Ideologies of Racial Uplift and Gender: The Experiences of Anna Julia Cooper

Ideologies of Racial Uplift and Gender: The Experiences of Anna Julia Cooper By Kalila Farrakhan Rachel Lumsden’s “Uplift, Gender, and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha” is an article that discusses the relationship between racial uplift and gender and how it is portrayed in the opera. In the beginning of the composition, Lumsden focuses on racial uplift and gender […]

The Current State of R&B

The Current State of R&B By Kalila Farrakhan What is R&B? Rhythm and Blues, also known as R&B, is a popular African American music genre that started in the 1950s and is still being listened to today. Artists like Sam Cooke, The Delta Rhythm Boys, and Muddy Waters are the artists that are known for […]

Nicki Minaj and Her Impact on the HipHop Industry – Artist Paper

Nicki Minaj and Her Impact on the HipHop Industry The talented Nicki Minaj has clearly made her mark on the music industry. From pop to R&B to gospel to urban latin and, of course, hip hop, Nick Minaj’s voice can be found successfully killing it in any genre. Her lyricism, versatile flow, unique style, and […]

Jubilee Quartets and Minstrel Shows: Another Tale of the Abasement of Black Art

Jubilee Quartets and Minstrel Shows: Another Tale of the Abasement of Black Art By Kalila Farrakhan The African American Jubilee Quartet is a genre of music that began in the mid-1800s and its impact has permeated through the twentieth century and current day. A genre with both Africans and Western influences, Jubilee quartets are unique […]

Psalm: A Love Supreme

Psalm: A Love Supreme By Kalila Farrakhan John Coltrane is a phenomenal jazz musician who is well-known for his mastery of the saxophone. “A Love Supreme”, one of Coltrane’s most famous works, is a 32-minute masterpiece that is broken up into four parts: Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. “A Love Supreme” is known for evoking […]

The Influence of Funk on the Black Power Movement

The Influence of Funk on the Black Power Movement In any movement, it is truly the culture (music, food, fashion, etc.) that influences the movement and records the current state of the people. Music is often seen as the voice of the movement. In the Black Power Movement, funk music demonstrates the current state of […]

Gospel Throughout the Decades

Gospel Throughout the Decades Foreword As one of the students of Dr. Johnson’s class that were given the assignment to reflect on the  different gospel songs throughout the decades and pick your favorites, I was quite intimidated. Being raised Muslim has sectioned me of from one of the main sectors of Black culture, the Black […]

Artist Bibliography: Nicki Minaj

Artist Bibliography: Nicki Minaj By Kalila Farrakhan Works Cited Banks, Thembi. “Exclusive: Nicki Minaj on Image, Criticism, and Success.” Essence, 25 Dec. 2010, https://www.essence.com/news/nicki-minaj-pink-friday-criticism-image-success/ Accessed 3 Mar. 2021 Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopedia. “Nicki Minaj”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 4 Dec. 2020, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Nicki-Minaj.  “Chart History – Nicki Minaj.” Billboard, https://www.billboard.com/music/nicki-minaj/chart-history/HSI Warren, Michael J. “Nicki Minaj: My Time […]

The Blues: Women and their Impact

By Kalila Farrakhan The Blues (1860s-1960s) is a genre of music that was popular from the 1860s to the 1960s. Originating in the Mississippi Delta, the Blues was created as a release  from the everyday struggles of working black people. The  music in the blues genres is characterized with having a 12-bar song structure. The […]

Negro Spirituals and Marian Anderson: The Downside of Feminism

Negro Spirituals and Marian Anderson: The Downside of Feminism By Kalila Farrakhan Negro Spirituals is a genre of music that was created from the African Americans who wanted to find a way to express their love for Christianity in their African rituals. Negro Spirituals exposes the downside of Feminism because feminism only highlighted white women, […]