There is a crank dat for everything!

http://www.africanamericanchild.com/all-videos-p1

Visit the link above to check out our growing list of “crank dat” videos inspired by Souljah Boys song.

We will keep a list of all the “Crank Dat” songs and dance moves right here:

Crank dat souljah boy
Crank dat Roosevelt
Crank dat Ralphie
Crank dat Spiderman
Crank dat Grandpa
Crank dat Jumprope
Crank dat Lion King
Crank dat Roadrunner

Advertisers Diss Hot Ghetto Mess

Written by admin on September 1st, 2007 in Television.

Advertisers Pull from BET’s “Hot Ghetto Mess”
Just days after BET’s “July Jump-Off” summer season of programming began, the channel yet again found itself in trouble from the public for its programming. Certain advertisers – including State Farm and Home Depot, according to the Hollywood Reporter – ha…

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Eddie Johnson Wins With Soccer and Kansas City Wizards

Written by admin on September 1st, 2007 in Sports.

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For Johnson, Soccer becomes more than an escape…

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eddie Johnson walked through the door of the Cadillac dealership in crisp white clothes and dark tinted sunglasses. A small fortune in diamonds hung from his wrists and ears. The words “4 Real” were trimmed into his hair, a statement to his critics that he would be as big as he’d…

What’s All this Mess About Ebonics?

Written by admin on August 23rd, 2007 in Ebonics, Research.

Ebonics (also known as African American Vernacular English) is a readily distinguishable dialiet of American English. The term comes from combining of the words ebony and phonics.  Simililar to common Southern American English, the dialect is spoken in many African American communities in the United States, especially in urban areas. It has its origins in the culture of enslaved Americans and also has roots in England, mixed with elements of West African languages.A linguistics professor at Washington University created the term in 1973, then detailed it in his 1975 book, Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks[?].

Controversy

It was, briefly, a controversial topic in the United States, mainly over its linguistic status. Proponents of various bills across the country, most famously in a unanimously-passed proposition from the Oakland, California school board on December 18, 1996, desired to have Ebonics officially declared a language or dialect. Doing so would affect funding- and education-related issues. Other opinions on Ebonics range from it deserving official language status in the US, to it being dismissed in precepts consistent with racism, while many non-linguists doubt its status as a distinct language or dialect. Proponents of Ebonics-education believe that African-American students would perform better in school if textbooks and teachers acknowledged Ebonics as a different language or dialect from standard[?] American English. Most linguists and education-experts believe that it is easier to learn literacy skills in one’s native tongue and then transfer it to a different language or dialect. No proposal suggested actually teaching Ebonics; rather, teachers were encouraged to accept that some or all of their students have a non-standard dialect as their native tongue, and to teach standard English not by proscribing non-standard characteristics, but by treating the issue as a need for education in translation. Ebonics also clarified the speech of black students for teachers. For example, it showed that the dropping of the final -d or -t from past participles was not, as many educators had believed, a sign that black English avoided the simple perfect (since speakers of Ebonics use irregular preterites appropriately).

As a language develops, its use by isolated and diverging people also becomes isolated and divergent. “Ebonics” is largely based on the Southeastern American-English accent, an influence that has no doubt been reciprocal as the dialects diverged. The traits of Ebonics which separate it from standard English include: Changes in pronunciation along definable patterns, distinctive slang, as well as differences in the use of tenses. Some of the changes can be traced to common similarities among West African languages.

Sociologists, linguists and psychologists generally believe that it is common for oppressed people (as, for example, African slaves in the Americas) to adopt a radically different dialect from their oppressors. This is done to subtly rebel against the oppressor and his culture, and to differentiate themselves, as well as to foster pride among their community. Slaveholders, and white Americans of more recent years, generally considered the changes in speech to be due to inferior intelligence. While many aspects of Ebonics seem like simplifications of standard American English, there are unique aspects that help make Ebonics as complex as any other language or dialect.

Characteristics of Ebonics The most distinguishing feature of Ebonics is non-standard tense aspects, which can indicate the habitual nature of the performance of the verb. In standard American English, this can only be expressed using adverbs like usually.

