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The DAMN Curriculum: Black Community Psychology

On April 14th, 2017, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, also known as Kendrick Lamar, released his fourth studio album Damn via multiple streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify. Communicating the various struggles in the black community while simultaneously promoting black power, the album impacted many within the Black community who have been impacted by police brutality, racism, and discrimination.

After the release of Damn, not only did Lamar become the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize Award, the rapper also tackled the controversial FOX news and inspired the Black community to speak out against racial issues and make changes within their hometowns.

The course Black Community Psychology is a post secondary lecture that helps students
understand the struggles within the Black community through music. This course will be going into detail of the psychological impact that is inflicted on the black community due to the results of prejudice mindsets, stereotypes, and discrimination.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Connect historical texts to present day music

2. Analyze lyrics to identify underlying messages

3. Understand how racism and oppression impacts African-Americans psychologically.

After the course has ended, it is expected that the student can meet all three objectives identified above.

The DAMN Curriculum is a way for educators to inform their students on Black Community Psychology by showing the connections between historical text and Hip-Hop/Rap Music. This PDF is a brief outline of the different modules that will be touched on in the course. The full curriculum will include lessons, assignments, evaluation tools, handouts, and discussion points. It will also be accompanied by a 100% interactive PDF to assist the educator.

The full curriculum will be released on September, 1st 2020. To receive a notification, subscribe to PaperTag’s newsletter at to be the first to find out about the release.

Download the Interactive PDF here (Note: This download must be viewed using Adobe Acrobat in presentation mode to be able to interact fully.)

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