African Americans are not a monolithic group, and acknowledging that African American communication and culture differs from those of other races and ethnicities is only one aspect in the study of Black communication and culture that has many layers. To explore both the differences and similarities in Black culture, one must define who is “African American” or “Black,” which can be complex, because the terms are at times used interchangeably and can include many ethnic groups as population shifts and immigration have increased the Black population in the United States. The term Black itself can mean any person of African descent representing the larger African diaspora throughout the world. However, in the United States, the Census Bureau defines “Black or African American” as ...
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