In that tradition, the Black Earth Ensemble mingles Afrocentrism
with an ambivalence to genre, and delivers messages of empowerment with an activist's audacity.
presented one extreme interpretation of racial identity that undermined conciliatory visions of a post-ethnic America.
He advances Afrocentrism
as an inclusive philosophical perspective to resist the systems of patriarchy, sexism, and marginalization.
This collection turns its attention to the Nigerian diaspora, and explores Nollywood dramas as popular culture outside Nigeria, as models for local production in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, and as inspiration for an Afrocentrism
from below in far-flung parts of the world.
The rise of Afrocentrism
in the 1980s and 1990s presented another attempt to "return to Africa" in intellectual spaces to address achievement gaps and socio-educational isolation by creating alternative curricula for black students.
This entropic polyvalence accommodates contradiction, overdetermination, irony: It accommodates the Blackness of Ramses II (pointed to by Afrocentrists as Black, though he lived long before Blackness had been invented) and the Blackness of Beethoven (whom Hitler lauded as a paragon of Aryan excellence, little imagining Beethoven's Black ancestry); it puts these contradictory forms of Blackness into proximity and ironic relation, and reveals new connections between the discourses of Afrocentrism
is a state of mind, a particular subconscious mind-set that is rooted in the ancestral heritage and communal value system.
The one that we found most difficult to situate was Afrocentrism
The notion of designing African history speaks about agency, the ability to reject European distortions and promote Afrocentrism
More specifically, researchers have proposed that Afrocentrism
may be associated with: (a) an awareness and recognition of a collective African identity and heritage, (b) a general ideology and activity priorities placed on African survival and liberation, (c) specific activity (such as self-knowledge, African centered values, etc.
6) In reaction to the false universalism of Western philosophy, proponents of Afrocentrism
(the American cousins of African ethnophilosophy) such as Molefi Asante and Marimba Ani have argued along these lines.
So you then embrace afrocentrism
to make blacks feel better, Latino studies to make Hispanics feel better, and women's studies to make women feel better.