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"The Black Identity" "What's in a name?

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." In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this quote is used as a way to argue that the names of things do not matter, only what things "are". The "Black" community has undergone numerous cultural and social evolutions to be where we are today. Starting as Negros, we took on African American as the title of our culture and ethnicity, and have allowed "Black" to be a socially acceptable way of defining our communities and people... However, Post Civil Rights Era, a strange thing happened. We began to enjoy our new found freedoms of integration, and in doing so, began to experience a new level of "Black Experiences". Blacks marrying outside of their ethnicity, openly. Landing jobs that put them in new social circles. The music and the messages within them changed, as "The Black Experience" changed and evolved. Today, 2014, with all the evolutions that have happened, the question is, what is Black? As a community, what defines us? What's the Black Identity?