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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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The African American Vote - ... Now with blacks being given the right to vote it gave way to southern resistance as well as the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Alongside this rebellion republicans eventually gave white southern states permission to do with blacks as they pleased, which was recognized as the Compromise of 1877. By 1910, W.E.B. Du Bois along with others had founded the NAACP, which not only challenged the political system in the south but the entire racial caste system. By 1956, of blacks who could vote only 1,238,038 blacks had registered to vote, which was still a merely Twenty-five percent compared to the sixty percent amongst the white population....   [tags: American history and rights] 1395 words
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Segregated African American Children - ... The Board of Education. When Linda Brown was denied access to an all white school in Topeka, Kansas, her father claimed that it violated the Constitutions Equal Clause. So the Court agreed that it violated the Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, this was one of many initial steps to eliminating segregation in schools and eventually eliminate segregation everywhere. This decision did not go over well with Whites, for example when The Little Rock nine happened they were harassed by students and by the parents....   [tags: American history from 1880's to 1960's]
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African American Culture in the Americas - ... However, not all of this wonderful music was met with praises, as some southern states had forbidden drums, or beats for fear that it would cause a rebellion among the slaves (Sambol-Tosco). Even so, the exceptional melodies that the African Americans had created had a truly lasting impact in the future of all American music (Sambol-Tosco). Many of the slaves had used music as a way of conveying their emotions like through ring shouts and spirituals, where they often shared their joy and hope, or pain and sorrow (Sambol-Tosco)....   [tags: Africa, ditinctive culture, sounds, music]
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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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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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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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Jean Toomer- An African American Writer - Jean Toomer was an African American writer. He was known as the leading American writer of the 1920s after he established his book "Cane" which inspired authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Jean Toomer was born on December 26, 1894 as Nathan Pinchback Toomer. His mother was the governor of Louisiana during Reconstruction and the first U.S. governor of African American descent (Jones 1). In 1985, Toomer's father abandoned him and his mother. He forced them to live with his mother cruel father in Washington....   [tags: Leading American Writer, Cane, Harlam Rennaissance]
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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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Dealing with Bereavement as an African American - One of the most famous statements made by Buddha is, “life is suffering.” What this implies is that simply by living one will experience some type of suffering. The death of a loved one or bereavement is one way in which humans suffer in their life. The following will discuss the topic of bereavement. More specifically culturally sensitive bereavement focusing on the African American population. A comprehensive literature review with culturally relevant information, the Diagnostic and Statistical manual V changes regarding bereavement, potential issues and symptoms, and forms of treatment will be discussed....   [tags: suffer, culture, grieve] 1442 words
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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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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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Calvin's Problem as an African American - ... It is evident that Calvin is developing his ethnic identity falling somewhere in Cross’s Immersion-Emersion stage. Dubow, Pargament, Boxer, and Tarakeshwar (2000) found that students with more advanced levels of ethnic identity were more sensitive to culture-specific stressors (e.g., discrimination, racism). This is seen in Calvin’s reaction to the teacher telling him to “get over” the black experience during the Revolutionary war. He has a strong sense of identity, which in turn makes him exhibit the behaviors....   [tags: personal narrative] 1196 words
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African American Males and the World - ... This process is called Cross-sectional analysis and Longitudinal analysis. Longitudinal only tracks certain groups, like say mainly blacks. While Cross-sectional, reaches all over in mixed groups. With these two things they can match African male dropouts with other schools and see the patterns within their findings and maybe fix the issue that has caused the problem, from the source of why these boys are giving up and leaving school without trying to get their diplomas. Burger flipping doesn’t pay the bill at the end of the day....   [tags: drop outs, segregation, students]
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African American Slavery in America - African American Slavery in American African Americans gained freedom after the Civil War ended, they gained freedom to live life in public as normal people. However, being respected and the rights of citizenship alone where not enough to survive without also earning the right to work to earn money. The history of African American immigrants is not like the any other culture that have the desire to live a better life. The British were one of the most important colonizers in America and they had difficulty taking and securing land from the Native Indians and coming up with frontier settlements....   [tags: civil war, freedom, rights] 515 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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The Significance of African American Folktales - ... Alone and helpless in a foreign land, the slaves lived under brutal conditions that any group of people have ever endured. One would find it hard to ever smile and laugh, let alone come up with riddles, songs, and tall tales. As slaves, they were forced to live on lands were they weren’t even considered citizens, without rights but still no amount of brutal hard labor and suffering could keep at bay the power of imagination the slaves had. To help them get through such brutal conditions they found refuge in telling stories, singing folk tales such as “Go down, Moses” that tells the story of Moses leading people to freedom or “Swing low, sweet chariot” and “All God’s children had wings” t...   [tags: slavery, morals, circumstances] 710 words
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Image of African American Women - ... Black female entertainers avoided form fitting gowns while performing in order to gain respect as African American women (Feldstein 27). They utilized their natural hair to confront and denounce the negative and false presumptions regarding the black image (Feldstein 27). Black female artists wanted their audience to recognize that they were black women in order to break the racially barriers, disassemble the erroneous portrayals, and reconstruct the black image (Feldstein 27). After review the past actions, I will assess the actions that are being taken currently....   [tags: analysis of three Maya Angelou poems]
