African-American Culture by Darice Bailer

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In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun was performed on Broadway in New York. It was the first time a play by an African-American woman had been performed there. 38 In the play, an African-American family living in Chicago is trying to improve their lives. The family wants to move out of their apartment and buy a house. But white people do not want them living next door. In 1961 the play became a movie. People around the country got to see a true example of African-American life.

Guidance? I never had that, streets was my second home Welcomed me with open arms provided a place to crash at A place to study math at, matter of fact, I learned it all Source: Jay Z. American Gangster. Rock-A-Fella Records, 2007. CD. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac When I was young, me and my mama had beef Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets . . Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool With the big boys breaking all the rules Source: 2Pac. Me Against the World. Interscope Records, 1995.

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