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  • Jumping The Broom
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    1. Broom jumping has become one of the most popular African traditions at weddings-traditional and African-centered. According to Harriet Cole in her book, "Jumping the Broom". The ritual itself was created by our ancestors during slavery. Because slaves could not legally marry, they created their own rituals to honor their unions. Some say broom jumping comes from an African tribal marriage ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home. 2. The jumping of the broom is...
  • New Young Culture
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    The Roaring 20's the post war changes were economic first, because the factories had to change again there was not a demand for war goods and returning vets faced unemployment. Now those who had jobs like women and African Americans lost their jobs. In Russia, the Russian revolution had started and the red scare began also. The change after war was a very social thing. The start of communism had come about. This idea of communism gave hope to the weary Russians. The red scare was the fear of com...
  • Westernized And The Yuroba Culture
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    ... turn which sets her a part from the English society. Nyasha on the other hand, was never taught her culture and origins thus this forms a large gap within her and her inability to speak Shona. Nyasha can be seen as the opposite of Tambudza. Tambudza deals with the situation by constantly clinging to her African heritage. In contrast, Nyasha seems to willingly accept the English culture. But Nyasha also questions both cultures and also tries to make her own judgement's on what is good and bad...
  • African American Students On Their Campus
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    Paper presentation at Stanford University " Multiculturalism and Institutions " Spring 1991 Tawn Armenia Wins GROWING UP BLACK As Molly pointed out, culture is not limited to ethnicity. However, in the school environment, ethnicity should be validated and explored in a positive manner. I taught a junior English class at Casa Grande High school in Petaluma, Sonoma County. The student population is predominately European Anglo-Saxon, with less than 1% of students of color. As a graduate of Casa Gr...
  • African Gourmet Food And Wine
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    This paper will compare and contrast the different eating habits and examine the cultural dining of West Africa to East Africa. Africans like most of the world outside of American and London aren't fanatical on fast food even though it is becoming more popular most people eat at home or at relatives or friends home. Even Africans living outside of Africa love to cook rather than dine out in most cases. This report was based on interviews from Africans who grew up in traditional African homes in ...
  • Languages In Africa
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    Culture is the sum total of the behaviour al practices of a group of people. Culture includes art, music, dressing, food etc. Farming and hunting are some of the more prominent occupations in Africa. This is not to undermine the existence of the other occupation such as medicine, law pharmacy, interior decoration and so on. There are many languages in Africa such as Yoruba, Igbo, Swahili, Arabic, and so on. The languages of different parts of Africa could be influenced by the ex-colonies of that...
  • Most Famous Tricksters And Child Heroes
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    Image of Child Heros The image of a child hero or "trickster" is seen in many cultures. This kind of role can tell a lot about how a culture acts and reacts to things. The idea of the child hero in stories written and told before the birth of Christ probably reflect the peoples beliefs that the child is the future, and therefore carries some sort of power or gift. For stories that were written after the birth of Christ, the child could reflect the idea stated above, or it could also be the peopl...
  • Their Culture As Waris
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    DESERT FLOWERWaris D irie was born into a family of nomads in a Somalian desert. Growing up, she was privileged to run free with nature's most majestic animals, and learned a respect for nature that many of us as Americans could never fathom. However, these thrills are just on the surface of what life is really like for African women. She suffered through intense traditional mutilation in her childhood, and endless hours of hard labor in the fields everyday. At the age of 13, she ran away to esc...
  • Cross Racial Cultural Identification In Inada's Writing
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    Juliana Chang While jazz and blues rhythms and aesthetics have been used by a number of Asian American poets, Inada's poetry stands out in its consistency and depth of engagement with jazz. Inada himself cites jazz as the strongest influence on his writing. His collection Before the War: Poems as They Happened (1971) begins with a whimsical portrait of a Japanese American figure playing "air bass"; it includes tributes to jazz musicians and singers such as Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Billi...
  • Cultural Theorist In The African American Community
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    The Coldest Winter Ever Born Lisa Williamson in 1964, Sister Souljah is a hip-hop artist that burst to the forefront of mainstream media in 1992 when she was criticized by then Presidential candidate Bill Clinton for saying "If Black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" Clinton was trying to prove to other Democrats that he did not sympathize with the organization that Souljah was a member of. She basically said Bill Clinton and went on to sign music an...
  • African Roots Of African American Culture
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    African Americans searching for the African roots of their culture should begin by understanding that only about five percent of between 11 and 12 million enslaved Africans were brought to North America or to the United States. Approximately 95 percent of the people exported from Africa were sold to "tropical America", the Caribbean basin. Most of these exported Africans were taken from West and West-Central Africa. The majority, perhaps more than 40 percent, came from West-Central Africa, the C...
  • Ngugi And Other African Writers
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    The colonization of Africa enforced peoples of different cultures, who had lived practically separate, and who probably fought wars against each other, to accept the same political boundaries, common citizenship, one national name and a unified administration. It is a fundamental fact that the process of colonization overwhelms the whole culture of the society it possesses, inevitably leading to a hybridization of that culture. This not only applies to countries on the African continent, but all...
  • Dinesen's Africa
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    A VIEW OF AFRICA An analysis of the view of Africa from Ahebe's "Things Fall Apart" and Dinesen's "Out of Africa". Africa in the mist of colonization became a land of great mysteries. A land that had marvelous landscapes and view from points so far up as if you were viewing the world from heavens. A land filled with lush foliage, and unlimited variety of animals, natural resources yet untouched from the hand of industrialization. Africa was wild country, or was it? Africa was simply a continent ...
  • African American Culture And The Hispanic Culture
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    Comparing and Contrasting the African American and the Hispanic American Cultures The majority of the Hispanic American culture came to America looking for a better life and a better chance at making a living for their families. So the Hispanic came to America looking for hard work and more money. From the culture being so different and poor this made them the lower class. This also made it harder for Hispanics to get a good education and hard to get jobs. In a different aspect facts show that t...
  • Elements Of African Culture
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    The African Diaspora in the New World The study of cultures in the African Diaspora is relatively young. Slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade brought numerous Africans, under forced and brutal conditions, to the New World. Of particular interest to many recent historians and Africanisms is the extent to which Africans were able to transfer, retain, modify or transform their cultures under the conditions of their new environments. Three main schools of thought have emerged in scholarly disc...
  • African Culture
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    After attending several exhibits on Africa and its culture I picked one that I found most interesting. Built around 15 B.C. the Temple of Dendur was built as a shrine to the goddess Isis. Facing flooding issues from the Nile River it was given to the United States and rebuilt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Standing as it did back in Egypt to some reasonable scale, the site is one of grand status. Upon entering the exhibit the first thing to catch my eye was the wall of glass all along the ri...

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