Author: allyssathornton

Rihanna: Musician to Businesswoman

Rihanna: Musician to Businesswoman Rihanna has become a worldwide pop icon and has been involved in two decades of music creating hit after hit. As of recently, her album 2016 ANTI has made her the 

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Ragtime

RagTimes Ragtime is a genre names after “rag” times and it’s known for its broken piano melodies that work together to make a fun jig. It originated in the late 19th century stemming from Negro

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Musical Theater

African American Musical Theater Before the early 20th century, African American theater was white people in racist blackface mocking and disrespecting the African American image. In 1898, Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole introduced African

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Techno

Techno Techno is a genre very popular today in white music scenes and especially at festivals and raves such as Coachella and The Burning Man. Originally techno was a form of protest by middle class

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Disco: An Era of Self Expression

Disco Queens to the Front Disco music has roots in soul and funk music which makes it another genre that was created by African Americans. Disco was popular in the 1970s and it was a

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Negro Spirituals: The Cries of Our Ancestors

The Emotional Expression of The Slave For hundreds of years, Africans were kidnapped and sold as slaves in a stolen land named America. The colonizers took everything from these people from their land, their culture,

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Jazz Music: America’s Classical Music

America’s Classical Music Jazz is arguably one of the most iconic genres of music. It combines many genres of music including ragtimes, marches, blues, negro spirituals and many other genres. It was founded in the

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Jubilee Quartet: 4 Voices are Better Than One

Jubilee Quartets What’s better than one talented singer? How about four talented singers all singing together at once. This is the basis of Jubilee Quartet. Jubilee Quartet was named after the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a

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Blues: Singing Their Miseries

I Got The Blues When someone tells you they have the blues or they’re feeling blue, you automatically know they are feeling melancholy. This term comes from the music genre, Blues. The Blues was created

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