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Centered or focused on Africa or African peoples, especially in relation to historical or cultural influence: "a string of small black-owned art galleries in Los Angeles's Afrocentric cultural district" (Kristal Brent Zook).

Af′ro·cen′trism n.
Af′ro·cen′trist adj. & n.
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(ˌæf roʊˈsɛn trɪk)
centered on Africa or on African-derived cultures, as those of Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti: Afrocentric art.
Af`ro•cen′trism, n.
Af`ro•cen′trist, n.
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Germeshuys tries to figure out to what extent Okpewho's work "validate[s] the Afrocentrist reclamation of African history and culture" (Germeshuys 2), which is, according to him, the main focus of the novel.
An early Afrocentrist, Forten's lessons uplifted her students' spirits by providing them with a sense of racial and ethnic pride.
Nevertheless, by expanding on the Afrocentrist concept of "same-gender loving," which emphasizes the diversity of sexual practices among black people and the potential for interracial same-sex relationships, Melancon makes a useful intervention.
An Afrocentrist definition of matriarchy is critical in the understanding of African feminisms and suggests shared power in a society in which women and men are viewed as equally different as opposed to merely equal.
Even more disturbing is the author's reliance on the work of noted Afrocentrist scholars to support her contention that West African mosque architecture originated in Egypt.
North American and European researchers working in fields such as women's studies, political science, sociology, literature, cultural studies, communication studies, anthropology, and philosophy tackle various areas, beginning with theorizing and expanding on issues that have shaped the field, such as Afrocentrist and postmodernist discourses on blackness and disability studies in multicultural studies.
She concludes that "ultimately [womanists] will adopt Afrocentrist ideas and strategies insofar as they heal us, take us back to old landmarks, empower us to lead and guide others to liberation, and help us to build a compassionate world.
(14.) Leroy Clarke, a Trinidadian painter, and the country's most high-profile Afrocentrist (he dresses in African garb, he acquired the title of African Chief, and is regularly seen in public via newspaper and television stories) in 2008 proclaimed himself a "Master" and was feted for a month by the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago, the Trinidad & Tobago Commission for UNESCO, the National Library, and UWI academics.
Thanks to a tooth fragment stored in her mummified liver, not to mention CAT scans and 3-D computer modeling, Pharaoh Hatshepsut--history's first great drag king--has finally been found, Before the Discovery Channel produced a documentary (Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen) on this achievement, if you'd ever heard of Hatshepsut, you were either an Egyptologist, an ancient history geek, a Civilization IV player or possibly an Afrocentrist who claimed her as a black historical figure.
The Afrocentrist would argue that there is a misappropriation of culture that leads to poor cultural esteem but has nothing to do with the arguments for or against self-esteem issues.
(1) In the United States, an influential strain of the revivalist approach can be found in the work of Afrocentrist writers such as Molefi Asante.
Music and lyrics from their six CDs from 2001 to the present, especially from BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo (from which PostPomoHomo identity is based), demonstrate that their political right is not focused on a particular identity group, but addresses the needs and concerns of many social identities, among African Americans, LGBTQ communities, and many others throughout the world, described in Juba's comments below: All of the songs on BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo reflect the space that we were in around trying to create an album that spoke to our varied experiences as African "diasporics": gay, bisexual, and later transgender, rural, urban, suburban, poor, middle class, post-grad, mixed race, Afrocentrist, HIV-positive, parent, etc., and still make a record that actually held together.