Black American Culture Essay

1765 Words Jun 26th, 2012 8 Pages
Black American Culture Marilyn Blunt Cultural Anthropology
Mrs. Tristan Marble September 10, 2008

Inmy research paper I will be defining African American Culture and I also will be discussing things such as slavery, family relations, hairstyles, art forms, food, heath issues, symbolism, traditional beliefs and also why this topic is relevant to today culture and how this information can benefit Black American in today society. African American Culture in the United States refer to the cultural contributions of African ethnic groups to the culture of the United States, either as part of or distinct from American Culture. African
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Hair braids are sported by many who wish to make then look hip and look cool. Tight ponytails are and African American hairstyle which make a mark because of the tight curls. These curls are style different in order to create various hairstyles. Curly hair is often styles in ponytails. Crimped hair is very common and are tied up into ponytails or even left loose. All the braids are pulled towards the back of the head and wrapped in a satin scarf. Dreadlocks: have significant stories linked to them and have different meaning for many people. Dreadlocks are coils of hair that are interlocked and then form on there own. Dreadlocks rose in popularity with reggae music reaching new height. The Jheri Curl because very popular among the African American people. Jheri was given because the creator of this hairstyle was named Jheri Redding. This look was sporting a glossy look with loads of curls. There is certain chemical use with this hairstyle. There was certain African clothing wore such as dashiki. The African American aesthetic encourages personal pride and political awareness. Some of the song was lift every voice and sing in addition to The Star Spangled Banner. This song was written by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900, to be performed for the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the song was, and continues to be popular way for African Americans to recall past struggles and express ethnic solidarity, faith, and hope for the