Why so many black people love kung fu


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Why so many black people love kung fu

Kung fu references crop up a lot in black culture from Jim Kelly in Enter the Dragon and Wesley Snipes’ Blade films to hip-hop artists like Wu-Tang Clan. This translates to the UK too. Josh Toussaint-Strauss watched a lot of martial arts growing up and found that his family and friends all wanted to kick arse like Bruce Lee. So why do so many black people love Kung-Fu? Josh investigates.
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  1. One of the best videos ive seen watched it twice … You did a great job. WU TANG FOREVER. kung fu is awesome even if you dont know what you are doing when your done watching kung fu flicks you think you can conquer the world and beat anything up even a tree or concrete lol. "The Last Dragon" one of my favorites and all the Shaws brothers films. 36 chamber, Master Killer, on and on. thanks for this

  2. In my neighborhood, we all practiced as teenagers. Inspired by those new Bruce Lee and other martial arts films, we took formal training in different styles and cross-trained each other. As adults, many of us still practice.

  3. Most all Americans love kung-fu movies I’ve watched Mexican kung fu movies I’ve watched kung-fu movies with black people as the main characters and I’ve watched kung-fu movies with white people as the main character. But I’m not surprised that y’all are generalizing again.

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