African American Language

Out of all the Communication Technology Theories we have discussed during class so far this semester my favorite one is the Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory because it bascially talks about how people imitate other individuals behaviors and actions. Especially young kids who watch a lot of television, they really copy what they see on television every day and sometimes even learn from the shows that they watch. For example, Dora the Explorer, young kids who watch this show learns how to speak Spanish before they even start school because my little cousin used to watch this show and he could speak Spanish around the age of five years old. So watching television can really relate to the Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory.

Television and this theory can go hand in hand because according to the book on page 54, we have read in class on the Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory it states that it’s a useful framework for examining not only the effects of communication media, but also the adoption of communication technologies. Which is true because of the way that television is used by different companies to advertise their products. For instance, companies such as Insight and Direct TV, when watching their advertisements on Television these companies not only try to persuade you to buy their products and/or communication technology, but these companies show you by using actors and/or ordinary people to tell how their experience was using that particular product.

So by watching those individuals say that they did or did not like using the technology you are learning more about pros and cons of the technologies those companies are trying to sale which is the social learning part of this theory. On the other hand, the cognitive part of this theory is that you, the consumer, actually think about purchasing the product or not purchasing the product off of what your heard and saw on television. So as you can see this theory is my favorite because it can explain how a lot of people make decisions on what they want to do and how to act just by watching television. And how television and the Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory can go hand in hand to improve the growth of television because of all the advertising that companies put out to increase their sales. I believe television is going to be more advanced in the future to come.


On what devices I use to listen tom muck you ask?  Well, I use many different devices such as my MP3 player, my media player in my phone, and my media player on my computer.  I even listen to music on the FM radio in my car but only on Sunday’s because I love to listen to Gospel Music on my way to work.  The last device I use is the television because I watch a show called “Sucker free” early in the morning on the MTV2 channel.  But out of all the devices that are listed above for music entertainment I mostly use my MP3 player and my cell phone because as we discussed in class MP3 players, cell phones, computers, iPods, or any kind of personal digital audio are becoming more popular when listening, downloading, or recording music than CD players and radio today.  Which I do agree with because every day I see students walking to class with their MP3 players or iPods listening to music.  Which brings be back to the discuss that we had in class today that college students spend 7.5 hours of listening and 23% of it be music alone.  That was interesting to me because that’s something I didn’t know until today, so music is a big part of a students day.

The second question being asked is….”When do I listen to music?”  I listen to music all day every day no matter what I’m doing.  I listen to music when I’m driving in my car because I like to bop as I’m driving I can’t stand siting or riding in complete silence that makes the journey to my destination boring and makes it seem longer then it should be.  I listen to music on my telephone on my media player when I’m taking a shower because I love to sing in the shower.  I’m pretty sure everyone has sung in the shower before singing in the shower makes it more enjoyable than just getting in, washing up, and getting out; music just makes taking a shower or bath more fun.  I listen to music while walking down to the corner store it helps me to stay focused on getting from point A to point B and back to point A especially when I walk to the store in the middle of the night by myself I guess you can say listening to music as I’m walking gives me courage in a way; because I hate walking somewhere by  in the dark with all the problems on the streets.  I also even listen to music as I clean up the house, for example, as I’m washing dishes or vacuuming the floor because I love to sing and dance to my favorite music it makes cleaning up more fun and makes it go by more quickly.  I don’t know its like once I start listening to music I forget about whatever it is that I’m doing at that moment and go straight into auto pilot and don’t even realize what’s going on around me or how fast time fly.

