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    The study of the “expressive culture” of African descended peoples in Latin America can reveal quite a lot about their history and their contributions to the historical formation of peoples and nations in modern Latin America. Their expressive culture in both Cuba and Brazil, and in much of Latin America, was initially shunned and viewed as something barbaric and distinctly ‘other.’ Cuba and Brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were focused on protecting, preserving, and promoting whiteness

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    conclusion I believe that television media was an important aspect of Black people achieving Civil Rights but it couldn't have been achieved without everything else I have explained. Without people such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the American Presidents television wouldn't have been used to aid Black people in gaining civil rights. These people used the media to its best advantage as it showed peoples protests and emotive speeches, which gave them the rights they had fought for as

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    African American History in America

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    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. We as Americans have studied American history all throughout school, and took one Month out of the year to studied African American history. Of course we learn

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    Media Bias

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    Media Bias Introduction One problem that plagues us everyday without us even realizing it is media bias. We see it in the news. We see it on our favorite sitcoms. We read it everyday in the paper. Yet, we really don't recognize it when we hear it or see it. Media bias is evident in every aspect of the media, yet the problem is that we don't even recognize it when it is right in front of our faces. Are the impressions that we form about individuals a product of the media? Do we form certain

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    The Harlem Renaissance

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    Cultural developments do reflect American society as much as government policies or maybe more. Much of the literature, art, and music emerging during the first half of the twentieth century came from African Americans, but people of all races and cultures were involved. Films also reflected society a lot during this time. The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that gave black people a cultural uniqueness though literature and art. Most of the literature focused on realistically portraying black life

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    Alice Walker

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    Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker portrays black women struggling for sexual as well as racial equality and emerging as strong, creative individuals. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth child of Willie Lee and Minnie Grant Walker. When Walker was eight, her right eye was injured by one of her brothers, resulting in permanent damage to her eye and facial disfigurement that isolated her as a child. This is where her feminine

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    What’s Your Background? Alice Walker’s life as an African-American novelist and poet has led to many award winning short-stories and books. She was raised in the southern state of Georgia and her parents were sharecroppers. This taught her that being an African-American can have its rough times. After being shot by a BB gun when she was eight, Alice remained blinded in one eye. Her ailment caused her to seclude herself from other children her age. Alice’s feeling of being older

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    Black Women in Art

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    Black Women in Art Historically and currently African American women use art as a way to express themselves, their emotions and as an act of resistance. In this paper, I will discuss the various ways two very influential artists, Laurie Cooper and Lorna Simpson, use imagery to uncover and forefront the various forms of oppression that affect their lives as African American women. Since the late 1970s, African American art, as a form of self expression, explores issues which concern African peoples

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    Black Male Success in Higher Education

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    decrease in the percentage of African American male success in higher education. Not only does this effect society as a whole, but more importantly this effects the African- American community as well. The high percentage of uneducated African- American males will result in increased crime rate, shortened life span and overall hard life. However this epidemic can be stopped by looking at the contributing factors of why there is a decrease in African-American male success in higher education and how

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    Wrong Shoes

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    typically black man. Because I do no live up to the status quo, my identification as a black man continues to be questioned and misunderstood. Similar to Judith Cofer’s dilemma in The Myth of the Latin Woman:/ Just Met a Girl Named Maria, finding the right clothes to wear is difficult task: …I appeared at an American friend’s party wearing a dress suitable to a semiformal than to a playroom birthday celebration… I knew how to dress for school: at the Catholic school I attended we all wore uniforms; I knew

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