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African American Male Feminist - The theory of an African American male feminist is a relatively new concept that is rapidly growing. Alexander Crummell, who was an advocate of black feminism stated, “For, humble and benighted as she is, the black woman of the South is one of the queens of womanhood. If there is any other woman on this earth who in native aboriginal qualities is her superior, I know not where she is to be found.” Before I discuss the importance, relevance and substance of what it is to be not only a successful male feminist but a universally accepted male feminist, I will first lay the foundation of what a feminist is from the ground up....   [tags: African American Literature]
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African American Stereotypes Reality Television - Reality programs have dominated television networks since their rise in popularity began in the early 1990s with MTV’s The Real World. The reality genre quickly gained viewership as it redefined the formulaic set up of televisions shows from the past. Reality television has infiltrated television because networks prefer low budgets for their programs that also generate high ratings (Hasinoff, 2008). People watch reality shows because they are intrigued by the seemingly “real” drama with ordinary people as characters (Dubrofsky, 2006)....   [tags: African American Stereotypes]
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Freedom: To the African American Slave - What is freedom. This question is easy enough to answer today. To many, the concept of freedom we have now is a quality of life free from the constraints of a person or a government. In America today, the thought of living a life in which one was “owned” by another person, seems incomprehensible. Until 1865 however, freedom was a concept that many African Americans only dreamed of. Throughout early American Literature freedom and the desire to be free has been written and spoken about by many....   [tags: African-Americans, slavery, American literature]
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A Look At African American Political Policies and Social Status - When looking at African American political policies and social status both in their native country and in America, it is important to see where their practices came from. First, when looking at the rich history of Africa, it is necessary to examine the African values. In Africa, their value system consisted of, “affiliation, collectivity, sharing, obedience to authority, spirituality, acceptance to fate and past time” (Pinderhughes, 1982, p.91). This is the framework the African people knew before coming to the America’s via the slave trade....   [tags: African American History] 827 words
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African American History in America - In From Slavery to Freedom (2007), it was said that “the transition from slavery to freedom represents one of the major themes in the history of African Diaspora in the Americas” (para. 1). African American history plays an important role in American history not only because the Civil Rights Movement, but because of the strength and courage of Afro-Americans struggling to live a good life in America. Afro-Americans have been present in this country since the early 1600’s, and have been making history since....   [tags: History Blacks African American]
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African American Culture: Repression, Assimilation, and Compliance to Anglo Saxon Group Norms - Introduction In the traditional and nontraditional cultures include similarities and differences that will mirror human behaviors, beliefs, and values. The traditional cultures imbed traditions with social inflicted roles, habits, and ethical restrictions (Shiraev & Levy, 2010). However, nontraditional cultures work towards independence, social accomplishment in roles, and development of awareness (Knick, 2010). Approximately 35% make up the traditional native culture of African slaves shipped to America (Mintz & McNeil, 2013)....   [tags: African American cultural values]
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African American Hardships - African American Hardships During pre-colonial African kinship and inheritance, it provided the bases of organization of many African American communities. African American men were recognized for the purpose of inheritance. They also inherited their clan names based on their accomplishments, as well as other things when one decease. Land was not owned in many parts of Africa during the pre-colonial period. It was yet held and distributed by African American men. Access to the land by women depended on their obligations or duties within the gendered division of labor....   [tags: African American Studies] 1290 words
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African American Reconstruction - Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were treated as second class individuals. They lacked the freedom and equality they sought for. To the African Americans, the Civil War was a war of liberation. Contrary to what African Americans perceived, Southerners viewed the war as an episode of their journey to salvation. Southern lands may have been destroyed and depleted, but the South was persistent that their racial order would not be disrupted. To most, the goals of the Reconstruction era were to fully restore the Union, and to some, grant emancipation and liberty to former slaves....   [tags: African American History] 1245 words
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The African-American Odyssey - The African-American Odyssey The Promise of Reconstruction, 1865-1868 The emancipation of the African slave who was now disconnected from their traditions and way of life after nearly 300 years, is seemingly a great gush from the dam to the ebbs and flows of the struggle. The end of slavery as we know it, presented a ball of mixed emotions among the nation; North and SOUTH. Some slaves were grossly ecstatic to be free. For example, when a slave girl named Caddy, from Goodman, Mississippi found she was free, went to her mistress, flipped up her dress and told her "Kiss my ass!" On the contrary, some slaves were apprehensive of being free....   [tags: African American History] 1668 words
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African American Culture - African American Culture Music Spirituals This is a religious song sung by the black people in the southern part of the US and are often influenced by African melodies. The spirituals are typical working songs and often content stories and persons from the Bible. Many of the slaves, in fact, thought of themselves as modern children of Israel who were looking for freedom. The songs first become well-known outside the southern states when the slaves were set free from slavery. Blues The blues is extremely various type of music, and it has many different musical expressions....   [tags: African American Studies] 1168 words
