The Wonderful Bessie Smith

The Wonderful Bessie Smith Smith was born on April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was one of seven children. Her father was a Baptist minister but died after her birth, making her mother raise her and her siblings alone. In 1906 her mother and two of her brothers died and Smith and her remaining […]

The Life of May Aufderheide

The Life of May Aufderheide May Frances Aufderheide was a famous ragtime composer during the 19th century. She held a very high reputation for her ragtime compositions and to some would be known as the best female ragtime composer. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana from John Henry Aufderheide, a violinist, and Lucy M. Deel. […]

The Final Words of Nipsey Hussle

The Final Words of Nipsey Hussle Nipsey Hussle born august 15, 1985. was a Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur, community activist, and father of two but was with all these amazing titles was more than that, he was a a man who will change the world forever.  Ermias Joseph Asghedom known as Nipsey Hussle was an American […]

The Dixie Hummingbirds

The Impact of The Dixie Hummingbirds Who are the Dixie Hummingbirds? The Dixie Hummingbirds are a famous African American gospel music group playing styles from jubilee quartet of the 1920s to hard gospel from the 1950s. The Dixie Hummingbirds consist of 5 members; James B. Davis, Fred Owens, Wilson Baker, Barney Parks, and Jimmy Bryant. […]

The Impact of “The Fisk Jubilee Singers”

Who are the Fisk Jubilee Singers? The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a influential musical group that has impacted the way we view Negro Spiritual music to this day. Founded in 1871 at Fisk university in Nashville, Tennessee the groups sole purpose was to raise money for the school. After facing financial crisis George L. White, […]

Getting to Know : Folk Music

What is African Folk Music? Overview  Music was a key element in all healing and religous rituals. Folk music originated in the 18th century, when the enslaved Africans were forced to come over to new land. It was a way to tell their story during that time. Because they were forced into a new area without […]