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Oldham1 Janice Oldham Black Studies 1 Jesse Gillespie- Thurs 5pm 8 November 2007 The Crossroads of Black Culture and Expression Beginning with the time the first black person set foot on American soil , most likely bound in chains , the culture and society of blacks has been significant and unlike any other. The traditions of the African ancestors of the past have been integrated into the communities of black Americans and continue to evolve to future generations . Each turning point, or break, of the legacy of the black struggle for freedom can somehow be connected to the previous . Starting with the plantation and the era of slavery , leading up to the modern culture of rap and hip hop, there is always some element of continuity . When faced with oppression, the slaves were somehow able to turn the “whiteness” that was being forced on them , and uniquely create something of their own . This concept of “turning hegemony on its head” can be seen throughout the civil rights movement and is almost a staple in the analysis of black culture . In the writings of Robert Thompson and Clyde Woods , whose focus is around black art, both visual and musical , can in fact be connected the notion of how blacks integrated their African roots and heritage into the American way of living . In I’ve Got the Light of Freedom , a book on the freedom effort in Mississippi , specifically the struggle to gain political power, and the controversy of violence or nonviolence , is evidence to how blacks refused to give up in the face
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Oldham2 of white domination . Finally, in Tricia Rose’s, Black Noise , the entire hip hop movement demonstrates how the young minority generations developed their own way of expression and gratification when given little resources or support . In “The Blues Tradition of Explanation” , Clyde Woods discusses how black slaves on plantations created the blues in an attempt to survive despite the appearance of white supremacy and authority . The music provided an escape mechanism for which blacks could freely express themselves , when they were actually being suppressed in their working lives. Woods explains that “regional blocs” were ways in which people with a linked fate united together to create a more powerful organization to accumulate resources and gain control . Not only do these blocs fashion bigger numbers , but it provides a support system and an element of larger community. These alliances directly correspond to the second bloc , or the blues bloc, referring specifically to African Americans . Woods states that the plantation was a “site both of conflict and cultural formation” . Meaning the plantation life could almost be the source of the intellectual and artistic expressions of the present day black culture . The fact that the majority of the rural south in the slave era consisted of poor blacks
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course BL ST 1 taught by Professor Lipsitz during the Fall '07 term at UCSB.

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