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African American Mothers in Movies - ... On the other side, Monica looks down on her mother for always being submissive to her father. The two embody completely different traits, and prioritize completely different things. One important quote that I noted was when the mother said, “My family had three meals a day, they had someone to pick up after them... that is what I came to care about.” These types of activities from an individual are what society has come to dub as female behavioral norms. Monica's mother came to a point in her life where these tasks have essentially become her life....   [tags: century, conformity, norms, aggressive, love] 655 words
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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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African American Soldiers and Civilians - ... Among the states which supplied most soldiers were New York, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. While still biased, the Army was more progressive in race affairs than the other branches of the military. Blacks could only serve partial and tedious positions in the Navy and the Coast Guard. Although technically eligible for many positions in the Army, very few Blacks got the chance to work in battle units. When it came to the outline, however, there was a turnaround in the common discriminatory procedure....   [tags: involvement, participation, Great War] 658 words
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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 Comedies Effect - African American Comedies Effect on my Childhood and Growth When you’re bored, what do you do. I find that when boredom hits reading a book simply puts me to sleep. I find boredom cured by television; but as I’m sure you already know that even television can bore you to tears sometimes. I have found that I enjoy watching comedies to entertain me, but not pointless comedies with no plot; just jokes. I am enticed by comedies with a good plot and that teaches me more than just how to make someone laugh....   [tags: Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Good Life]
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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 Vernacular English  - ... Mandingo suma 'slow' (literally 'cool')  dig  'to understand, appreciate, pay attention' cf. Wolof deg, dega 'to understand, appreciate'  bad  'really good'  In West African languages and Caribbean creoles used the word 'bad' usually that means 'good' or 'alot/intense'. For instance, in Guyanese Creole mi laik am bad, yu noo means 'I like him alot'. Dalby mentions Mandingo (Bambara) a nyinata jaw-ke 'She's very pretty.' (literally 'She is beautiful bad.'); cf. also Krio ( a creole language spoken in West Africa) mi gud baad....   [tags: academic, pronounciation, vocabulary] 1487 words
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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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Recostruction Era and African American Integration - ... Compared to the Southern white population, African- Americans were making great grounds in terms of education. Similarly, the work of Reconstruction Radicals initially successfully integrated freedmen into the country’s changing political makeup; instead African-American were eventually pushed to the brink of Southern politics. Black Republicans were the most numerous Republicans in the South during the Reconstruction. African- American held several political positions. “Between the 1869 and 1901, twenty African Americans served on the U.S House of Representatives and even two in the Senate” Most of these leaders had no previous experience in politics; however, considering that there we...   [tags: post Civil War America] 1327 words
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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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Discrimination of African American Women in Academics - Discrimination of African American Women in Academics Human history is long and filled with discrimination. People with the same color discriminate others. The most famous and obvious is that the White people discriminate colored people. In addition, people within the same race discriminated their own member by their gender, religious, political stands, etc. Women have been discriminated for decades. Before race is an issue, women in difference race are discriminated by the opposite gender within their race....   [tags: inequality in opportunity in higher education]
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The History and Construction of African American English - The debate about African American English has continued to gain a lot of scholarly attention; this fact has led to many studies concerning the history and the construction of this language to be conducted. Moreover, the African American English has gained popularity during the 21st century and has continued to be used in creating music lyrics for rap and r’n’b. On the other hand, throughout the history of African American Vernacular English it has had many different names including Negro English, Ebonics, Negro American dialect and Black English among others....   [tags: lingustics, grammar, slaves] 2368 words
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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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The African American Subculture in Changes by Tupac - ... Example of police officers brutality in the 1990s would be Rodney King and the LAPD. King, an African American man who was beat down severely by multiple police officers after he stopped resisting. Even with video evidence of police brutality, the predominantly white jurors acquitted the police officers involved (Rodney King). This incident triggered massive riots in Los Angeles areas. Tupac was aware of the violence and saw no change from decades ago; racism was alive and thrived in the streets of America....   [tags: rapper, brutality, drugs] 1226 words
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Taking a Look at African American Poets - ... In reality, this idea would enable blacks to escape, have goals, and be free. From these ideas, Washington was able to make the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute one of the best support systems for African American establishments in the United States of the year 1900. Washington's efforts have never gone unnoticed. Booker T's hard work and determination still acts as motivation for our young men and women of today. Born August 28, 1952, Rita Dove has made her mark in the history of African Americans....   [tags: Booker T. Washington, Rita Dove] 841 words
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The Effects of Media on African American Females - ... Such insensitivity and ignorance has been expressed to these women by authority figures and people they know. Adepero Oduye shares a few comments that were made to her by people she cared for. She says, the people say you never work with hair like that, natural hair…I thought about changing my name; somebody suggested I get a nose job…and I'm just like I'm just trying to be me…” she continues by pointing out that “the message was, who I am isn’t enough.” In addition to being beat down by those around them, Famous African American women tear themselves down also....   [tags: over-sexualization, black beauty]
