21 January 2013 @ 03:46 pm
Positive ads with African-Americans  

(This one is from 1963)

(This one is from 1969)
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luke_russell: pic#93957263luke_russell on January 22nd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Not sure why the reference to Swahili is particularly relevant? The ancestors of African Americans did not speak Swahili or anything close to it?
The Woman in Purple: danielarmsrainbow_goddess on January 22nd, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
How should I know? I didn't write the ad.
luke_russell: pic#93957263luke_russell on January 22nd, 2013 02:34 am (UTC)
My question was rhetorical, directed posthumously to the creator of the advert.
mellzie_1963: madmenmellzie_1963 on January 22nd, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
There was a fashion in the 60s & 70s for treating Swahili as the ancestral language of American blacks. Maybe because is/was spoken in so many African countries? Unfortunately, not West African countries--where most American slaves originated. Kwanzaa utilizes the language, so it will probably be perpetuated. There is still debate over a suitable "mother tongue" for the African diaspora.
luke_russell: pic#93957263luke_russell on January 22nd, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
If I can remember my language classes from university, Swahili was spoken by very few people but was promoted by the German colonialists and spread rapidly in the 19th century throughout East Africa. The Western African languages were not related (like Bantu) but have been mostly subsumed by French, also from colonial times. The languages of African American ancestors have been significantly lost to time. I can see why there is debate.
bernthewitch: Mebernthewitch on January 22nd, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
^ Thank you. Great explanation.
bas_saarebas: Aelabas_saarebas on January 22nd, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Don't you know? Swahili is the Official Language of black people.
mjspice: Thranduilmjspice on January 22nd, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Yeah that kinda confused me too.
Good grief, it's a running gag: and i am funkylady_ganesh on January 22nd, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
The mother/daughter one is my favorite but that one at the bottom is also AWESOME.
Lardvarkcionaudha on January 22nd, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, it would be brilliant to see that bottom ad redone in a fashion editorial or ad today, but I assume that carries a penalty of life in prison for the editors of the major fashion magazines in the US from the way they avoid mass quantities of people of color. One or two for flavor, sure, but I'm sure there's a rule about not outnumbering the white women. *eyeroll*
Good grief, it's a running gag: Kenlady_ganesh on January 22nd, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Not to mention all that natural hair.
Singe Addams: Singe by angstslashhopesingeaddams on January 22nd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
The last is kinda scary. They all look as if they're ready to kill someone.
dystatic: cute timmydystatic on January 22nd, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
i like the bubble one
for levi's
mjspice: Thranduilmjspice on January 22nd, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
Love the first & the last one a lot!
Jon Reid: Knightcrossfire on January 22nd, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
That last ad is amazing.
Ejia Arath: ur flavr iz deelishusejia_arath03 on January 22nd, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Damn, there is a lot of fierce in the last one. Although, does the woman in the lower right look more like someone of Indian descent to anyone else?
luke_russell: pic#93957263luke_russell on January 23rd, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the clientele of a bar I used to frequent as a young lad!
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