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Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating? - Is The African American Family Slowly Disintegrating. America, as we know it today, is composed of an eclectic mix of cultures including African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American as well as diverse European cultures. These cultures have amalgamated in some ways, but in other ways certain cultures have established themselves as dominant, immensely contributing to the paradigm shifts in the American culture. The English language, for example, is the language that is prevalently spoken in the United States today; it is traditionally associated with the Yankees who have European descent....   [tags: Family African American Black Essays]
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Blue-Collar African American Life in Killer of Sheep by Charles Burnett - Every so often a film is made that makes a major impact on the culture of cinema. Charles Burnett with his film Killer of Sheep (2007) made that impact. The film was created by Burnett as his masters thesis from the UCLA film school in 1977, but was not formally released until 2007 (Burnett, Milestone Films). Even though it wasn’t released for almost thirty years, the film received international praise. Killer of Sheep brought to life a new image of African American cinema and created a powerful impression of life in the black ghetto....   [tags: cinema, african american realism, watts riots]
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African American Theater - Over the course of approximately one-hundred years there has been a discernible metamorphosis within the realm of African-American cinema. African-Americans have overcome the heavy weight of oppression in forms such as of politics, citizenship and most importantly equal human rights. One of the most evident forms that were withheld from African-Americans came in the structure of the performing arts; specifically film. The common population did not allow blacks to drink from the same water fountain let alone share the same television waves or stage....   [tags: Culture African American Cinema Theater] 1967 words
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Fatherhood and the Unmarried Adolescent African-American Male - Just about a quarter of all children are now born out of wedlock.... Add to that the substantial fraction of children born into marriages that will not survive.... What do these high rates of marital instability imply for patterns of childbearing, and especially for fathers’ involvement with their children. (Furstenberg & Harris, 1992, p. 199) The vast amount of research on the topic of adolescent pregnancies has historically focused on the female (such as Furstenberg, 1976 and Stack, 1974)....   [tags: African American Black]
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Identity and Self-Esteem: A Look at Self-Verification in African American Literature - Individuals are born into families, races, cultures, and countries, but have little awareness of their individuality as very young children. The psychological sense of being separate individuals from their families or caretakers appears to be of little importance until they recognize themselves as separate selves. This is true for all human beings in all cultures, but for races or cultures who have been marginalized, having a separate identity and gaining self-esteem appear to play an even more important role....   [tags: African American Literature]
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The African American College Dropout Rate - Throughout the years the dropout rate of African Americans has increased and decreased. Many people look at black students as if they sit there and do not learn anything at all but we do try. Some may think that the only reason the black students drop out is because their grades, but that’s not true. Some dropout because of financial pressure, health problems, mental, emotional, and social issues, and may not have family support. “Blacks have been historically been under represented for the past years” (Herndon 489)....   [tags: Blacks, African Americans, College Dropout Rates, ]
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Saint Bridit and African American Women Saints - One of my class mates traveles to Ireland every year. My class mate stated each time she visits Ireland that she gets a greater understanding of women in the early days. We both come from a baptist, penecostal and apstolic background, I would like to compare the roles of Saint Bridit and women in the church, the only black women preachers preached about in the baptist church was harriet tuckman. The other women talked about in church was Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. However Mary the mother of Jesus did increase my faith, however I know it was much knowledge to be gained concerning women....   [tags: travel, saints, African Americans,] 2167 words
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Equality for African Americans: An American History - As the United States flag Pledge of Allegiance states “I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, One nation under God, …with liberty and justice for all” did people really believe in this pledge. Liberty means freedom, liberation, right, and justice means fairness or impartiality for all Americans whether they were, African American, White, Mexican, Indians, Japanese…etc. The government maybe needed to revisit this pledge just to remind them of what our county was built on which is equal opportunity....   [tags: NAACP, African Americans, racism, segregation,] 1137 words
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African American History - Slavery began in the late 16th century to early 18th century. Africans were brought to American colonies by white masters to come and work on their plantations in the South. They were treated harshly with no payments for all their hard work. In addition, they lived under harsh living conditions, and this led to their resistance against these harsh conditions. The racism towards the African Americans who were slaves was at its extreme as they did not have any rights; no civil nor political rights....   [tags: slavery, american colonies, plantations]
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African American Consciousness and Self-Contempt - Black self-contempt seeping into African American culture is irrefutable, as is the fact that it is misconstrued, unchallenged, and undervalued. The unparalleled intense emotion of internalized self-hatred currently plaguing the minds of numerous Blacks is not an ordinary phenomenon developed from centuries of evolution. It is not a nameless occurrence empty of a coherent justification. It is simply the consequence of an intentionally condemned system of suppression and control. An enormous scheming method used for preserving the present grand image of society....   [tags: Self Contempt, American Culture Issues]