The reason I listen to music is because it helps me to relax when I get mad at someone or something that goes wrong.  Listening to music helps me relax when I’m stressed out over something, for instance, when I’m stressed or mad I would stop whatever it is that I’m doing and just cut on some music either from my MP3 players or on my phone and it would help me focus and calm down on whatever the situation was and find a great solution to that problem.  Another reason I listen to music is that music puts me to sleep when I can’t go to sleep after getting off work at UPS around 4 o’clock in the morning; music really calms my nerves and my body.  The last reason I listen to music is that it’s fun to listen to and it helps me get over some of my personal problems that I have in my life because some the music I listen mostly R&B Music can relate to me.  For example, when I listened to T.I’s song “Live Your Life” it helped me get over one of my emotional problems because what I got out of the song was no matter what it going on right now once it’s in my past leave it there and just live your life because it’s too short to be dwelling on the past.  And that’s why I listen to music it can if you listen hard enough can feed you great information that you and I could use for ourselves.

Hey everyone at WordPress my name is Shaniquequa Tyler and I’m here to talk about communication technology and how I feel about it.  To me communication technology has shaped how we live our day-to-day life and how we communicate to each other, for instance, Facebook is considered communication technology because a person can talk to anyone around the world and doesn’t even have to meet them face to face.  To me personally I find this technology important and useful in my life because I depend on technology to communication with my friends and family by using my cell phone which has all my contact numbers in it and makes it easy for me to call them.  This technology is also important and useful in my life because it helps me learn more about the world I live in and about the people around me from listening to the radio and watching television.  For example, listening to the radio and watching television can inform me about wars that are happening over seas and what problems we have here in the United States.  At the same time, seeking new technology isn’t a real importance to me I’m fine with technology the way it is because after a while technology is getting too complicating and sometimes even frustrating.

In the future I think radio is going to decrease and what I mean by decrease is that more and more people are going to stop listening to the radio because today people, mostly the younger generation, are downloading songs from the internet for free.   And I personally can say I don’t listen to the radio because every time I change switch my radio between stations I hear the same songs and the same commercials and that gets annoying.  Overall in the future I just think the radio is either going to stay the same or the radio is going to fall off slowly as the years go on as people continue to download music off the internet.

 Have you ever took the time to think about how you interact with the opposite sex?

 When attempting to get the opposite sex’s attention, it’s all about the first impression and approach.  African-American males have a very different view on how to approach a female than a white male. Black men use a different technique that involves more than just verbal communication.  I will be going into detail about the various forms of communication black males  do to grasp a  female’s  attention.

In Black culture, it is customary for black men to approach black women in a manner that openly expresses a sexual interest.(Kochman 75) When a black male first approaches a female, the first thing he is sure to acknowledge is physical features. In other American cultures, this is often seen as a form of sexual assault. Black men make references to body parts on women as a way to show they are appealing.  Simple phrases such as “Don’t hurt em'”, “Hey baby, let me talk to you for a second,” just to give some examples, are used to get the woman’s initial attention. African-American males generally have phases or steps they go through to “get the girl.”

Black males do resort to touching a female to get her attention.  This brings on the forms of body language that is used. An example of this would grabbing a female’s arm. They use this form when the female shows non-interest. Nevertheless, this shows a challenge . Since Black men love these, this is not their cue to leave the woman alone. 

Direct rejection is the main way to stop pursuit. A forceful verbal insult usually stops the black male from trying to “get to know you.”

Black males recognize that women make the final decision on who they select to give a chance. This “decision” becomes a challenge to them. African-American males love challenges. They are very competitive.  Nonetheless, they see the woman as a “prize,” based on how hard it is to “get” the female. By getting the females number or any other form of contact is seen as “winning.”  Not suprisingly, this  is very similar to a game itself because the whole win or lose aspect.   I would like to end the entry on asking a question.

Is this form of body and verbal language REALLY an efficient way to “get the girl”?

By: Raven Hudson March 10,2011

One of our greatest abilities as Humans is the power to convey meanings or ideas from one person to another. Even if  it is a great new idea, or you’re opinion on what you should have for dinner that night; our ability to use language is a key part of our daily lives. language stated out simple enough, just to convey basic feelings or ideas across to our peers; but as time went on we developed more things to tell each other and more complicated ways to do it.  This, along with differing cultures and different languages, can cause a lot of confusion in the “listener” or even the “speaker” even when trying to pass on a very simple idea.  Even within the same culture, geographical separation and cultural differences can make it hard for one individual to understand another. For example, it is understood in our country that a person from the north may have a hard time understanding someone from the south.  Differences in the same language (Dialects) can make it difficult to communicate because  words may, be pronounced in a different way, be used in different ways, or the dialect may even have some words that the other person may be unaware of.

