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    Diggy Simmons' Emotional Instagram Post About His Trip To Ghana Has The Diaspora Relating


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    Say hello to musician Diggy Simmons, the son of hip hop icon Rev Run of the influential group Run DMC. Diggy was amongst a host of Hollywood celebrities who spent the festive season living it up in Ghana.

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    He has been exploring the west African country's beautiful tourist attractions.

    Diggy is enjoying Ghana sha 😩

    Hanging out with some cool kids.

    And enjoying the nightlife with some other celebrity pals who also happened to be in Ghana, including Grammy-nominated singer Jidenna.

    Swanky vibes all 2019 @diggy_simmons 🇬🇭

    And he's been having a lot fun.

    Diggy Simmons showing off his Shaku in Ghana

    At the end of his trip, Diggy shared this portrait by photographer Joshua Kissi accompanied with a moving caption that has since gone viral.

    The 23-year-old acknowledges that prior to his trip, his ideas about the continent of Africa had been shaped through the media and, to him, its countries had been "branded as less than alluring."

    Ghana Portraits 🇬🇭 : Getting the brother @diggy_simmons acclimated with Kente in Ghana. #everyoneinghana

    He wrote: "The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment.

    "This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space."

    "...My takeaway — apart from feeling both inspired and devastated — was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight."

    People really liked Diggy's caption.

    Oh Diggy wawwuuuuu; a word 😍🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭❤️🙌🏾

    “Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free.” Whew, stunning.

    And feel it rings true to the diaspora.

    Sincerely believe many African Americans would identify with Diggy if they visited Africa. The misconceptions they have about the continent are tragic

    The photo is part of Ghanaian-American photographer Joshua Kissi's 'Ghana Portraits' series.

    Ghana Portraits 🇬🇭 : .@diggy_simmons in Kente.

    Kissi told BuzzFeed News: "The portrait series was expressed to show the narrative of Ghana and essentially Africa from what we have seen throughout history.

    "It was important for me to document the everyday person in Ghana, but as well notable people like Diggy Simmons interacting with his ancestral roots for the first time."

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