Songs & Rhymes In Historical Black American English

About Historical Black American English

In the United States you can sometimes hear the dialect known as Black English. Black English is also known as African-American English. According to Wikipedia it's "the set of English dialects primarily spoken by most black people in North America; most commonly, it refers to a dialect continuum ranging from African-American Vernacular English to a more standard English."

On Mama Lisa's World, we refer to the dialect that you'll sometimes find in older African-American literature as "Historical Black American English" to distinguish it from what's spoken today. We added "American" so that our international audience will know at a glance where it was spoken. Most of these songs and rhymes date back over a century.