African to African American Music by Aiyanna Manning

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} African to African American Music Roles The most memorable and genuine moments I have experienced were curated in my grandmother’s galley kitchen. The two of us cooking and exploring the maxims of conversation on Sunday mornings, with Andrae Crouch’s discography subtly […]

The Soul of Marvin Gaye

THE SOUL OF MARVIN GAYE On a solemn day in the Spring of 1939, many were observing the humble entry of Jesus Christ’s arrival centuries ago. The palm symbolized the victory and triumph of Christ, as well as a welcoming invitation of renewal and peace. People revered the power of God within spiritual and physical […]

Commodification of Black Music Through Labels

RECORD ROW Record Row culminated independent record companies into one, especially black music labels, and resided on South Michigan Avenue. Custom Records, Brunswick, Vee-Jay, and Chess all played a role in creating a new era of popular music for black artists throughout the 1950s up until the 1980s.  /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ […]

The Soul of Marvin Gaye

/*! elementor – v3.4.4 – 13-09-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} SOURCES 1. https://www.motownmuseum.org/artist/marvin-gaye/ 2. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/marvin-gaye-mn0000316834/biography 3. https://www.nytimes.com/1985/05/12/arts/for-marvin-gaye-life-through-song-goes-on.html 4. https://www.villagevoice.com/2020/09/09/marvin-gaye-the-power-and-the-glory/ 5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/2001/02/25/marvin-gayes-eternal-question/f3244fb3-6932-456b-93f9-8cb3daca45ea/ 6. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-spirit-the-flesh-and-marvin-gaye-75095/

First Lady of the Swing Era

Although raised in the City of Gracious Living, Ella Fitzgerald had no idea of how gracious and ebullient her life would truly become. As an orphaned teenager, Fitzgerald sought out the Mona Lisa to her da Vinci during the Great Depression: jazz. Young, meek, impressionable was her demeanor, yet the spotlight of the Swing Era […]

Summer of Soul and Spirit: A Review

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} During the late 60s, citizens of the United States were witnessing the brutal Vietnam War on live television. Many mothers and fathers managing to cope with the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X while anxiously watching their sons be disproportionately […]

Pioneers of the Jazz Avant-Garde​

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Importance of Mentorship in the Black Community Soon after blues and ragtime made their debut from the deltas of the Mississippi, Chicago, Detroit and NYC, jazz emerged from the bayous of New Orleans. Louis Armstrong, born and raised in Louisiana […]