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Impact Repertory Theatre As A Tool Of Empowerment: Black Youth Describe Their Experiences And Perceptions, Asantewa Fulani Sunni-Ali Apr 2010

Impact Repertory Theatre As A Tool Of Empowerment: Black Youth Describe Their Experiences And Perceptions, Asantewa Fulani Sunni-Ali

African-American Studies Theses

This qualitative phenomenological study explores the role of Theatre as a tool of empowerment for Black youth. This study involves IMPACT Repertory Theatre of Harlem (IMPACT), a Theatre group that consists of Black youth between the ages of 12-19. Observations, focus-group interviews and audiovisual material were used to explore Black youth's experiences with and perceptions of Theatre via IMPACT. The existing literature surrounding the topic of Theatre for youth empowerment contains the following gaps: they do not give a voice to the youth in question, they are seldom conducted in the U.S. and they do not specifically focus ...


Voices Of The Earth: A Phenomenological Study Of Women In The Nation Of Gods And Earths, Ahmon J. Keiler-Bradshaw Apr 2010

Voices Of The Earth: A Phenomenological Study Of Women In The Nation Of Gods And Earths, Ahmon J. Keiler-Bradshaw

African-American Studies Theses

Historically, Black women have often been excluded from the discussion on leadership. This thesis argues that the leadership roles of the women in the Nation of Gods and Earths are consis-tent with the concepts of both Africana womanism and Black women’s leadership. However, through an analysis of Earth’s oral testimonies, this research concludes that though racism is the most pervading obstacle faced by Black people, The Nation of Gods and Earths must address and reevaluate the sexism that exists within its doctrine and practice. By doing so, the group can be-gin to recognize Black women’s leadership and ...


Perceptions And Experiences In Elijah Muhammad's Economic Program: Voices From The Pioneers, Nafeesa Haniyah Muhammad Apr 2010

Perceptions And Experiences In Elijah Muhammad's Economic Program: Voices From The Pioneers, Nafeesa Haniyah Muhammad

African-American Studies Theses

During Elijah Muhammad’s tenure as leader of the Nation of Islam, he launched an economic program that sought to empower black people in America. This study examines the perceptions and experiences of five individuals who were directly involved in Muhammad’s economic program using a phenomenological approach. The findings of this study revealed that this program helped them develop an identity, provided a way out of economic oppression, improved their work ethic, made them economically self-sufficient, and the pioneers believe that this program has current applications.