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African American Contributions in Science - African American Contributions in Science            Throughout American history many African Americans have been overlooked in the field of science. Some powerful minds and great inventors haven’t been re-introduced to new generations. African Americans have contributed a great deal to the advancements of our country and one of the major fields they have made contributions to is in the field of science. Many successful African Americans have been overshadowed by their Caucasian counterparts. More of our children should be aware of these great historians....   [tags: Science African Americans Scientists Essays]
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Death and the African American Literature - Racism in the United States is without a doubt one of the most gruesome forms of inhumanity. This disease generated the dehumanization of slavery which has taken the lives of innumerable innocent African Americans. It has also robbed a whole race of their identities, heritages and cultures. Throughout the myriad of novels, excerpts, poems, videos and other forms of literature that we encountered in this course, it is unmistakable that the African American literary tradition demonstrates that the past (the unbelievable sufferings of African Americans) can never be arrested and forgotten....   [tags: Racial Relations, Racism] 2485 words
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Poverty in the African American Community - The United States developed the official poverty measures in 1960. It was developed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had declared a war on poverty during the Civil Rights era. (The Path of Power- The years of Lyndon B. Johnson, (Caro, 16). The poverty rate of African Americans has been declining for many years. The Census Bureau releases two reports every year that describe who is poor in the United States based on cash resources. There is also the supplemental poverty measure (SPM) which takes account for the cash resources and non cash benefits from government programs aimed at low income families....   [tags: treats to world peace, poverty measures]
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Trends in African American Families - Research studies have shown that African Americans are currently the least likely ethnic group to be married in this country. This paper will examine some of the reasons why this trend exists when there was a time when marriage rates among blacks were about equal to those of whites. History, culture, economics and dominant culture influences have impacted the current trends in African American families. Many are choosing to postpone marriage, while others are finding alternative ways to cultivate family and raise children....   [tags: nonmarital sex and unwed parenthood]
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Gay African American on TV - Historically, the representation of gay, African-American men on television has fallen short of the mark . We have seen “sissies, faggots and finger-snapping queens” sashaying across the screen, feminizing and marginalizing African-American men by these racially insensitive and homophobic caricatures. In this paper I examine the characters: Keith Charles of HBO’s Six Feet Under, Omar Little of HBO’s The Wire, Lafayette Reynolds of HBO’s True Blood, and Julien Lowe of FX’s The Shield and how their characters manifest their masculinity....   [tags: Social Issues, Gender Roles] 2543 words
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AIDS in African American Community - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS weakens the immune system hampering the body’s defense mechanisms. AIDS is known to be a deadly disease, especially if it is not treated in a timely manner. AIDS and HIV is an epidemic that is increasing among the African American population with roots tracing back to Africa, AIDS and HIV needs greater exposure and more awareness within the African American community and in the homosexual community....   [tags: HIV, immune system, epidemic]
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Overview of African-American Culture - Being a resident of South Carolina, African-American Culture was chosen as part of the applied learning project for the Intercultural Nursing class, because African-Americans make up more than a quarter of this state’s population. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the total population for South Carolina (S.C.) is 4,625,364, with 27.9% being of African-American descent. The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding and sensitivity to issues and cultural variances or phenomena that are unique to the African-American Culture....   [tags: Black History]
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African American Female Leadership - African American women and leadership are two terms that are rarely found juxtaposed in American history. For centuries, the United States has been governed and controlled by white males. From the days of slavery, to current day, white American males have head many offices, presided over entire nations, and even asked whether or not a customer wanted fries with their meals. White males have been running all aspects of society since the day Columbus sailed the ocean blue. The foundation of America is based off of the leadership of white males....   [tags: gender roles, white man, women, race]
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White and African-American Relations - 1. In your own words, summarize the author’s thesis in a paragraph. The 1960’s in the United States of America was a time of great change and turmoil. The nation experienced numerous, landmark legal decisions that looked to mend and repair the racial divide that the country had experienced since the first landing of settlers in the New World. Tension and racial animosity around the United States was extremely high during the 1960’s and one area where it reached a climax was Detroit, Michigan. In the summer of 1967, this climax entailed racial riots, destruction, and violence throughout the city....   [tags: segregation, Detroit riots, ]
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Affirmative Actions: African American - It is ingrained in the fabric of this great nation that education opens the door to success and is a prerequisite of social mobility; more precisely, higher education. The ideal that even the poorest of citizens can aspire to achieve greatness with hard work and talent, is the American Dream that is at the heart of every U.S. citizen. Despite his family’s humble means, President Barack Obama rose through the ranks of higher education to hold the highest office of the most powerful nation in the world....   [tags: minorities, freedom, opportunity]