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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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Taking a Look at African-American Cinema - ... Arguably, one of the most comedic black films is none other than Coming to America featuring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Directed by the same individual that made the iconic college fraternity movie Animal House, John Landis worked with Murphy to create a iconic African American movie due to its themes and casting. Released nearly a quarter of a century ago Coming To America was a comedic classic. As soon as the audience hears the song "She is Your Queen to Be" versus "Here Comes the Bride" during the royal wedding in the beginning of the movie it is clear that the movie has comedic intentions....   [tags: history of black film]
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Discrimination Against the African American Popluation - Quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. “ Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes on every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.” In daily basis, every single person on this earth is facing different kind of discrimination. In general discrimination prevails in life particulars. We are living in a world that is based on qualifications. Being a normal human is no longer accepted. However, African Americans are one of the most populations in this world who faced discrimination in general: Racial discrimination in particular....   [tags: qualifications, racial, segregation, slavery] 931 words
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African American Students and Equal Education - For centuries African Americans have fought for equal rights, one of them being an opportunity for the chance to get an equal education. Many people believe that African Americans have an equal or better chance at getting an education than other students. This is not the case when in fact, it is actually harder for these three reasons: African American students tend to come from harsh, poverty stricken atmospheres. Shattered family lifestyles that make it difficult to pursue a higher education because they have not received the proper information....   [tags: poverty stricken environments]
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African American Stereotypes in the Film Industry - ... During the civil rights movement a multitude of changes occurred within the American film industry, most notably in the 1950s-60s, which became a turning point for black actors in Hollywood. The roles for black actors became more diverse and they would come to be treated as equals to their white-counterparts on-screen. Leading the charge of the new influx of black talents on-screen that did not conform to the previous stereotypical roles of black actors was Sidney Poitier. While his name may not be the most recognizable in today’s society, especially with our youth, Sidney Poitier is perhaps one of the most impactful pioneers in American culture....   [tags: demeaning and misrepresentative images] 967 words
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African-American Maids in the Movie The Help - The movie The Help is a story about the African-American maids’ interactions with their white employers taking place in Jacksonville, Mississippi around the time of the Civil Rights Movement. The movie provides insight on the daily life of the African American working woman--the Help--as they move through their days working for white upper class families. It reveals the trials and tribulations of the Help, thus exposing the culture of pre-civil rights movement and leading the audience to critically consider American history....   [tags: civil rights movement, employers] 1425 words
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African American Rights in The United States - ... How does the author work to support, expand, or reject natural rights. Be specific. When using your sources, name the document and briefly identify your author, noting when and where he or she lived. Place each in any historical context that will help your reader understand his or her beliefs and actions. Then, summarize the main points the author makes. Explain what political or social problems (or changes) your author responds to in this piece. Use one quotation from your author's document to illustrate your answer....   [tags: civil conflict, law, rulers] 799 words
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African American Coming of Age in Mississippi - ... For example, there was a decision made by four North Carolina freshman to sit at the lunch counter of a local restaurant to initiate a new phase of civil rights activity. This sit-in was called the “Jackson Sit-In” and it caused an outbreak of new black college students from all areas of the South to make a difference too. Among them was the author of Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody. This protest was depicted as being horrific and dangerous to the young lives of these college students....   [tags: prejudice, segregation, martin luther king] 1299 words
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Voting Discrimination in African American Communities - ... On top of that, physical intimidation and violence from the Ku Klux Klan made it nearly impossible for Blacks to vote. Luckily, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discrimination in voting. Today, gerrymandering is used to hinder election votes of a particular demographic, such as African Americans. Gerrymandering has been an American tradition in politics, dating back to 1812. The term was first coined in an article in the Boston Gazette. Today, each state has a certain number of electoral and congressional districts according to their population and those districts are worth one vote in an election (the modern Electoral College system).The issue of racial gerrymandering arises when...   [tags: racial, gerrymandering, elections] 749 words
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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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Unfair Agreements for African American Sharecroppers - The sharecropping agreements changed over the years however one thing never changed; the workers could offer nothing more than their ability to perform farm tasks that greatly favored the landlord. Thus the African American workers would always be in debt to their White masters. The labor contracts between the White landowners and African Americans were often negotiated multiple times to keep them in the labor system thus keeping the free laborers and increasing agricultural profits for landowners....   [tags: wages, landowners, contracts] 517 words
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African American Movements in the 20th Century - ... They did not want to integrate with whites because they saw them as something completely different. Black Power was very focused on the heritage of African peoples. Black Power was very self-reliant and on the offensive side of things whereas the Modern Civil Rights Movement was defensive. They always carried weapons and loved using the 2nd amendment saying that they would “defend themselves if they had to.” They were very proud in their race and thought of themselves as superior to whites, and focused on Muslim approaches and belief....   [tags: the modern civil rights movement] 1120 words
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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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