in 2019.

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