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African American or Inhuman? - In A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J Gaines, the author, sets his story during the 1940s in a Cajun community. Jefferson, a young African-American man, is an innocent witness to a liquor store shoot-out where three men are murdered, but he is the one and only survivor, and therefore, he is sentenced to prison and death. As a young boy, Gaines grew up on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, which represents the Bayonne in his fictional writings. Having experienced the lifestyle of slavery, Gaines portrays the hardships and difficulties of living an African-American life....   [tags: Ernest J Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying]
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African-American Women: Understanding The Problems of Gender and Race - African-American Women: Gender and Race Introduction African-American women have often been an overlooked group with the larger context of American Society. Historically, oppression has been meted out to the African-American woman in two ways. Historically, everything afforded to African-American, from educational and employment opportunities to health care have been sub-par. As women they have been relegated even further in a patriarchal society that has always, invariably, held men in higher regard....   [tags: american society, oppression, exploitation]
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The Struggle for Freedom Among African American Citizens - Diversity, we define this term today as one of our nation’s most dynamic characteristics in American history. The United States thrives through the means of diversity. However, diversity has not always been a positive component in America; in fact, it took many years for our nation to become accustomed to this broad variety of mixed cultures and social groups. One of the leading groups that were most commonly affected by this, were African American citizens, who were victimized because of their color and race....   [tags: diversity, american history, discrimination]
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The History of African Americans in America - African Americans have faced a lot of challenges and struggles in the past, more than just what other people actually know about. They have been beaten, scorned, and embarrassed for centuries unable to do anything but what they were told. Slavery in the United States first began in Virginia, in 1619, when African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown (Slavery in America - Black History - History.com, 2009). A Dutch ship had brought 20 Africans ashore to the British colonies which lead to slavery spreading throughout the American colonies....   [tags: african american, women, civil rights]
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Obesity in African American Women - Obesity in African American Women Despite the well-publicized health and emotional consequences of obesity, a successful weight-loss industry, and a high rate of voluntary dieting, the prevalence of obesity in African American women continues to increase. For the most part, African American women are aware of the serious health risks related to obesity. Honest attempts to diet and exercise properly usually resulted in gaining of the weight loss and additional pounds in the process. A limited number of studies suggest that African American women maybe less motivated to control their weight because of culturally determined, permissive attitudes toward obesity (Kumanyika & Guilford-Davis, 199...   [tags: Obesity Black American Women]
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African-American Cultural Beliefs - African-American is a politically correct term used to refer to blacks within the United States. The roots of many African-American rites can be traced back to African cultural rites. However, it is important to note that not all blacks in America identify with African cultural roots. Therefore, some of the rites found within what many in the United States call African-American culture stem from Caribbean and other cultural traditions. For this reason, when making end of life decisions or funeral arrangements the “cultural identification, spirituality and the social class” the individual identifies with must be taken into account....   [tags: Culture]
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African American Perception - The perception of racism towards African Americans in the United States is shown through both current American novels and films. Nearly every novel and film made today portrays a sense of racism towards African Americans and continually has the African American gangster and the white man hero. Unfortunately, many African Americans are categorized compared to whites as less qualified, educated and trustworthy. More specifically, the novel Southland acknowledged a different racial perception of jobs towards whites and people of color in relation to being a police officer....   [tags: Race]
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The African-American Male - Thesis Statement: To examine societies contribution to the destruction of the urban African-American male, one must further explain the educational system, racism toward the African-American male, and male role models in society; in doing so it will interpret the meaning to Jawanza Kunjufu first volume: Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys (2004). I. Educational System a. Lack of Information/ Dropouts b. Fourth Grade Syndrome c. Black Male Teachers II. Racism for males a. In the Environment b. Economically c. Rights as a Citizen III....   [tags: Race]
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African-American Religious History - Introduction This paper elaborates on the diverse contributions peoples of African descent have made to the pluralistic religious landscape of America and replicates various passages from our textbook. It focuses on the personal narratives of non-religious to religious leaders—exemplifying their influence on the African American religious movement during slavery and the reconstruction of America. Each section represents different historical periods, regional variations, and non-Christian expressions of African-American religion....   [tags: religion, Olaudah Equiano, Martin Luther King Jr]
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HIV African American - HIV infections in African American Males have been a national growing problem since the early 1990’s. According to CDC, In the United States, there are more than 1 million people living with HIV. 48 percent are afro American males. It estimate that around 1 million people in the United States will be diagnose with HIV in the up coming year with the lifetime risk of becoming infected is 1 in 16 for black males (CDC,2007). There is growing concern about the disproportionate increase of HIV among afro American males ages 13-19 with low social- economic demographics ( )....   [tags: Disease] 2349 words
