Final Thoughts-Kori Barnes

When I first signed up for  this class, I was simply looking to fulfill my fine arts requirement. I did not know if I would enjoy it but fine arts is an area that does not really peak my interest. However, I am know able to say that I have learned so much about Black […]

Detroit Techno: 808s, 202s, and 606s

Techno is a form of dance music that emerged in Detroit in the early to mid-1980’s that features electronic instruments including drum machines, multi-track mixers, and multi-track mixers, computers, and samplers. However, the use of drum machines, Roland TR-808, Boss Dr-202, and Roland TR-606, were an important part of techno because it contributed the imitation […]

Performance Aesthetics: Stage Production of Funk

Performance Aesthetics: Stage Production In Funk By: Kori Barnes and Kierston Forney Groups such as Earth, Wind, & Fire, The Ohio Players, Cameo, and Parliament-Funkadelic used costumes as way to create a sense of identity and a unique group persona. Stage production was an important component of funk because it tied the sounds of funk […]

What Difference Does It Make?

[embedyt][/embedyt][embedyt][/embedyt] Everyone has the ability to be talented regardless of race and in particular, musical ability is not restricted to one race. It is no secret that music artists of all races sample from other genres, perform songs for other artists and ultimately, make it into their own. However, when it comes to […]

Words of Wisdom by Kori Barnes

My Black Footprint African-Americans are a powerhouse when it comes to expressing our talents. We are funny, creative, hardworking, dedicated, and inspirational. It is no secret that we have influenced many genres of music and artists. Most importantly, we have served as a muse for many white artists and their culture. With in mind, entertainment […]


  Katrina Laverne “Trina” Taylor was born December 3, 1978.  Trina first gained notoriety in 1998 with her appearance on Trick Daddy’s second studio album on the single “Nann Nigga”. Since then, she has released five moderately successful studio albums. XXL Magazine calls her “the most consistent female rapper of all time.  In 2013, Complex Magazine ranked “Pull Over” #27 in their […]

Mary J. Blige

  Mary J. Blige Mary J. Blige was born on January 11, 1971, in The Bronx, New York.  In 1989, Blige released her first album,  What’s The 411?, in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 […]