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Old 05-31-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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That person must have not watched television for the past 40 years, because AA culture is constantly represented and respected.
It is sometimes represented, sometimes respected....but also sometimes distorted and trivialized.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:08 AM
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It is sometimes represented, sometimes respected....but also sometimes distorted and trivialized.
Same can be said for all races and ethnicities.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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Same can be said for all races and ethnicities.
Dunno about all, but certainly many.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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That is a very big question and can be answered based on the region, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.

Its the celebration of Juneteenth
Its jazz
Its second lining
Its blackeyed peas on New Years Day
Its afrosheen and fist afropick
Its the AKA cotillion
Its the quiet storm and the grown & sexy
Its collard greens and cornbread
Its hands raised in praise of God
Its double dutch in the streets
Its church ladies in glorious hats with matching suits
Its Texas barbeque or a Lousiana crawfish boil or Maryland crabcakes
Its New Jack swing
Its Oscar Micheaux
Its gumbo

Black American culture is infinite in its description
I LOVE this.

And this can absolutely tie in with genealogy. (Which grandma attended cotillion, churches the family belonged to, etc.)

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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African-American culture is one that was essentially born out survival. Surviving in an incredibly hostile environment by creating a welcoming environment of our own.It is acknowledging each others humanity and presence when our fellow Americans choose to ignore. African-Americans are individuals, and yet at the same time, we view ourselves in a collective sense because of what we have experienced and are still experiencing in this country. African-American culture has historically been a culture of strong families, and education. At one time it was against the law for Black men and women to marry each other. It was also against the law for Black men, women, and children to learn how to read, or go to school. After the end of slavery, men and women made it a priority to get married, learn how to read, and build schools for adults and children. Strong marriages,families, and the pursuit of education were always top priorities in African-American culture.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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African-American culture is one that was essentially born out survival. Surviving in an incredibly hostile environment by creating a welcoming environment of our own.It is acknowledging each others humanity and presence when our fellow Americans choose to ignore. African-Americans are individuals, and yet at the same time, we view ourselves in a collective sense because of what we have experienced and are still experiencing in this country. African-American culture has historically been a culture of strong families, and education. At one time it was against the law for Black men and women to marry each other. It was also against the law for Black men, women, and children to learn how to read, or go to school. After the end of slavery, men and women made it a priority to get married, learn how to read, and build schools for adults and children. Strong marriages,families, and the pursuit of education were always top priorities in African-American culture.
I love this response. My feeling is that African-American culture has a lot to do with the family bonds that were created as a means to survive the hostility that you point out in your response. This extends beyond blood relatives, in many instances, to other people in the community. This lamenting over the loss of African American culture can be the feeling that these bonds are being compromised as what has been known as the physical African American community in many cities throughout the country disappear due to gentrification and mortgage defaults.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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Default African American Culture

There are so many avenues to find out more about African American Culture. Just look to African American Magazines, movies, Google sites.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:42 AM
 
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We don't have a culture , at least to me we don't .
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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We don't have a culture , at least to me we don't .
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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It is difficult to define black culture because culture is dynamic and constantly changing. Culture is how we utilize our society and environment. In Kenneth Stampp's book, 'The Peculiar Institution," He defined black culture as a culture of resistance. By that he meant what was perceived a lazy by slave owners was resistance by workers. Slaves knew that you could be worked literally to death so part of the culture was to resist the practise of over working people. Another ground breaking book was "The Other America." Micheal Harrington writes that what he saw a toughness in some black kids was not toughness at all. Black kids who didn't go home for lunch or wear coats and mittens in the winter were not toughing it out but they were poor and had no lurch to go home to or warm coats to wear.

Soul food a well known aspect of black culture is a way to utilize our environment. Most of the staples of soul food use to be cheap and plentiful. Collard greens can be grown in your backyard practically year round in most parts of the country and many discarded parts of the animal became part of the diet. At one time even the Brisket was discarded because it had too much fat on it.

So much of Black culture is now part of mainstream American culture its hard to find things that are only found in black culture that are not part of the mainstream. IMO Two of the universals in black culture is self identity and independence. Another distinguishing aspect of Black culture is that blending in to mainstream American culture is not a priority.
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