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The African American Civil Rights Movement - The African American civil rights movement was a long journey for African American nationwide. The success involved many people, hardships and time in order to advance the African American community in America. The purpose of the movement was to achieve their rights, cease discrimination, and racial segregation. During the start of the African American civil rights movement, Africans Americans still were faced with Jim Crow laws which segregated them from whites. Under the Jim Crow laws African Americans had different schools, bathrooms, trains, buses and many other things that were separated from the white population....   [tags: jim crow laws, race, sex, discrimination]
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The African American People's Fight for Equality - The Civil Rights Movement is the story of the struggle of African-American people and their fight for equality. Although exceptional leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Ralph Abernathy fought long and hard and carried the burden of the movement on their shoulders, they were not alone. The struggle was fueled by the commitment and the hard work of thousands of everyday people who decided that the time had come to take a stand. The fight for equal educational opportunities for African-American students has left its indelible mark on the history of the state of Alabama....   [tags: Prejudice, Civil Rights Movement, racism] 2687 words
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African American Studies: Trends and Developments - The definition of African American studies has been a much debated topic for years. Surely, it is a necessary program to be taught in schools to educate students on the black experience through a political, social, and legal understanding. In order to appreciate the purpose and denotation of the curriculum, we must first look at the history of the field itself, the key elements that make up the program and its role in society, as well as what the future holds for the advancement of African American studies....   [tags: social issues, black studies]
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Social Stratification in the African American Community - Social Stratification in the African American community has changed over the years. Social stratification is defined as a rigid subdivision of a society into a hierarchy of layers, differentiated on the basis of power, prestige, and wealth according to Webster’s dictionary. David Newman in Sociology Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life describes stratification as a ranking system for groups of people that perpetuates unequal rewards and life chances in society. From slavery to the present, the African American community has been seen to have lower status compared to white people....   [tags: Race] 1003 words
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The African American Experience and Their Aims for Writing - During this period of literature of the Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance, 1865-1919, African Americans were becoming more educated and more aware of the rights that they were entitled to. The start of this Reconstruction Era began after 1863’s emancipation of slaves in the Confederate states and the Civil War’s end in 1865. Although the three Civil Rights amendments, thirteenth(1865), fourteenth (1868), and fifteenth (1870), ends slavery in slaves states, ensures equal protection and due process for all citizens, and gives voting rights to all men(Black and White), institutionalized segregation was still an issue(UShistory.org)....   [tags: slavery, reconstruction era, literature]
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Gwendolyn Brooks: An African American Poet - Gwendolyn Brooks’ did not let her hurdles in life slow her down. In fact, Brooks’ used her obstacles to her advantage, and sprinted towards the finish line. Gwendolyn faced financial struggles, and limited opportunities due to her racial background. However, Brooks’ achieved many accomplishments and used her African American heritage to become one of America’s best poetic authors. Gwendolyn Brooks has said that her poetry was written for blacks and about blacks, yet any person of any race can relate to the universal themes portrayed in her pieces....   [tags: Literature, Biography, Author]
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HIV Infections in African American Males - HIV infections in African American Males have been a national growing problem since the early 1990’s. According to CDC, in the United States, there are more than 1 million people living with HIV. 48 percent are afro American males between the ages 13-44(CDC, 2007). It is estimated that around 1 million people in the United States will be diagnose with HIV in the up coming year with the lifetime risk of becoming infected is 1 in 16 for black males (CDC,2007). However, there is growing concern about the disproportionate increase of HIV among adolescent African American males ages 13-19....   [tags: STD, HIV, AIDS] 1443 words
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African American Women in Upper Management - Within the upper echelons of upper management is scant room for African American women. This mini-proposal outlines a research project that focuses on the phenomena of the nominal amount of African American women are in positions of management or organizational leadership within the City of Philadelphia. Proposed Problem The issue necessitating this empirical study I the low representation of African American women in Philadelphia in positions of power and leadership. Within the private and public sector of organizations within city agencies and businesses, there is still little representation of women-owned or led agencies within the City even though special consideration is given to women-...   [tags: minority-led NGOs, philadelphia]
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Childhood Obesity in African American Children - Childhood obesity is a consequential medical condition that effects the youth and adolescence of society. This disorder creates health problems that were once only seen in adults, such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Although childhood obesity is a world wide issue, the percentage of overweight children differs, especially throughout the United States. Today, the greatest population suffering from this disease are African American children who reside in the southern part of the country....   [tags: Obesity in Black Children]
