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    should be viewed as a starting point for understanding the African-American. (Akbar)" We must realize the legacy that slavery has left on our mental state and change our behavior accordingly. We must rebuild our culture from the ground up. Learning to celebrate ourselves and unite with one another to become stronger than we ever were, this is the only way to ensure the longevity of the black culture in America. “The problem that has been created for the Euro-American mind...Is rooted in this idea that made him believe that he was a Caucasian image that he identified as god. (Akbar)” We must no longer bow down to an associate the white race with divinity. Stop participating in the religions that were created to keep us down, but instead embrace a religion that empowers us. “Christianity handicapped the productivity of non-white people. (Akbar)” Creates a feeling of inferiority, when you associate the god that you worship with someone who is not your own. It is difficult for us to think differently and…

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    The pressure to fit in and conform to modern day European beauty ideals can be a lot to deal with for African American women of all ages. So much so that women everywhere who are not satisfied with their hair texture, because it is not socially accepted, go to get their hair chemically relaxed. Chemically relaxing naturally kinky hair is nothing new to black culture and is often seen as normal. The problem with this is that the chemicals used in these products can cause all types of burns and…

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    Universal Language Music was there for me. Music has always been there for me. When I needed someone the most, it was there to fill the void. In the dark, when I couldn’t see myself or the people in front of me, music was the light. Living with mom in such a hazy world and in a literal sense, I don’t remember half of it. I only remember feeling so lost and empty. But I feel complete around music and people involved in music. Almost as if they are closer to family then kin-blood itself.…

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    According to CDC Center of Disease Control nearly 70 million American adults are suffering from hypertension. According to mayo clinic staff Hypertension is condition where the force of the blood against the artery walls is high enough, which could cause health complications such as heart diseases. Blood pressure is measured by the amount of blood the heart pumps and the amount of resistance of blood flow in your arteries. The more blood the heart pumps and the narrower the arteries get, the…

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    black-eyed peas and other related meals ensures a prosperous new year ahead in my family. However, black-eyed peas was in fact fed to enslaved africans to help them survive and sustain their fearsome voyage. Black-eyed peas symbolizes a form of luck. Correspondingly, I discovered the “Rice Culture” in the United States was based on the expertise from the people of Sierra Leone on West Africa’s “Grain Coast.” In addition, I learned that in certain African cultures the name Kwaku means "born on a…

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    The Use of Media and the African American Culture A rhetorical trend is emerging in cases of police violence and corruption. Across the country, police are arresting, assaulting, and killing women and men without cause. Police officers take advantage of how much power they have over citizens, specifically African Americans. In other words, it is determined that police are committing serious offenses, but because of an unjust application of the law, they are completely let off. Families are let…

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    It took sixteen years for me to become racially aware. While my mom did her best to make sure I was well-versed in both social justice issues and my African-American heritage, I didn't completely acknowledge, accept, or understand cultural differences—black culture in particular. I lived the majority of my life in Moreno Valley, a city primarily composed of minorities, never having been exposed to white privilege or minority disadvantage. Moreover, a good portion of the kids I've met are, what…

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    oneself within a culture to find out who they are as human beings and how they feel about themselves in society and how they feel about law enforcement. Through new personal experiences, interviews, books, and online research I have expanded my knowledge of customs, traditions, and practices unfamiliar to me. My partner and I decided to choose the African American Culture. Although the African American culture is not new; it is a huge identity group that is still struggling in society today…

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    Katherine Dunham was the first choreographer to integrate African American dance with modern dance highlighting the importance of African American culture. She showed the world just how beautiful African American heritage is, but did not stop there. Katherine Dunham influenced the African American culture by fighting her way into the dance community, by developing ethnographic research, and by empowering her Illinois community through the art and outlet of dance. “As an artist, educator,…

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    For a number of reasons, culture is significant to a variety of ethnicities all around the world. When people think about culture they tend to think of traditions, values, and beliefs. We often gain a sense of knowledge about culture from our family, friends, the education system, and media. Thanks to the many forms of communication surrounding us, it is almost impossible for people in a certain culture to be unaware of cultures outside of their own. When learning about other cultures an…

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