There are numerous ways to identify would I am. I am a african american female that is country and loves the outdoors mainly like mud riding . My cultural identity is important it’s part of me . it’s who I am . inside and out . My religion is very important to my family, when I become an adult my religion will pass on to my children. Growing up it made me realize that my cultural is like a oreo hard on the outside and and the inside is thing sweet person filled with joy and happiness .
In this paper I discuss the African-American culture in regards to values, norms and beliefs.
Africans have, since the early settlement of America, has had a great influence in the nation’s growth. These contributions to the United States from enslaved Africans have been greatly portrayed in American culture. Varying from cuisine, to song and dance are not only portrayed today but it has a deep-rooted impact throughout the United States. During the middle passage, enslaved Africans were forced to abandon their everyday lives, their families and their homes and forced to adapt to a new lifestyle they knew nothing of. However, upon arrival into the New World, due to their prior knowledge and wisdom from back home, they were able to quickly adapt and custom themselves to this new lifestyle in order to survive with the hope of potentially one day returning back to Africa. Unfortunately, African contributions to the culture of the United States has received little to no recognition and it has been taken credit for by Europeans and Whites since the early establishment of the United States.
The African American Culture and Traditions A Research Study and Facts That Will Take Us Into What Makes This Culture So Unique.
“Cooning” was a TV show or Film usually they act like idiot behavior that misrepresents African American culture. I think idiot because that shows a deliberate act. Many people called “coons.” Yes, I saw some examples today’s culture some white people still discriminate black people. Some white people were enjoying it, and that seems to some people they insulted African- American behaves. African-American got angry. It was not fair at all that behavior. All are good examples.
Music is a creative art form that allows the artist to construct something that expresses a purpose. It evolves over time and changes as the world changes, taking on many different motivations behind the melody and lyrics. In today’s society, anger, oppression, racism, and negative opinions rule the media and popular culture. I believe that African Americans need to show their self worth and not let white people hold them back. With the music in white culture often mocking African American culture and portraying negative stereotypes, African Americans have to find ways to gain respect. In acknowledgement of the negative portrayal of their culture, African Americans respond by creating songs and videos that express their pride in their culture and heritage, react to white oppression, and communicate their independence.
The American culture is define to everyone in their own way. Everyone grows up differently in a particular community that shares the same languages, values, rules, and customs. The American Culture on that is consider to be a “melting pot”, because of all the different cultures that reside inside of it making it so diverse. Race in this country has never been a great topic throughout history. African Americans play a huge role into defining what our culture is as a whole, as well as being a part of racism for the past 250 years.
I have traveled all over the world but I have never been down South. Being from New York has also given me a very narrow perspective of African American culture. The purpose of this research project is to gain some understanding of Black culture specifically in the South. College has exposed me to a lot of people who were born and raised in the South and some of my closest friends are southerners. By researching the history, culture, and demographic information of the South, I plan on becoming a more well-informed American.
The genre of hip hop has a positioning in the African American identity because it has helped people to form connections and builds powerful statements with tunes, lyrics and ciphers. In the case of Dred Scott v Sandford (1856), in which a slave, sued for his freedom because his master had taken him to a free territory and believed it made him free slave. The Supreme Court ruled against Dred Scott. With this decision it was clear that a compromise would not be reached, and so war was the only resolution, this lead to the Civil War. In Dred Scott v Sandford case, the court ruling had a huge influence on politics also the 14th Amendment prohibited all violations of citizenship. The Civil War made a huge impact and equal civil rights to African Americans who had been liberated after the American Civil War.
Slaves would gather to sing and dance, and would create their own musical instruments using all sorts of materials, animal skins and bones. Drums, banjos, different flutes and pipes combined with the instruments of Europeans is an excellent example of acculturation and could very well serve in the very early history of the development of Jazz. A place called "Congo Square" in New Orleans highlights the importance of music tradition despite later attempts at restricting the gathering of slaves. Each nation had their own styles and types of
At this stage in the capstone process I have finalized my ideas regarding my topic and I am currently brainstorming pictures ideas that I could use for my project. Originally, I was focusing on black identity and primarily answering the question, "What does it mean to be Black?". Now my topic has shifted a bit and while I am still focusing on black identity I am not specifically and outrightly answering that question. I have also chosen my medium. Originally, I was leaning towards photography or videography, but I have decided upon printing.
What I observed growing up in the 70s was the all natural big afros or pressed hair styles, platform shoes and bell bottom pants and dashiki shirts was apart of my African-American culture. Shoes had to be shined, even sneakers had to be wipe clean and cloths had to be pressed before you was able to walk out the door. Growing up I had three different styles of clothes. I had church clothes, play clothes and schools clothes.
Although slavery was formally abolished in 1865, many African Americans were still treated quite unfairly and were not accepted as equals into the American society. White Americans during this era were seen as superior and possessed institutional power that no dark-skinned person could ever have. To surmount this inequality, those who were considered as ‘mulatto’ (of both Black and White racial identity) had the ability to ‘pass’ — in which a mulatto would be mistaken as White. Even with this ability, as generations go on, many African Americans lose their history. Families began to continue living a passing lifestyle, leaving individuals ignorant to their roots. They begin to lose their heritage and living the unknowing life of something that
The African American community has sat at the end of a discriminatory lens from the moment they set foot in the United States. For that reason, black communities have undergone the process of community building to ensure that all members feel a sense of belonging.
Reflecting on the interview questions and responses, I noticed the differences in the African American Culture versus the American Culture. It was a culture shock for me because I have always been in the United States, born and raised here, and not experienced the African American Culture in this manner. While listening to the unique stories and different experiences, my mind shifted into a state of listening rather than responding. I was always used to responding quickly, but now it was my turn to be quiet and let them answer. The variety of foods prepared at meal times sounded delicious. They grew everything natural, and most everything was fresh nothing added to it to preserve the item.