Your Arms Too Short to Box with God

Your Arms Too Short to Box With God is a gospel musical about the book of Mathews written by Vinnette Carroll. It premiered on Broadway December 1976. The musical was also revived on Broadway in 1980 and 1982. The plot of the musical was about the Book of St. Mathew. It showed Christ’s last day, […]

Point vs. Counterpoint: How has Kanye West impacted music?

Point: Kanye West is a creator. He is an innovator and may be the most influential artist from his generation.He has impacted hip-hop in such a way that it reflects through his albums and other artist such as Drake, The Weeknd, J. Cole, and etc. In 2001 Kanye got his big break by producing songs […]

The story behind “King of the South”

Origin Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. also know as T.I. or T.I.P was born September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Ga. He started rapping at the age of nine. In 1999 at […]

Get Funky with Earth, Wind & Fire

Origin Funk music made its debut in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Funk has a rhythmic style that is dance feel to it. It was developed from genres such as soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Funk was developed during the Black Power Movement. One of the major groups at the time were Earth, Wind […]

Nkieru Okoye by Christal Smith & Alesha Minott

Born and raised in New York, Nkeiru Okoye was the second daughter of a Nigerian father and an African-American mother. She studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, and went on to earn a B.A. in music theory and composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in […]

Classical Music

Origin Classical music was originated during the Medieval Times. There were only a few African American composers and some resided in slave states.They received formal instruction from immigrant European musicians. Some African American composers learned from local practitioners or they were self-taught. They wrote short compositions based on European American Models, and dance music with […]

Blues in the South

Origin Blues is a musical genre that originated in the south by African Americans at the end of the 19th century. It was heavily influenced by work songs, field hollers, spirituals, etc. After slavery African Americans used the Blues to express all the pain and troubles they went through during slavery. As the genre became […]

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson had an interview on “The Breakfast Club.” He stated many things that stood out to me. He talked about Beyonce and how she’s victim of her own genius. He talked about how she does not get recognized for all the great things that she does. I can honestly agree with him. Beyonce […]

Ragtime Rhythm

Origin and Characteristics Ragtime became popular and originated in 1896-1920. It “came into existence long before the music was given a name.” It is a popular music style and a practice that is applied to composing and playing popular song, dance, and instrumental music. It is secular music that formed from the folk genre. Ragtime […]

Jubilee Quartets

Origin Quartets were originated in the mid-1800’s they were an outgrowth of the “African American Singing Movement.” Quartets are a cappella vocal group that were first known as jubilee quartets because of the nature of performance characteristics. Quartets consisted of a group of 4-6 members mainly men that “sung a four-part harmony arrangement a cappella […]

The History of Negro Spirituals/Folk Music

Negro Spirituals are songs that were sung by African American Christians during slavery. They were christian songs that also talked about the hard times they endured during slavery. Spirituals came about in the 1800’s. They were originated in the United States when slaves came over to the new world and Africans converted over to Christianity. […]


Hello! My name is Christal Smith. I am a senior majoring in biology on the pre-med track. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I also lived in Macon, Georgia for half of my life as well. My main career goal is to become a cosmetic plastic surgeon. I am a very quiet and […]