ShowAfrican-American English

Black English, also known as African American Vernacular English (AAVE) or African American Language (AAL), refers to language shared by many Black Americans. It is not merely slang, although its speakers may use slang, nor is it bad or broken English. It diverges from common English in predictable, rules-based ways, influenced by origin, contact, community, and settlement.

Stay Woke

The slang term woke, as in stay woke, arose among African-Americans to refer to being aware of social injustice or racism, and then doing something about it in one’s own life. This is part of a complete episode.

Slave vs. Enslaved

The organization Historic Hudson Valley describes the African-American celebration of Pinkster in an exemplary way. It avoids the use of the word slave and instead uses terms such as enslaved people, enslaved Africans, and captives. It’s a...