The Significance of Hip Hop to the Urban African American Adolescents Development
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Research on the social and cognitive effects of Hip Hop on the urban African American adolescent development, 13-26 years of age, reveals a pattern that leads to positive and negative consequences. Urban African American adolescents are a: part of a unique family and communal structure. Their individual characteristics, in reference to Hip Hop, play an essential role within their everyday life orientation. Furthermore, these adolescents feel that Hip Hop serves in the development of their lives. It provides for experiential learning facilitates the process of actively engaging oneself in an experience that will have benefits and consequences. From this, one can discover new things and experiment with knowledge gained instead of hearing or reading about the experiences of others. Due to the lack of educational and economical opportunities in most communities, some adolescents feel the need to provide for their families regardless of the measure they would have to take in order to reach their goals. From research I have found that the Hip Hop context, music, fashion, etc., partake in African American adolescents' negative behaviors. Parental support, equality, affluence, proficient educational resources .are all essential in preventing living unjustly in urban neighborhoods.