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African American and Jim Crow Laws - For quite a few decades, African-Americans were subjected to Jim Crow laws. Starting in the 1890s, African-Americans were kept out of schools, libraries, restrooms, restaurants, and so on, and were constantly told that the facilities were “separate but equal.” African-Americans had to deal with “sun-down towns” where their lives were in even more danger than they already were if they were ever caught in these all-white areas after the sun went down. African-Americans had small wins, like in Morgan v....   [tags: oppression, freedom rides, students]
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Elvis Presley and African American Music - "I can guarantee you one thing –we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.” (Bangs 1) Elvis not only made significant contributions to the music industry, but he became the most famous idol across the world and in the U.S.A. Elvis Presley was regarded as one of most influential rock n’ roll performers of the century. If you say “The King of Rock” everyone will automatically know you are talking about Elvis Presley. Through his music, Elvis paved the road for African Americans to the music world, and he had essentially revolutionized American society and culture....   [tags: rock'n'roll, music, history]
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African American Colonial Ways of Life - African American Colonial Ways of Life Introduction: When the settlement of the new world began, conflict arose among European, African and Native American Cultures, all of these groups faced hardships. Europeans and African Americans did not have any survival skills and soon found that trading with the indians was their means for survival and profit. For the Native Americans this interaction presented them to many diseases that the colonists had brought over from England, these diseases vastly decreased the Native American population....   [tags: culture, racism, slavery, Rowlandson, bible]
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African-American Leadership, Politics, and Institutions - African Americans have a long history in the Americas. Their experience in United States is however laden with historical records of oppression and segregation. It has been difficult to shed off slavery tags that emanates from their historical entry into the Americas. There are many issues that emerge when considering the experience of African Americans. One of the most important issues that has been extensively studied in regard to African American experience is the issue of leadership and politics....   [tags: Black Leaders and Politics]
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The African American Post-Soul Generation - Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968; the Sugar Hill Gang released its wildly successful hip-hop single, “Rapper’s Delight,” eleven years later in 1979. This period of time, bookended by the thirst for equality of the Civil Rights Movement and the social conservatism of the 1980s, was the first example of a fundamentally transformed America for its black youth. At the core of the nascent years of the “Post-Soul Generation,” as author Nelson George refers to the post-Civil Rights African American, raged a fundamental identity crisis that required African Americans to reconcile a history of marginalization and second-class citizenship with a newly instilled sense of equality....   [tags: Civil Rights ] 1334 words
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African American Women Arrival in Colonies - In 1619, the first African Americans arrived in the colonies. Only a handful of survivors had outlasted a gruesome sea voyage. They had all been taken during a raid of a Spanish ship that was sailing for the Spanish West Indies. During the next few years, many African Americans were uprooted from their homelands and forced into slavery. They were unwillingly taken from their families and tribes, forced onto slave ships, and forced to endure cruel treatment at the hands of their captors. Many of the African American women were sexually assaulted during their time on the ship, and in many cases, it would not stop when they reached port....   [tags: American History] 592 words
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African American Discrimination in the United States - African American Discrimination in the United States NO. NO. This is the word most often heard by African Americans throughout our vivid history. Although at one time we were a majority of judgment and unfair discrimination, it is now more than likely safe to say, white or black, we are proud to be Americans. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird she elucidates what it was like, during the 1930s, to live in a small town who often put judgment before thought. When thinking of discrimination the words unfair, segregation, and prejudice all come to mind....   [tags: American America History] 1006 words
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African American History: Heritage, not Hate - African American History: "Heritage, not Hate" When exploring African-American history, the most important things to focus on are that because of the times, black people were enslaved and treated poorly. They endured it all and worked hard to rise above the boundaries of slavery and prejudice. However, the most portentous aspect of African-American history is that it's heritage; it's history; and it's over. Jane Minor was born as Gensey Snow around the late 1700's or early 1800's. She was born into slavery and freed around 1825 when she changed her name....   [tags: American America History] 415 words
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Sports and African Americans: John "Jackie" Robinson - What would you feel like to be the first modern African American to play major league baseball. Well, you don’t because this courageous man named John(Jackie) Robinson took over that role. On January 31, 1919, a kid by the name of Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia. He surely did not know that he would be one day an american hero. His father was Jerry Robinson, a plantation worker. His mother was Mallie, she was a domestic worker. Jackie had three brothers and one sister. The four brothers were: Edgar, Frank and Mack....   [tags: african american, major league baseball]
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African American Femininity: Two sides of a coin - When sixteenth and seventeenth century explorers returned to Europe from their journeys to Africa, they constructed and disseminated degrading stereotypes of African women based on the observations they had made abroad. Basing their perceptions of women off of European women’s bodies, these explorers noticed and commented on how African women’s bodies differed in many aspects—these disparities then became justifications for the differential treatment between these two groups of women. Because these African American women didn’t conform to the basic norms of womanhood that the explorers were accustomed to, they were quick to categorize them as strange, animalistic and hypersexual; their bodil...   [tags: Race in America] 1577 words
