Sly Before and After the Family Stone

Sly Before and After the Family Stone Sunday school don’t make you cool forever. Sly Stone         The tale of Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart includes the rise and fall of one of the most influential psychedelic musical artists coming out of the North Bay of San Francisco. Sly manufactured hits that infused […]

Nina Simone: “Putting A Spell” on the Jazz Era

Nina Simone: “Putting a Spell” on the Jazz Era Jazz is not just music, it is a way of life, it is a way of being, a way of thinking. Nina Simone        Eunice Kathleen Waymon, popularly known by her stage name, Nina Simone, was one of the most complex jazz artists, who […]

Femme Queer Expression in the Blues

Femme Queer Expression in the Blues Introduction The Blues contained one of the most emotionally-expressive and creative artists in its time. Originating in the deep-southern roots of the Mississippi Delta post-slavery, the blues gave artists the opportunity to express the many negative outcomes caused by black oppression in America. As well as addressing issues, female […]

Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along: From Ragtime to Broadway

Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along: From Ragtime to Broadway -Introduction-        Eubie Blake, Baltimore-raised producer of popular ragtime hits, such as “Charleston Rag”, “Bandana Days”, and “Love Will Find a Way”, composed one of the most influential musicals in African-American history. The creation of Shuffle Along, a project collaborated with director, Noble Sissle, was the […]

Earth to André

Earth to André Real guys go for real down to Mars girls. André 3000         André Lauren Benjamin, popularly known by his stage name, André 3000, is one of most modern rap artists to positively expand the creativity and depth of the hip-hop genre. With his eccentric aesthetic in the rap group, […]

The Great Awakening: Birth of the Negro Spiritual

The Great Awakening: Birth of the Negro Spiritual There had never been anything like it. Here’s a meeting of 3,000 people out in a field, blacks and whites together, listening to a preacher who says, “Here in my message is a new life for you, here’s a new chance for you. Here’s a God who […]

The Outstanding, yet Oppressed Fiddler

The Outstanding, yet Oppressed Fiddler: The Importance of the Fiddle in African Folk Music History of the Fiddle Historical evidence shows that the fiddle, similar to the violin, was created during the medieval 10th century era of Europe. However, due to the exclusion of African culture in history, the fiddle played in African folk music […]