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As a former DC resident and English prof, I adore the sensibilities of Ethelbert Miller. I appreciate his notion of black being universal. I remember being in my mid-twenties and discovering the concept of the black diaspora as a grad student at UMCP. It broaden my horizons by giving me permission to be black on my own terms, fluidly, unapologetically. It allows me to swell with pride when I tell people my husband is french. It catches them off guard. He is. And, senegalese. And wolof and mandika. Miller's thinking affirms him too here in America and beyond. It affirms by nieces and nephews who are biracial as well.