I've been doing shows around thecountry.
Around the world really.
I've been blessed.
And I rememberone day I'm in L.A.
and I'm doing a show andwe're sitting backstage
and this comedian comes into the backstage area
and he's got a list of allthe guys that are performing.
And so, he looks aroundand he looks at the
darkest guy in the corner,just the blackest guy
he could find.
And he goes
You the dude from Africa?
And the guy looksup and he's like
[comedically]nah man, I'm from Detroit.
[comedically]a'ight, my bad.
Uh, a'ight, uh, yo.
You--oh, a'ight, OK cool.
[normal speaking voice]And then he looks at me
for a second, does aquick calculation.
And he's like oh, a'ight,a'ight, um, yeah.
And then helooks and he goes
[comedically]yo, where you from man?
[normal voice] I saidI'm from South Africa.
[comedically]oh, oh, oh.
You the dude?
Oh damn, man.
Yo, I didn't evenknow they got--yo,
you the dude from Africa?
Man, didn'teven know they got
light-skinned [bleep]out there, man.
That's themotherland, man.
That's the motherland.
[normal voice] And all ofa sudden he just started
giving me this speech.
[comedically] man, you know,yo man, that's--yo man,
that's where wegotta be, man.
That's, you know--
--that's the motherlandout there, man.
I gots to getout there, man.
I gots to.
Yo, I gots togo home, man.
I gots to go home.
Man, you tell them.
You tell 'em.
You tell them I'mcoming home, a'ight?
[normal speaking voice]And I was like
[laughs] we're not waiting.
' Cause I'm just--I'm fascinate--I think
that's come--that whole identity has come
from the term African-American .
This is something that'sfascinated me.
You know, it's thevery loose term.
'Cause half of the timeyou use it for people that
aren't even African.
Just use it longas you're black.
They go African-American.
But it's--what if peoplearen't from Africa?
Those people from the Caribbean,from Haiti, from Jamaica.
[Jamaican accent] no man,I come from Jamaica.
I no' from Africa.
I ain't neverbeen there 'fore, man.
[comedically] He'slike you wanna stay?
[Jamaican accent]African-American, man.
[normal voice] The prefixto American has become as
important as American itself.
I thought it was justAmerican but it's not.
No, no, no.
It's very importantyou have the prefix.
You know, you haveAfrican-American.
You have otherslike Latin-
You have Asian-American.
You have--the mostinteresting for me was
Indian-American which I learnedabout during Thanksgiving.
And then I was told I'm nolonger allowed to say this.
Said I now have tosay Native American.
Which is redundant,is it not?
Because if somebody'sa native of the land
they're still in shouldyou not then just
call them American?
How does that work?