38 Facts About African-American culture


African-American culture refers to the contributions of African Americans to the culture of the United States, either as part of or distinct from mainstream American culture.

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The African-American culture is both distinct and enormously influential on American and global worldwide African-American culture as a whole.

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African-American culture is a blend between the native African cultures of West Africa and Central Africa and the European culture that has influenced and modified its development in the American South.

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African-American identity was established during the period of slavery, producing a dynamic culture that has had and continues to have a profound impact on American culture as a whole, as well as that of the broader world.

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The greatest influence of African cultural practices on European African-American culture is found below the Mason-Dixon line in the American South.

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Many years African-American culture developed separately from American culture, due to enslavement, racial discrimination, and the persistence of African-Americans to make and maintain their own traditions.

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Today, African-American culture has influenced American culture and yet still remains a distinct cultural body.

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African-American culture is influenced by the culture of the Southern United States.

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In turn, African-American culture has had a pervasive, transformative impact on many elements of mainstream American culture.

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The urban and radically different spaces in which black African-American culture was being produced raised fears in anthropologists and sociologists that the southern African American folk aspect of black popular African-American culture were at risk of being lost in history.

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Spoken-word artists employ the same techniques as African-American culture preachers including movement, rhythm, and audience participation.

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African-American culture music is rooted in the typically polyrhythmic music of the ethnic groups of Africa, specifically those in the Western, Sahelean, and Central and Southern regions.

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The African pedigree of African-American culture music is evident in some common elements: call and response, syncopation, percussion, improvisation, swung notes, blue notes, the use of falsetto, melisma, and complex multi-part harmony.

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Many African-American culture children are taught the song at school, church or by their families.

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African-American culture music has experienced far more widespread acceptance in American popular music in the 21st century than ever before.

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African-American dance, like other aspects of African-American culture, finds its earliest roots in the dances of the hundreds of African ethnic groups that made up the enslaved African population in the Americas as well as in traditional folk dances from Europe.

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Contemporary African-American culture dance is descended from these earlier forms and draws influence from African and Caribbean dance forms.

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From its early origins in slave communities, through the end of the 20th century, African-American culture art has made a vital contribution to the art of the United States.

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Donaldson and a group of African-American culture artists formed the Afrocentric collective AfriCOBRA, which remains in existence today.

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Notable contemporary African-American artists include Willie Cole, David Hammons, Eugene J Martin, Mose Tolliver, Reynold Ruffins, the late William Tolliver, and Kara Walker.

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African-American culture literature has its roots in the oral traditions of African slaves in America.

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African-American culture Vernacular English is a variety of the American English language closely associated with the speech of, but not exclusive to, African Americans.

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African-American culture hair is typically composed of coiled curls, which range from tight to wavy.

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The preference for facial hair among African-American culture men is due partly to personal taste, but because they are more prone than other ethnic groups to develop a condition known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly referred to as razor bumps, many prefer not to shave.

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Religious institutions of African-American culture Christians are commonly and collectively referred to as the black church.

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African-American culture churches taught the belief that all people were equal in God's eyes and they believed that the doctrine of obedience to one's master which was taught in white churches was hypocritical – yet they accepted and propagated internal hierarchies and supported the corporal punishment of children among other things.

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Several predominantly African-American culture churches exist as members of predominantly white denominations.

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African-American culture churches have served to provide African-American culture people with leadership positions and opportunities to organize that were denied in mainstream American society.

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African-American culture foods reflect creative responses to racial and economic oppression and poverty.

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Holidays observed in African-American culture are not only observed by African Americans but are widely considered American holidays.

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African-American culture names have origins in many languages including French, Latin, English, Arabic, and African languages.

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Immediately after slavery, African-American culture families struggled to reunite and rebuild what had been taken.

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Some within the African-American culture community take a different position, notably the late Coretta Scott King and the Reverend Al Sharpton.

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African-American culture neighborhoods are types of ethnic enclaves found in many cities in the United States.

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The formation of African-American culture neighborhoods is closely linked to the history of segregation in the United States, either through formal laws, or as a product of social norms.

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Many affluent African-American culture communities exist today, including the following: Woodmore, Maryland; Hillcrest, Rockland County, New York; Redan and Cascade Heights, Georgia; Mitchellville, Maryland; Converse, Texas, Missouri City, Texas; Desoto, Texas; Quinby, South Carolina; Forest Park, Oklahoma; and Mount Airy, Pennsylvania.

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The African-American culture ghettos did not always contain dilapidated houses and deteriorating projects, nor were all of its residents poverty-stricken.

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Many African-American culture neighborhoods are located in inner cities, and these are the mostly residential neighborhoods located closest to the central business district.

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