Black Aesthetics

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There are various theories in Black or Africana Studies. An Africana study is a “critical and systematic” study of the African people. Under this consists of theories that are an explanation of facts that are acknowledged. Kawaida Philosophy is one of the main theories and it is also used as in a theoretical way and how it implies in the Africana Studies. Kawaida is a philosophy first developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, which focuses on evolving African thought and practice.
Black aesthetic can be defined in various ways. Hoyt Fuller, Larry Neal, Mari Evans, Haki Madhubuti, John Killens, Amiri Barka and many others discussed and defined the word “black aesthetic”. Neal posed
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The word aesthetic can be defined as the philosophical theory or the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty. In other words Black aesthetic can be defined as the natural black self or a connection with black cultural traditions. This is based on the mental demolition of the white culture and aesthetic. A black person wanting to look white is drowning in the deceit of propaganda. White people have used this tactic to spread and coagulate the public with their negativity and the degradation of how blacks appear to them. Whites see the Blacks as unpleasant, mediocre, inhuman and aberrant. What they do not know is that the Blacks are actually delightful, exceptional, civilized and …show more content…
Dutchman was about a man named Clay, an African American, who was lured by Lula, a White American. Lula ridiculed Clay stating that he was a black man trying to dress and act like a white man. He referred himself as a “Baudelaire” when talking about his college days, meaning that he though he was a “white” poet. So he was already decentered from the Black aesthetic long before Lula came in to his life. Clay felt that he had to "act white" in order to impress Lula. This is a perfect representation of a Black moving away from his or her

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