13 August 2012
Yet and still, the African American influence resonates worldwide. On Sunday, the Chinese men’s national basketball team did the Soulja Boy dance to get hyped before the game against Spain. What’s the big deal? Well, let’s digress.
Along with being one of the youngest countries, the United States’ African American population is really just beginning to gain notoriety and their spending power recognized (see previous post “The Power of the Black Dollar”).
At the time that Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” was release, he was 16. By 2010, he ranked #18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings, earning $7 million that year. Did I mention that the single was originally self-published on the internet?
Back to the big deal. The Chinese men’s basketball team represented their country at the 2012 Olympic Games in sport but at the same time showed the World, at the largest and top venue for world, that they’re paying attention to the African American culture.
African American influence has transcended the seas and continues to influence worldwide.