Negro Spirituals: Express Yourself

Expression Through Throughout slavery, singing was the way slaves could express themselves and their emotions. It was also the way they communicated escapes. Negro spirituals were also the African Americans form of religious music during the time of slavery. Much like folk, negro spirituals used call and response techniques. Famous Negro Spiritual Songs Swing Low […]

Concert Post

A Christmas Carol I attended the Spelman and Morehouse Glee club concert entitled “A Christmas Carol.” It’s always a joy to hear Spelman glee club sing! My family always watches the concert on tv every year, but it’s a much different experience being there in the present. I thought it was really cool how the […]

We Got the Funk!

WE GOT THE FUNK! BACKKGROUND Funk is a genre that originated through African Americans in the mid/late 1960s. Black musicians created  rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul, jazz, and R&B. Funk music has a strong focus on rhythmic groove of base line that is played by an electric bassist. In […]

Musical Theater

MUSICAL THEATER:THE WIZ African Americans and Musical Theater Before African Americans were allowed on broadway they were portrayed by white performers through coons songs and blackface. Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole brought black written musicals to the stage. The Origin of the Cake Walk was written by Cook and was the first all black […]


DISCO! History of Disco Disco became popular in the 1970s New York City. Much like every other genre of music, it originated from urban culture. The genre sold sex, dancing, and drug use. The bump and the hustle are two very popular dances that derived from Disco. This genre of music is very notable because […]

Hip Hop

HIP HOP Where did Hip Hop Come From? Hip Hop music is something that the black community has loved and cherished since the beginning of its time. But when, where, and how did Hip Hop evolve and originate from? The musical genre Hip Hop developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans. Hip Hop […]


TECHNO Background  The genre of music entitled Techno music is a form of electronic dance music. The genre was discovered during the mid to late 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. Techno music emerged from the growth and progression of technology in America. Many styles of Techno music exists, but Detroit Techno is the foundation of all […]


GOSPEL THE BEGINNING OF GOSPEL Gospel music is deeply rooted in both African American history and culture. The beginning of Gospel music dates back to slavery. Black slaves were forced into religion when they arrived to America, specifically forced into Christianity. Soon after, Gospel was created. What made Gospel different, was the way Black people […]

All That Jazz

ALL THAT JAZZ ABOUT JAZZ  Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.    The key elements of Jazz include: blues, syncopation, swing and creative freedom. Jazz has a lot of […]


RAGTIME HISTORY OF RAGTIME Ragtime was a popular music genre from 1896-1920. It was played out when Jazz became popular. It originated in St. Louis Missouri. Ragtime was influenced by minstrel show music and consisted of syncopated dance rhythms from cakewalks. The left hand played the “easy” part while the right hand played the syncopated […]

Bessie Smith and the Blues

BESSIE SMITH AND HER IMPACT ON BLUES THE BEGINNING OF BLUES Blues began in the black communities of the Deep South but it has its roots in Africa. It emerged in the Mississippi Delta in the beginning of the 20th century. The songs of blues expressed longing, desire, loss, and sorrow. Black intellectuals did not […]

Kanye West

Kanye West and the Controversy of His Music: The Life of Kanye BEFORE HE WAS YEEZY…       Kanye Omari West was born June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents, Ray and Donda, divorced when he was just three years old. His mother, Donda, later got a job teaching at Chicago State University. […]

Folk Music: POV from an African American Woman

Folk Music: From the POV of an African American Woman Who found Folk Music? While reading up on folk music I noticed that the first thing you see when looking it up is white people. For the longest time people have had the idea that white people created everything, but the reality is that African […]

Lift Every Voice Post by Kendal Releford

LIFT EVERY VOICE The article about Marian Anderson and Florence B. Price was all about women empowerment. Not only women, but more specifically black women. The article mentions that throughout history women have created a space for themselves and each other in daily life. Marian Anderson expressed black women’s views through the politics of concert […]