Afrocentric Visions: Studies in Culture and Communication by Janice Hamlet

By Janice Hamlet

During this well timed quantity, editor Janice D Hamlet has selected essays which remove darkness from quite a few points of African American tradition, refracted in the course of the lens of Afrocentric suggestion. The publication examines: Afrocentric ideology and method; Afrocentric methods to the dynamics of conversation; the Afrocentric impression at the black aesthetic, with an exam of language, literature, oral culture, videos and tv; and the way forward for Afrocentric visions.

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Rather, the writer’s assertions and observations about the philosophical underpinnings of Afrocentricity are a result of having for a number of years read, reflected and acted on the fundamental idea that the Afrocentric philosophy ought to structure any discussion of African people. This chapter originally appeared as an article in Western Journul ofalack Srudies (Vol. 16, No. 3, 1992, pp. Copyright 0 1992 WashingtonState University Press. Reprinted with permission. 15 16 THE AFROCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE This chapter has three related sections.

This does not prevent Afrocentric scholars from generating technical knowledge. The development and testing of Afrocentric generated theories is a necessary pursuit of Afrocentric scholars. Especially during this present historical period the importance of generating technical knowledge that empowers cannot be overstated. Wade Nobles’ (1985) Africanity theory is an example of how technical knowledge can empower. Nobles’ basic assumption, which comes from Afrocentrism and the Afrocentric Method 37 past ‘Afrocentric” empirical and theoretical work, is that there is a continuity between African and African American cultural forms.

8. See my review of Shelby Sreele’s The Content of Our Character in Word and also my review of Reflections on An Affirmative Action Baby in the Spring 1992 issue of Word. 9. This essay can be found in Reconstructing Kemetic Culture, Papers, Perspectives, Projects, edited by Maulana Karenga. (Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press, 1990), pp. 99-114. 10. Wade K Nobles, ‘Ancient African Thought and the Development of African (Black) Psychology,” in Kemet and the Aftican Worldview, edited by Maulana Karenga and Jacob H.

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