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The Role of African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement - The African American Civil Rights Movement was a series of protests in the United States South from approximately 1955 through 1968. The overall goal of the Civil Rights Movement was to achieve racial equality before the law. Protest tactics were, overall, acts of civil disobedience. Rarely were they ever intended to be violent. From sit-ins to boycotts to marches, the activists involved in the Civil Rights Movement were vigilant and dedicated to the cause without being aggressive. While African-American men seemed to be the leaders in this epic movement, African-American women played a huge role behind the scenes and in the protests....   [tags: Black Civil Rights in America]
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African- American Civil Rights Movement of 1955-1968 - Introduction The series of African – American Civil Rights movements, which stretched from 1955 to 1968, aimed at restoring the rights of the African – American people and liberating them from the social and racial discrimination. This movement changed the social and political structure of the United States. The main catch was that the movement accomplished successful results following the ‘nonviolent resistance’, establishing the fact that the Christian religion believed in peace and equality. Birth of the Civil Rights Movements: United States, since its foundation has endured racial inequality....   [tags: Black Civil Rights in America]
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The Myths of the African American Woman - Defying the Myths of the African American Woman - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, and Push        Throughout slavery, myths were created about African American women. These myths of yesterday have tainted the image of the African American woman today. These myths include two major ideas, the first being that all African American women are perceived as more promiscuous than the average white woman. The second myth is that black women are virtually useless, containing only the capabilities of working in white homes and raising white children....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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The Importance of African-American Studies - African-American Studies The aspect of African-American Studies is key to the lives of African-Americans and those involved with the welfare of the race. African-American Studies is the systematic and critical study of the multidimensional aspects of Black thought and practice in their current and historical unfolding (Karenga, 21). African-American Studies exposes students to the experiences of African-American people and others of African descent. It allows the promotion and sharing of the African-American culture....   [tags: Education, culture, race, black history] 1857 words
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The Contribution of African American Women - The Contribution of African American Women I am not the first. I am not the first Black woman to attend a college or university. I am not the first Black woman to exercise her right to vote. I am not the first Black woman to dream, to be so hopeful for positive change that she sees possibilities in bleakness. I am not the first Black woman to know how it feels to be rejected instead of accepted, to be humiliated instead of acclaimed, to be passed over without lambs blood smeared on her door....   [tags: Reflective History Black Woman Essays] 499 words
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Misconceptions of African American life - Misconceptions of African American life “When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.” This quote, spoken true by a prominent African American scholar of the 20th century, Carson Woodson, is aimed at shedding light on the inherent miseducation of African Americans....   [tags: essays papers] 2543 words
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Children in African American Community at risk of the HIV/ - Children in African American Community at risk of the HIV/AIDS Many African Americans are at high risk of the HIV infection and many of them are unaware or have a lack of access to care, education and prevention services. With African American’s making up fourteen percent of the population, they make up almost half of all people infected with HIV. According to, Exploring the Social and Community Context of African American Adolescents’ HIV Vulnerability (2013), African American communities bear the burden of disproportionately high rates of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) nationwide....   [tags: Healthcare, Prevention, Community]
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African American Social Standings - This research paper will discuss the African American social standing in America throughout history. It will discuss the highs and lows and the pros and cons of the progression and also the different periods that African Americans lived through since they were brought to America.      The progression of African Americans in America began with a practice called slavery. Slavery is the state of a person who is the chattel of another. It began in 1441 when Portuguese men kidnapped 12 black Africans from Cabo Blanco and moved them to Portugal....   [tags: Slavery Afircan Americans Essays Papers] 1742 words
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Essay on African American Culture - Essay on African American Culture Works Cited Missing African American culture is defined as the learned, shared and transmitted values, beliefs, norms, and life ways carried by this group of people, which guides their decisions, thinking, and actions in patterned ways. The individual in society is bound by rules of their culture. Culture of people are different in that the same events that maybe fear- inducing in one culture, maybe anger-inducing in another culture (Leininger's, 1991). The theoretical framework that I used for this paper is Leininger's Sunrise Model....   [tags: World Cultures Essays Papers] 2047 words
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Being An African American Woman - As stated in Webster's II Dictionary, a woman is defined to be an adult female human. In today's society being an African American woman is a rigid task to live up to. It means to reside to what their ancestors have left behind, which means to be stronger than ever. Rosa Parks was strong, Harriet Tubman was also strong, and Jezebel was even stronger. So what exactly does it mean to be a woman. It means to stand up for what is right, even if that means sacrifice, it means to be strong whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally....   [tags: Definition Woman Female ] 893 words
