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Mauton. Source: Mauton Akran

Mauton. Source: Mauton Akran

African immigrants are the fastest growing segment of the black population in the U.S. But the cultural boundaries between black Americans and African immigrants are hard to break down. On this edition, we meet Mauton Akran, a Nigerian immigrant growing up in Oakland, California, and we explore the tensions between African immigrants and black Americans through his eyes.

This show has been a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Thanks to student producer, Amy Jeffries, who wrote and edited this show under the guidance of independent media producer and UC Berkeley journalism lecturer, Claire Schoen.


Prince Mauton Akran, Oakland Technical High School student; Queen Rhoda Akran, nurse’s aide and seamstress; Gerald Lenoir, Black Alliance for Just Immigration coordinator; Ugo Nwokeji, University of California at Berkeley assistant professor of African American Studies; Darrick Smith, Oakland Technical High School teacher and TryUMF program founder.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Amy Jeffries
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy, Aubrey Green
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Contributing Editors to this show: Edwin Okong’o, Claire Schoen, and Lydia Chavez

For more information:

African American Studies Department-University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, CA

Black Alliance for Just Immigration – Berkeley, CA

Oakland Technical High School – Oakland, CA

Amy Jeffries

Other Projects by Amy Jeffries:


Fela Kuti, “No Agreement”
Hamid Baroudi “Trance Dance”
Common “The Light”
OlaDELe, “Still African”
Keak da Sneak, “Welcome to Oakland”
Mac Dre, “Dreganomics”
Fela Kuti “Odoo”
Fela Kuti “Ikoyi Blindness”

Additional Information:


“Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class” by the Pew Research Center

“Black Diversity in Metropolitan America” by John R. Logan and Glenn Deane

“Contemporary African Immigrants to the United States” by Joseph Takougang

News Stories:

“Black on Black Tension” by Hana Baba, KALW

“The Melting Pot – Overcoming Perceptions: African Immigrants Seek Ties, Harmony with American Blacks” by Eric Chan, Detroit Free Press

“Black and Ethnic” by Farai Chideya, NPR News & Views blog

“Shades of Gray in Black Enrollment: Immigrants’ Rising Numbers a Concern to Some Activists” by Jason Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

“More Africans Enter U.S. Than in Days of Slavery” by Sam Roberts, The New York Times


“Being A Black Man” –

“In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience” – Digital Library Program, The New York Public Library

“The African Foreign Born in the United States” by Elizabeth Grieco

Author: Radio Project

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