The Development of Jubilee Quartets

By: Autumn Johnson What is a Jubilee Quartet? Jubilee Quartets were religious music groups comprised of African Americans. There were three major time periods of Jubilee Quartets from 1880 to 1969, which are the Jubilee, Transitional, and Gospel Periods. Jubilee Quartets have changed and other elements have been added over these time periods. The elements […]

The Genre Defying Nina Simone

By: Autumn Johnson Who is Nina Simone? Nina Simone was born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. She developed a love for music at a very young age, as she started playing the piano at 3 years old. Simone was very intelligent, graduating valedictorian of her class in high […]

Rihanna: Empowering Icon and Trendsetter

By: Autumn Johnson Thesis Rihanna is one of the most iconic, influential, and female empowering artists today. Rihanna has ventured off and explored many different things during her career making it more interesting than your regular artists. She is known for her distinctive and versatile voice. Rihanna cannot be defined by one word, and even […]

Black Women and the Blues

By: Autumn Johnson The Blues is a genre of nonreligious folk music, created by African Americans, where singers express their feelings and emotions. Black women within the Blues genre are continuously inspiring each other and connecting with their audiences because of all of the pain Black women go through in America. Ma Rainey was a […]

Unity Through Negro Spirituals

By: Autumn Johnson What are Negro Spirituals? Negro Spirituals are a genre of religious music created by African Americans during slavery. Many enslaved people practiced religion because it was one of the only freedoms they had. Unfortunately, they were not able to worship altogether in assembly without White supervision, so they did so in secret. […]