The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring

Am I a Man?: A Literature Review Engaging the Sociohistorical Dynamics of Black Manhood in the United States
Abstract The status and meaning of Black manhood in the United States is a subject matter that should constantly be revisited, examined, and defined because it is out of this framework that Black males construct their behavior and relationships...
A Study of the Contemporary Racial Attitudes of Whites and African Americans
Abstract Opinions, assumptions, myths and ideologically constructed perspectives on the nature of contemporary American race relations seldom rest upon and are seldom tested against empirical facts. As a partial corrective, this study explored the...
Black Student Athletes at Predominantly White National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Institutions and the Pattern of Oscillating Migrant Laborers
Abstract This study looks at the similarities that exist between Black student athletes and oscillating migrant laborers. The similarities they share are: both groups rotate between communities and work locations (campuses); both have different...
"How Ya Livin'?": Notes on Rap Music and Social Transformation(1)
Abstract For African Americans, the presentation of life as a multi-leveled reality has often taken form through musical expression. Music chronicles and critiques developments regarding the complexities of life within the Black community, with...
The Perils of Missionary Diplomacy: The United States Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Ghana
Abstract Based on primary and secondary sources, this paper assesses the impact of the Peace Corps program on the development of Ghana during the 1960s. In doing so this essay examines the broader motives behind the creation of the Peace Corps,...
The Philosophy of Upgradeable Cosmos: The Essences of "Omo" (Children) in Yoruba Ethno-Cosmology
Abstract The concept of reality among the Yoruba has its genesis in myths, folklore, proverbs and syllogisms as manifested in "Odu IFA". This is demonstrated in the place of "OMO" (child) in the Yoruba broad cultural and ontological systems. Yoruba...