The King of Soul: Marvin Gaye     – Marvin Pentz Gay was born in April 2, 1939. – He is also known as Marvin Gaye – Gaye produced records and wrote songs for himself and other artists – Gaye started his career at four years old in the Pentecostal church – He was a […]

Sister Sledge

Disco and Sister Sledge Disco came about in the early 1970s. It brought a different sound compared to what listeners were usually used to. Sister Sledge created their group in 1971. They didn’t achieve fame and success until 1979. The group consisted of sisters, Debra Elaine Sledge, Joan Elise Sledge, Kim Sledge, and Kathy Sledge […]

B.B. King

The Man Behind the Blues: Riley B. King Who Is He? Riley B. King also known as B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925. He was born in Berclair, Mississippi to sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King. He was born on the Berclair cotton plantation. When King was four, his mother left his father […]

John Coltrane

John Coltrane & A Love Supreme In 1964, John Coltrane recorded an album called “A Love Supreme.  Through this album, he expressed his beliefs. There’s four parts to the album.  The first being titled “Acknowledgement.”  The second being titled “Resolution.”  The third being titled “Pursuance.”  The final being titled “Psalm.”  On each part he plays […]

1860 Negro Spirituals

1860 Negro Spirituals Evolution of Negro Spirituals Music was a general way for slaves to express how they felt. Whether it was to express happiness or sadness, it was a way for them to articulate how much slavery really took over their mental health.  But it also was a way for them to keep occupied […]

Pop Smoke

Gone But Never Forgotten Pop Smoke – A Pioneer of Brooklyn Drill Pop Smoke influenced many people, not just drill rappers, because he did the impossible for people who don’t believe in people like him. Early Life Pop Smoke, also known as Bashar Barakah Jackson, was born on July 20, 1999, in Brooklyn, New York. […]


Decades of Gospel Gospel has been around for decades.  It could be seen in different forms as well.  I thought that certain Negro spirituals could be classified now-a-days as Gospel.  Being raised in a Catholic church, Gospel music was played and sung every Sunday at church. It was never the “Black versions” so to speak. […]

Jubilee Quartet

Jubilee Quartet     The Fisk Jubilee Singers were an African American group formed in 1871 by Fisk University Singers.  They were comprised of multiple students and were not a quartet. They sang a lot of spirituals in hopes of raising money for the college.   Members of the Fisk Jubilee Who led the Group? The […]

Nina Simone

Nina Simone Early Life, Career, and Death Eunice Kathleen Waymon, also known as Nina Simone, was born on February 21, 1933 in Carry-le-Rouet, France to Rev. John Devan Waymon and Mary Kate Waymon. Simone’s music teacher saw her potential and created a special fund to pay for her high school education. The locals also helped […]