Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical that premiered in 1981. It is based on the story of The Supremes and the history of Motown. In 2006, the musical was adapted into a motion picture staring Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson. Cast: Jennifer Holliday Sheryl Lee Ralph […]

Justice Phillips Final

Justice Phillips For Final Project on Pharrell Williams Click here Genres We Have Discussed Negro Spirituals Folk Quartets Ragtime Blues Classical https://youtu.be/sUvuXJP_LOg Jazz https://youtu.be/PbL9vr4Q2LU Musicals Funk R&B Hip-Hop No Point Counter Point ( Extra Credit Assignment) Click here for The 2000s Music Project All posts are completed. My Favorite genre is a tie between R&B […]

Chief Keef: A Chicago Legend

Keith Farrelle Cozart better known as Chief Keef, Almighty Sosa, or Chief Sosa, was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, IL. He is a rapper and record producer. He began getting recognition for his music in the early 2010s when his mixtapes The Glory Road and Bang became popular amongst young people in […]

The O’Jays- R&B post

The O’Jays are an R&B music group that originated in Canton, Ohio in 1958. The group originally consisted of members Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell, Bobby Massey, and Bill Isles, who at the time called themselves The Triumphs. They later were known as The Mascots. They began gaining popularity in the Cleveland area in […]

Stick to the Classics- Classical Music

 Origins and Characteristics: Classical music is one of the oldest musical genres. Its origins date all the way back to medieval times. However, black people weren’t really included in the genre until the time of enslavement in American. Even then, they were barely recognized for their involvement in the genre. Classical music is one of […]

Michael Dyson Video Post

The video was very enjoyable. What stood out to me is when Michael Eric Dyson said that he uses “hip hop as a pedological tool to enlighten the youth”. In my opinion, he has established an effective strategy for reaching out to young black people. The words expressed in hip-hop music really do have the […]

Baby, It’s the Blues!

Origin: The blues originated in the deep south and are known to have originated in the 1890’s. Blues music has its roots in Africa but was undoubtedly born in America. The genre stemmed from work songs and churches and utilized field hollers, shouts, chants, and call and response.  Characteristics: Blues is an emotional genre of […]

Ragtime : The Prelude to Jazz

Ragtime (1896-1920) The beginning of the 20th century witnessed the emergence of a new syncopated instrumental music, known as ragtime. Ragtime was different from everything that preceded it. There have been many attempts to explain the term “ragtime”. “Rag” has been identified as both a noun and verb.  As a noun it refers to a […]

Quartets: Jubilee to Gospel

The African American quartet tradition originated in the mid 1800’s. The quartet stems from the negro spiritual, containing “distinctive elements and sonic qualities that express cultural values and aesthetics of the African American community”. The quartet is not defined by the size of the group, but rather by the number of harmony parts. In African […]

Negro Spirituals/ Folk Songs by Justice Phillips

Folk music is a musical form of storytelling. It is a very broad genre of music. It is a very traditional style of music and is often considered to be “roots music” due to it connection of many other genres that branch off of it. In Africa, folk music was used greatly. Music was used […]

Justice Phillips Introduction

I’m Justice Tone’ Phillips, a first year dual degree engineering, physics major. I’m 18 years old, from Chicago,IL. I’m the only child on my mother’s side, but I have 4 siblings who live in Belize. I played soccer throughout high school, and was captain for a year. I was also on mathletes, student government, and […]