  • The invariant use of be is used to describe a habitual action (e.g. He be eating rice, meaning he regularly/frequently/habitually eats rice); this may be derived from creole dialects which use does be similarly, common in Gullah, Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados. The word steady can also be added to form the present intensive habitual progressive (i.e. He be steady preaching, meaning He is often/habitually/usually preaching in an intensive, sustained manner).
  • BIN (a stressed form of standard been) is used as a marker indicating that the action was begun at some subjectively defined point in the past. (e.g. She BIN had that house, meaning She’s had that house for a long-time and still has it); this is called the present perfect progressive with remote inception. Speakers of standard American English often misinterpret this tense, believing that, in our example, the woman no longer has that house but used to have it.
  • A non-stressed bin indicates the present perfect progressive (i.e. He bin talking to her, meaning He has been talking to her).
  • Be done is used as a tense marker to indicate the conditional perfect, a future in the hypothetical past (e.g. Soon, he be done fixing the leak, meaning Soon, he will have fixed the leak)
  • The present progressive (He is running) drops the form of to be (He running)

In addition, negatives are formed differently from standard American English:

  • Multiple negations (e.g. I didn’t go nowhere) are common in Ebonics, but considered unacceptable in standard American English (see double negative)
  • The -s verb ending in the present tense third person singular is dropped (e.g. She write poetry)
  • If the subject is indefinite (e.g. nobody instead of Sally or he), it can be inverted with the negative qualifier (turning Nobody knows the answer to Don’t nobody know the answer, also adding multiple negation). This emphasizes the negative, and is not interrogative, as it would be in standard American English.

Other grammatical characteristics:

  • The -s ending indicating possession is usually dropped, with the genitive relying on adjacency. This is similar to many creole dialects throughout the Caribbean Sea.

Some of these characteristics, notably double negatives and the use of bin for has been are also characteristic of general colloquial American English.

See also:

External Links

a resolution from the Linguistic Society of America (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/ebonics.lsa) in support of the Oakland school board’s decision


Black Kids Rock Band

Written by admin on August 23rd, 2007 in Music.

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An interesting name for a rock band, they are called Black Kids.

They are from Jacksonville, Florida.

 Their myspace page is:  http://myspace.com/blackkidsrock

Band members are:

Owen Holmes
Kevin Snow
Dawn Watley
Ali Youngblood
Reggie Youngblood

CINCINNATI, March 14 A U.S. study has found African-American children with asthma are more susceptible to the toxic ingredients of tobacco smoke. The study, published in Chest, reports African-American children with asthma who are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke have greatly higher amounts of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in their bodies. Lead author Dr. Stephen Wilson of the University of Cincinnati and colleagues from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center examined 220 tobacco-exposed children with asthma who had previously participated in the Cincinnati Asthma Prevention study. All the children had physician-diagnosed asthma and were exposed to at least five cigarettes per day in or around the home, according to Wilson. African-American children may ‘handle’ environmental tobacco smoke differently than white children, so these results raise questions as to whether there are racial differences in other tobacco toxicants, as well, Wilson said in a statement.

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A mixed-race British mom gave birth to twins recently – one of each. Not a boy and a girl. Two girls – one black, the other white. The odds of such a birth are about a million to one, experts said. It was a shock when I realized that my twins were two different colors,” Kylie Hodgson, 19, told London’s Daily Mail. “But it doesn’t matter to us – they are just our two gorgeous little girls.”
When Kylie Hodgson gave birth to twin daughters by caesarean section, both her and partner Remi Horder were relieved that both had arrived safely.

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As the midwife handed over both girls for Kylie to hold she noticed a difference in their colour. Remee, who weighed 5lb 15oz, was blonde and fair skinned. Her sister Kian, born a minute later weighing 6lb, was much darker.

‘It was a shock when I realised that my twins were two different colours,’ said 19 year-old Kylie. ‘But it doesn’t matter to us – they are just our two gorgeous little girls.’

Both Kylie and partner Remi Horder, are mixed race and though it may be no surprise to many mixed-race families to have children of different shades, it is a much rarer occurrence in twins.

According to the Multiple Births Foundation, baby Kian must have inherited the black genes from both sides of the family, whilst Remee inherited the white ones. The odds against of a mixed race couple having twins of dramatically different colours are apparently a million to one.

The twins were born by caesarean in April last year because one of the girls was lying in an awkward position in the womb.

‘I didn’t see them at first,’ added their mother. ‘They were both whisked away to be checked over and then the midwife came back and placed them both in my arms.’ ‘I noticed that both of them had blue eyes,’ said Kylie, ‘but whilst Remee was blonde, Kian’s hair was black and she had darker skin. It seemed strange, but I was feeling so ill that I didn’t really take it in at that stage.’

The next day she mentioned the colour difference to her mother, who told her that Remee’s skin would darken as she grew older. But as the weeks passed, Remee became lighter still while Kian went darker. And while Remee’s eyes stayed blue, Kian’s turned brown.

‘There are some similarities between them,’ said Kylie. ‘They both love apples and grapes, and their favourite television programme is Teletubbies. If they haven’t seen each other for a few hours, they are so pleased to see each other and will hold out their arms, wanting to hug each other. And their smiles just light up their faces. I’ll explain it all to them when they get older about why they look so different.’

Some may argue that Remee and Kian are black and white but to those who know better they are just mixed-race twins.

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