Black Vernacular

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Noun1.Black Vernacular - a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
American English, American language, American - the English language as used in the United States
gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
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In Hart's view, Mullen's success with diverse audiences contrasts with Tolson's reception, in that he was stigmatized by some blacks and whites for espousing a high-modernist style ("out-Pounding Pound") instead of promoting a black vernacular aesthetic.
The other half was lost in the scientific jargon of cells and cell culture, the halting English of the researcher, and Day's deep-Southern black vernacular.
She is viewed by some blacks as the quintessential Mammy because she often cries with her mostly white audience, shares "African American communal knowledge," and teaches white women black vernacular.
Fettered Genius argues that formalist poetry by African Americans has been neglected in favor of poems written in the black vernacular and informed by traditions of blues and jazz rather than of the sonnet or modernist poetics.
Scholars of American studies and related disciplines consider such topics as African Americans, American artifactual culture, and Black vernacular technological creativity; pulp thrillers, the telephone and action at a distance in the wiring of a nation; and body mechanics and streamlining in the US 1925-50.
In 176 stanzas, a flexible rime royal, we are taken to places all over the world--vacations, writing retreats, academic conferences, family gatherings--without ever leaving the head of a man represented to us in a conversational prosody that is one of the best contemporary examples of the multi-tiered tradition of Wordsworth, Auden, Whitman, Frost, and our black vernacular poets.
Not surprisingly, Warren criticizes some of the black vernacular critics for overemphasizing culture; more subtly, he suggests that Henry Louis Gates's poststructuralist emphasis on the vernacular is surprisingly reminiscent of early twentieth-century depictions of blacks as excelling in artistic expression by showing some similarities between Gates's argument and that of Chicago School sociologist Robert Park.
The eloquent black man reciting the party line to a whole new block of voters, but getting all that black vernacular rehearsed out of him.
hooks argues that the documentation of black vernacular architecture and landscape design is "absolutely essential, because in today's world we are led to believe that lack of material privilege means that one can have no meaningful constructive engagement with one's living space and certainly no relationship to aesthetics" (p.
For the most part, the aesthetic elevation of white British ballads marginalized black vernacular music, with the Child/Sharp definition of 'authentic' folk music remaining dominant into the 1920s.
Williams (1991), using videotaped recordings of simulated employment interviews, found that speakers of Black Vernacular English were rated less employable as sales representatives, supervisors, and file clerks.
Here, as elsewhere, Sanders complements and challenges black vernacular literary theory with recent revisionist histories of an internally riven aesthetic modernism, for his book aims to demonstrate how Brown's verse reshapes grand, temporally sweeping concerns--"black being" and "the prevailing discourses defining American culture"--in the sometimes brutally fractured historical context of modernist culture.