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African American & Societys Influence - I. Introduction We can begin to draw comparisons and highlight distinctions about the meaning attached to youth violence, from the modern era to present day. Based on this meaning, we are able to understand the myriad of ways delinquent juveniles are affected by certain policies. Specifically, African Americans are over-represented in the juvenile justice system of Cook County, Chicago. Thus, they are a vulnerable population that is singled out by the system, and this further exacerbates and stigmatizes them....   [tags: essays research papers] 2064 words
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African American Integration and Independence - Integration and Independence In the latter half of 1885 several European empires gathered together for a conference in Berlin. At this meeting of utmost importance, the various European powers laid claim to their African colonial territories, thus dividing the continent like a birthday cake among themselves. The new boundaries now united thousands of cultures, nations and ethnicities under the banner of white ethno-centricity. Thus began the final colonial dominion of Europe which would last well into the 20th century....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Fight for Reparations in the Japanese and African American Communities - The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 allowed reparations for Japanese Americans illegally detained by the United States Government during World War II. Many assumed that the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 would help African American attain reparations for slavery. Legislation introduced in Congress each year since 1989 to create a commission to study the effects of slavery and segregation, has never been addressed as a serious issue. The fight for reparations in both the Japanese and African American communities have followed the same path of legal action, community support, public debate, and political actions helping to open a dialogue regarding reparations in the United States....   [tags: Racism ]
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ANALYSIS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HEALTHCARE - The article on Black America Web entitled “The state of Black America, Part 4: Health as Wealth” (Lewis, 17 Jan. 05) is mainly addressing how African Americans should get check-ups, eat a healthier diet, exercise, among other things to maintain their health. The authors main point of writing an article about health is so that African Americans will be propelled to take preventative measures to prevent and treat disease that may be debilitating or lethal, to get professional help if they are not feeling mentally prepared, and to put aside mistrust of the medical profession....   [tags: essays research papers] 851 words
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African American Issues: Slavery and Continuing Racism - There are many issues that African Americans face in today’s society, many of which I had not realized until after taking Africana Studies. Some issues dwell on the horrific past of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which not only is history, but also is part of African American heritage (Karenga, 2010). African Americans frequently experience many perilous problems, such as dire economic situations and feelings of hostility from the cultural mainstream in America (Kaufman, 1971). The cultural collision between African Americans and whites continues to create several problems in society....   [tags: Race, Slavery]
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Who is Holding the African American Culture Back? - Who is holding the African American Culture Back. Slavery is a topic that can still heat up a room just by the mention of the name, even 145 years after the African-American culture was set free. John McWhorter and other elite scholars go into detail about how the circumstances of low income, illiteracy, and high crime rates that African-Americans find themselves in, are outcomes of following a “cult of victimology” (Brophy, 2002). Low graduation rates among the African American population aids in the high unemployment rate, influencing a higher risk for health issues and poverty....   [tags: Race]
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Diversity Statement - African American - Diversity Statement - African American When people hear the word 'diversity', they often think in terms of black and white. I believe the true meaning of diversity is not simply about skin color, economic background or the face value of any other characteristic, rather it is the increased knowledge and sensitivity gained from unique experiences. The strength of diversity then comes from having many points of view and trying to reconcile them by finding common truths or resolving differences amongst people....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 882 words
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The Impact of Poverty on the Health of African American Children - Introduction: This paper focuses on how the poverty level of African Americans in the United States affects the health of their children. Research indicates a correlation between low socioeconomic levels and substandard health of children. Poverty affects living conditions, access to healthy foods and health-care, and increases the risk for illnesses and diseases. Studies have indicated that African Americans have the highest poverty percentage when compared to other race/ethnic backgrounds. Children who live in poverty tend to have lower birth weights, increased chances of HIV, asthma, obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, poor dental care, ear infections, and high levels of lead in their blood...   [tags: socioeconomics, politics]
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Research: Preventin Depression in Poorer African American Females - Preventing Depression There have been many studies done on depression in females after they have given birth, but very few that explain how poorer African American females feel about different types of treatment (Goodman, Dimidjian, & Williams, 2013). African American females that live at or below poverty level are less likely to receive mediation for depression after birthing a child or to partake in pre-emptive help than any other ethnic group (Goodman, Dimidjian, & Williams, 2013). Pregnant African American women’s attitudes toward perinatal depression prevention a study completed by Sherryl Goodman, Sona Dimidjian, and Kristen Williams was designed to find out the attitudes of these wo...   [tags: pregnant women, clinical psychology]
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