Black People : African DNA testing a fraud?? Ericka Badu (Bamileke)

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  1. Shems Nbedjer

    Shems Nbedjer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I won't say its a fraud but, 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great-great grandparents, 32 great-great-grandparents.

    How does a test then reduce all this to ONE "tribe"?
     
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    Peace Uncle,

    How you been?

    Thanks for bringing up this question even though I am sure that they went through Ms. Badu's direct mtDNA line to reach this conclusion. I would say that I would personally cross verify with a roots reading for a probable traditional African perspective.
     
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    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Peace, bro. Blackbird.

    I'm good.

    You actually confirm my point. Mtdna only traces the maternal ancestry. That's only one side of one's lineage.

    As far as the Bamileke are concerned there is no single group and one supposedly traces back to Ancient Egypt.
     
  5. Shems Nbedjer

    Shems Nbedjer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Bro Blackbird and Dr. Omowale Jabali thanks for chiming in.

    I have been working on my roots tree for years. I traced both sides back to Virginia...and now I'm at a dead end because I havent had time to explore things in Virginia. My mother's father side comes from Shreveport, Louisiana. I found like 3-4 generations of the family in different Caddo censuses but to this day we are disconnected from this side of the family currently living in Shreveport.

    So my other choices are to:
    Submit a African DNA from the oldest living women in my family
    Get a roots reading from a legitimate ATR elder
    Select a country in Africa and designate it as my home country

    By the way I'm not totally consumed with this journey but my internal destiny burns with this quest.
     
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    Shems Nbedjer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I totally agree it would be cool if someone with resources could set up legitimate dna testing. I'm kinda of leery of DNA testing because maybe they are using it decode the black race for possible diabolical reasons.

    I think professor skip gates was promoting DNA testing but I don't think many people trust him.
     
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    I am currently working with a few people back at home in Shreveport on a couple of major projects. One of the things we will be addressing in one of the projects is genealogy. We are still in the planning phases, laying the ground work and logistics, but you can expect the flight phase to occur in late 2015.

    I think you told me once but what is the name of your family from the Shreveport area? Do you know what neighborhood or part of town they are from?

    Shreveport has about 17 Black neighborhoods and about 8 of them are historical Black neighborhoods. Some families are usually associated with a particular area of town. So if someone knows the neighborhood where a family lives, you can sometimes find the family because someone may know that family or at least members of the family. I am from Queensborough - which is one of the central neighborhoods west of downtown and north of I-20.

    Do you know if they live in or are from Queensborough, Mooretown, Allendale, Lakeside, Cedar Grove, Stoner Hill, the Bottom, the Cooper Road, Hollywood, Caddo Heights, Morningside or some where else?
     
  8. Clyde C Coger Jr

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    This is some pretty weak stuff, Shems; you have white folk running Okayafrica, and competition going on between Dr. Jackson and African Ancestry ... There is no real debate, difference of opinion maybe, but no debate of substance ... Jackson claims to have a new African "marker."

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    Clyde, point taken thanks for your input. I'm raising the b.s. flag on all these groups that I was why I posed the question in the title of the thread. I'm just trying to find my way home and/or establish a connection with my roots. Many of us are lost until establish some type of foundation with our ancestors. Can we just focus on the journey.

    Nbedjer
     
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    yvw ... Shems Nbedjer,

    DNA testing is here to stay, its going nowhere; the only problem is its too expensive for the average black person.

    And like anything else, always do the work, your due
    diligence, Con Artists are all around us.



     
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