All the Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart by Ellen Fein, Sherrie Schneider

By Ellen Fein, Sherrie Schneider

For the 1st time in a single volume--in a different outsized format--comes "The Rules" and "The ideas II," the outstanding bestsellers that captured the curiosity of hundreds of thousands of readers looking for Mr. correct. unique.

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Y. Davis, 1983; Marable, 1983; McGruder, 2010). As is explored throughout this chapter, the legacy of slavery continues to impact African American romantic relationships today. African Traditions that Influence the Intimate Relationships of African American Couples Research on African American intimate relationships is incomplete without attention to African/African American culture. African Americans are part of a cultural group whose ancestors are originally from many cultural groups of the African continent.

The view of African Americans and African American couples is distorted within the American psyche, which provides further justification for this book. Popular media certainly influences our views of family, marriage, couples’ ways of relating to one another, and gender roles. We frequently ingest a steady diet of negativity when it comes to our views on Black couples, as there are few positive portrayals in the media. Even in the 1980s when the immensely popular Cosby Show was on the air, it was criticized for being unrealistic given that it depicted a positive professional African American couple raising children.

Today these traditions are continued in African American families through contemporary kinship networks, which will be reviewed later in this chapter. Kinship formed the core of Africa’s pre-colonial social structure and provided both the expression and the symbol for social relations (Holloway, 2005). The kinship group consists of all people in a society that acknowledges they belong to their kinship group regardless of geographic proximity or blood relationship. , 2011). Kinship family groups still exist today within the African American community (Blassingame, 1972; Piper-Mandy & Rowe, 2010).

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