Embracing the beauty and diversity of African and African descendant peoples throughout the world
Up this morning thinking about the increase of cultural appropriation in the music and fashion industries. Their has been a lot of plagiarizing, thieving, and inauthenticity flooding the radio, TV, internet, and news stands lately and I’m starting to get sick. No, actually, I’ve been sick, tired, irritated, and angry all at the same damn time. Their is a very clear, distinct line between appreciation and appropriation. Our intellectual property is not a game and is not to betaken lightly. Our cultures, histories, ways of thinking, spiritualities, etc. are not to be played with, toyed with, embellished and packaged for profit.
Side Note: Black people have been and continue to be the most talented and innovative force within the music industry. Don’t forget it. Don’t let these people sell you something you’ve heard before, that you’ve done before, that you’ve created and mastered in a nicely wrapped white package.
"African Dances" by Ugandan artist: Gloria Ssali
- Igbo dance, Nigeria
- Reed dance, Swaziland
- Warba dance, Burkina Faso
- Bakiga dance, Uganda
- Kuduro dance, Angola
- Maasai dance, Kenya
- Quda dance, Eritrea
- Saharwi dance, Western Sahara
- San dance, Botswana
- Traditional dance, Central African Republic
Rest In Power J. California Cooper