Even within a geographic area, there are different cultures within them, and since this is a African-American Communications blog. I will focus on interactions between Whites and African-Americans.  Since the two cultures are different, each also has its own dialect of American English.  For example, African-Americans have a wide variety of words they use that are unfamiliar to whites that would most likely not know of these words unless they had been immersed in both cultures at one point in their lives. Most  African-Americans seem to not have this same issue, because as we discussed in class, they seem to be more immersed in the white culture and language.


I would like to open this now to the readers, some things to think about would be other examples of differences in language causing communication issues, personal experiences, or whatever else you want to post!


Hope I gave you something to think about

Ethan Grunst

This youtube video goes over what I was speaking of in the first paragraph, and also discusses what the american populus considers ” Correct” American English. This video was not exactly what I was looking for, but it does help illustrate some of my points.

African American woman have their own way to communicate with each other. Their words and gestures can tell a story of their own. Different types of woman have different way to communicate with each other.  One of the most common things that black women say is the word “Girl.” You can tell by the way that they say it what kind of story they’re about to tell you. If they drag the word out like “ggggiiiiirrrrlllll” then they are basically saying that they have a crazy story to tell you. If they just flat out say “girl” then they’re trying basically just trying to get your attention and saying “listen.”

African American women are the queens of having body gestures when they speak. One of the most popular things that they do is move their head and neck around. If they start to get really into the conversation their head and shoulders start to bobble around. When they start bobbling it usually means that they are upset or feel really passionate about the story that they’re telling. You can usually read their emotions by what type of gestures they use when they talk.

This is just a quick video of 2 girls answering some questions:

Even though the video was short, you still got a chance to see the head bobbing and the attitudes that they girls had when they were talking. The bobbing of their heads told you that they were not playing about the situation. You could also read their emotions from the bobbling. You could tell that they were very upset and angry about the situation in those short seconds.

But not all black women talk like that; it’s pretty common though. You can usually tell how someone feels about a situation in the first few seconds of their story. I personally like it because they’re not sugar-coating anything. They are being real and straight to the point with their emotions. As long as they know their surroundings when they’re talking it’s fine. You can’t just going off and telling a crazy story anywhere. As long as you don’t draw any extra attention to yourself or others i’m okay with it.

Kayla Wahington


For many years and even today we as African-Americans have our own language and our own way of communicating with one another verbally.  Through movies, television shows, and even books African-Americans have been seen to talk and act differently towards individuals who share the same characteristics and values as they do then with individuals that don’t.  Our verbal communication style also sense to change depending on the situation or event that takes place.

This video from the movie Rush Hour “the bar scene” is an excellent example because it shows Detective Carter’s style of verbal communication changing from being loud and aggressive when Detective Lee was present in the room to quiet and friendly after he left.  So it demonstrates how a situation or event can change our style of communication.

When greeting each other most people would just say “Hello…” or “How are you doing?” but on the flip side African-Americans greet each other by saying “wassup” or “Wat’s poppin” depending on who they’re talking to, whose around, and what environment that their in.  Let me ask you a quick question, when was the last time you as an employee said “wassup” or “Wat’s poppin” to your boss?  The answer would probably be NEVER because in that situation you change your verbal communication style so you wouldn’t be looked upon as ghetto or uneducated, come on who would want that on their head.

We as African-Americans have come a long way to make ourselves standout from others but still as a population have no choice but to change the way we speak because we are the number one race being stereotyped for the way we talk and the accents that we have.  In my opinion and in my eye  that’s not right or fair but what can a person do that’s how the world is.

By Shaniquequa Tyler 2/20/2011


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