Hi, my name is Alyssa McCants. I am a sophomore, economics major with a minor in management and organization. I am from White Plains, NY in Westchester County which is located near The Bronx.

My mindset for this year is to see improvement academically and socially. I want to exceed all the standards I set for myself academically. I also want to improve my network and the people I interact with.

My experience with music is very positive. I grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B in my household. Hip-hop and R&B is deeply rooted in my family. I use music in my everyday life. It improves my mood and helps me to focus. I am looking forward to learning more about music in the African-American culture in this class.

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Impact of R&B

Rhythm and Blues genre originated in the 1940s. The term R&B was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African

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Ragtime

Ragtime music was started in the late 1800s by African Americans in bars, saloons and brothels. These were the only places at the time that

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Commodification in Blues

Blues music although originated by African Americans became popularized by European groups who adapted the techniques of the Delta Blues musicians. White artists and groups

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Jubilee Quartets

African American Quartets originated in the mid 1800s. They expressed cultural values of the African American community through singing a cappella. An African American quartet

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The Wiz

Project Question 3. Compare the soundtrack of “The Wiz” to that of the original production “The Wizard of Oz”. How have the musical themes and

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Music is Fluid

In this class I learned that all of the music we listen to regardless of genre is influenced by African American culture. White people tried

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