The Effects Of Media On African Americans And Their Culture Essay

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When it comes to looking at media, it is very obvious how powerful it is. What I mean by this is how it has the power to reaffirm and even challenge certain ideas or major issues occurring in today’s world. Not only is the media this powerful but so many cultural texts. Cultural texts include things such as books, films, songs, and even paintings. There are several cultural texts already created in the world that address things such as culture and race. Some examples of these could include those involved in the rap group N.W.A. as well as a rapper named Kendrick Lamar. In Lamar’s songs “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry,” both of which are from his most recent album To Pimp A Butterfly, he says things that not only reaffirm but also challenge the racial discrimination towards African-Americans and their culture through his use of certain lyrics.
To understand how Kendrick Lamar reaffirms and challenges the discrimination towards African-Americans and their culture, one has to know how cultures is defined. According to Dictionary.com, culture is defined as “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.” By understanding this, it makes it easier to understand what Lamar is referring to when he talks about “his” culture, which is black culture. In addition to understanding culture, it is also important to understand the racial discrimination he discussed throughout his song, “The Blacker The Berry.” The problem with this is how a lot…

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