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Hello Family,

I'm just wondering ... what's the difference between this forum and the PanAfrican forum?

Is there a difference?

Are both needed?

Please share your thoughts on this.

Thanks a Bunch.

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I the purpose of this forum is to show us from whence we came, and help us figure out where we are going next. The Pan-African forum, in my opinion, shows us how we relate to other countries/cultures of darker-hued people.

JMO!

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Sista Destee, this is a good question, and I will attempt to answer it without being too long winded... I think Sista Toylin gave a very good nutshell synopsis, and if might add to what she said, I would say that Culture is the all-encompassing essence of who a people are, why and how they do the things they do, what distinguishes us from one culture to the next....

For example, I presented an essay on the Talking Drum... To my knowledge, there is not another people on the planet who've evolved a musical instrument to such an extent... This should show us how important the drum is in our culture, yes, but it should also show us that it is not just a musical instrument in our culture... In the near future, I will be presenting some more information to that effect...

As I said, culture encompasses the gamut of activities which we engage in as a group, and as a society, so in the absence of a forum such as this, folk would naturally gravitate toward, for example, the Pan African Forum, or even the Sports and Entertainment forums, as those things are part of our culture, as well as, the general culture... What I want, personally, from the Culture forum is to show that it is, indeed, not stolen, but very much alive and disguised in many ways, because our ancestors had to think on their feet, in their efforts to keep those things African close to their busoms...

The other day, I was listening to the songs of the Cuban Santeria, and I realized something that I had not, heretofore, and that is from whence does the Call-and-Response come in African and African New World Culture??? It comes from participatory religious ceremony, where there is a lead caller, who leads the sacred chants, which are responded to, as if in conversation, by the audience of congregants. In essence, call-and-response in African song, or African conversation, is not some cute invention by African Americans, but is a common musical and oratorical trait of African people throughout the world... African people participate as a community in religious services, but also participate as a community at any event where we are gathered - including at the movie theatre(smile!)

Pan Africanism is much, much younger than African Culture(s), and is theoretically a movement designed to bring African peoples to a state of unity based on our commonalities. It does not encompass everything we DO, as does culture... It does not EXPLAIN what it is we do, or why it is we do it... It may point out that we do these things because we are African, but does not plumb the depths of whom we are, and why... One thing Pan Africanism does do, and I hope through an examination of culture we can give it some impetous and emphasis, is it seeks to bring us together as a global village, so to speak... I would hope that we can, through discussing the importance of our Culture, learn the importance of Pan Africanism...

Peace!
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Pan Africanism is much, much younger than African Culture(s), and is theoretically a movement designed to bring African peoples to a state of unity based on our commonalities. It does not encompass everything we DO, as does culture... It does not EXPLAIN what it is we do, or why it is we do it... It may point out that we do these things because we are African, but does not plumb the depths of whom we are, and why... One thing Pan Africanism does do, and I hope through an examination of culture we can give it some impetous and emphasis, is it seeks to bring us together as a global village, so to speak... I would hope that we can, through discussing the importance of our Culture, learn the importance of Pan Africanism.

Good answer brother Isaiah! I specifically had questions about why these thread topics belonged under culture, and could not fit under the umbrella of PanAfricanism. However you gave an excellent case for why this doesn't have to be. :thanks:
 

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Destee, What Do You Want From This Forum?

Thank you brother PanAfrica, I am pleased that you understand...

Now, Sista Destee... What I would like to know is what are your expectations for and from this forum? As culture is something we tend to do on a daily, and something which we do not often ask the "why?" about, it can seem unimportant... Asking oneself WHY African people talk the way we do, or why African males use elaborate handshakes, or why sistas crane their necks when they're making a particular point very plain, may not seem important at all, but understanding of oneself, I've learned, is integral to understanding others... Knowing our culture is important in demystifying it for others and for our children... Knowing our own culture also means others cannot distort and defame it in the way some of our own folks have done - as in purporting that the N word is Our culture... Garbage! From my vantage point, I want the young peops to read, and absorb, and feel comfortable within the context of their real selves, so I will presenting evidence of their Real Selves...

So many of our daily activities fall under the umbrella of culture...
Education/Music/Relgion/Song/Dance/Cuisine/Speech & Communications... Culture determines how Walter Moseley, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, and Spike Lee will write their books, plays, and films, and whom they'll seek as an audience for their art... Culuture has determined why each and every last one of us who are of African Descent, and have made a decision to post to this discussion board, as opposed to one which does not feature the things common to discourse in the African community...

Oh, yeah, peops, my grandmother made some blankets for the grandchildren in the 1950's, using African quilting patterns... My sister told me recently that those blankets are worth in the thousands of dollars... Why??? Because it is a dying art... The old folks tried to teach the young folks, but Macy's and Sach's 5th Avenue came a calling... No more blankets with the African patterns... That is how culture is lost, because folk don't think it is important enough to preserve... Hopefully this studying of our culture will render it greater in importance to us, and maybe we can get about the business of preserving it when we understand its importance... You see, Destee, you aint gonna find pieces on African Quilting and Cuisine on no Pan African Forum(smile!)

Peace!
Isaiah
 

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