What does Afroetic mean?
The word Afroetic is a semantic inversion and word play using African/African American oral tradition; African American Vernacular English (AAVE). It is a phonetic combination of the word “Afro” and “Poetic”. Let me break it down:
Afro [áffrō] (noun) means
1) hairstyle with tight curls: a hairstyle with thick tight curls. Also referred to as a ‘natural’ style. When the hair is allowed to grow without the use of straighteners forming a halo.
2) of Africa: African in origin or style
3) an affinity with Africa, the continent and it’s many cultures and/or languages; relating to the global Afrikan community (Diaspora). E.g. Afro American, Afro Latino(a), Afro Caribbean, Afro Colombian, Afro Asiatic/Asian, Afro Canadian, Afro German, Afro Peruvian, Afro Chilean and ect. see also Afrophile. Pan African; Pan Africanism. African American Vernacular English (AAVE)
Poetic (adj) means
relating to poetry: relating to, characteristic of, or in the form of poetry
resembling poetry: having qualities usually associated with poetry, especially in being gracefully expressive, romantically beautiful, or elevated and uplifting
sensitive or insightful: characteristic of a poet, especially in possessing unusual sensitivity or insight, or in being able to express things in a beautiful or romantic way
Raising cultural consciousness and encouraging Afroetic standards of beauty for the Afroetic Collective through an artistic, academic, insightful, and intellectual medium.
We must define ourselves for ourselves, for only then can you have pride and confidence in yourself!©
Talib Kweli is an exceptional Afroetic lyricist who deserves his props. Below is the tract from the album “Beautiful Struggle”.