“The Renaissance Man”. The Incredible Life of Paul Robeson.

“The Renaissance Man” The Incredible Life of Paul Robeson By: Kalia Simms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg7bPgrosAEETcuFjbE Abstract Paul Robeson was nothing short of incredible. He exemplified greatness in everything he did and is an example of the vast talent, passion, and resilience Blacks have. Not only was Robeson a renowned athlete, but he was a singer, and actor, […]

Thanks Doc.

“The saying you don’t know what you don’t know” is one that rings true when I think about my semester in this class. I listen to “Black” music all the time, yet it is amazing how much I previously did not know about the history of not only Black music but of Black expression at […]

Blues and Bills: The Commodification of the Blues

During the 1970’s Whites in America and overseas began to take interest in the blues. Whites began to make money off of historical research, recording, and sponsoring blues tours and concerts all over the world. The commodification of the Blues was not solely a negative thing. It allowed for the resurgence of the genre and […]

The Irony of Blacks in Minstrel Shows

Minstrel shows were the start of the American Musical. These shows (that were started by White American men) peaked after the Civil War, which was a time in history where Blacks were subjected to Jim Crow policies and race-based hatred. White men would paint their faces with burnt cork and play on the stereotypes of […]

The Evolution of African American music from the 60’s to the 80’s

  Funk, Disco, R&B, Techno and Soul….What a time to be Black! Picture above is a collage I created to portray where we were in African American Music from the 60’s to the 80’s. The image I created includes the genres Funk, Soul, R&B, Disco, and Techno. The 60s 70s and 80s were some of […]

Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement

Jazz was the soundtrack of the Civil Rights movement. Artists felt the pressure from Civil Rights activists to use their art for good and join the fight for equality. Artists such as Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong were shamed for continuing to perform in venues where audiences were segregate. Jazz was the leading genre […]

Kathleen Battle’s Rise To Stardom

Soparno Kathleen Battle became one of the worlds most famous opera singers in the 1980’s. She was born in 1948 and was the daughter of  a steelworker. Battle claims she learned to sing listening to her father who sang in a gospel quartet. No one in her family expected her to become one of the […]

Ragtime: Unmistakably Black?

Origin The term “Ragtime” was used from the 1890’s to the 1920’s to describe the performance of popular music, song, and dance. There was some confusion surrounding this genre but research suggests that this genre has its roots in African American culture. The term “Ragtime” describes the mix between written music and oral music, between […]

Jubilee Quartets

Origins The Jubilee tradition originated in the 1800s with college choirs of southern Black institutions.  Throughout the nineteenth century “Jubilee” was used to designate those spirituals who were of a joyous character, and to refer to the entire body of spirituals. Jubilee quartets were influenced by the musical practices of the Black sanctified church. Jubilee […]

Paul Robeson- Outline

Abstract Methodology Intro Thesis Early Days “The Renaissance Man” A Man of Many Talents Fame and Social Justice; What Really Matters Robeson Disrupts “White American Theater” Robeson’s Lasting Impact Why Artists Should Also Be Activists  

My Musical Journey (IME) By: Kalia Simms

Introduction: Hello all, my name is Kalia Simms and I am a second year transfer student originally from Brooklyn, New York.  Prior to coming here I attended Purchase College in Westchester County. At Purchase College I was a double major in Arts Management and Anthropology. I am now a Sociology and Anthropology major. I am […]