Author: Makenna Waller

Tori Kelly

Thesis Tori Kelly is an immensely talented artist, musician, and music producer that deserves more recognition and popularity in the music industry.  Origin Born on December 14th, 1992,  Victoria Loren Kelly is the daughter of

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Makenna Waller

Makenna Waller Artist Post Posts Group Ragtime Project Why Should I Not Have to Take the Final? Throughout the semester, I have continuously completed assignments and projects on time. In addition, I have consistently attended

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The History of Disco

Origin Emerging during the early 1970s, disco is a genre of dance music compiled of R&B and funk roots. Influenced by urban and gay culture, disco had a large cultural impact on fashion, film, and

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Gospel Music: Past & Present

Background on Gospel Music Passionate about establishing a better quality of life, black sharecroppers began to migrate from the rural South to cities in the urban North – Chicago, NYC, Detroit-  in hopes that they

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The Rise and Fall of Vee-Jay Records

Origin Passionate about starting a black record label, Vivian and James Bracken borrowed $500 from a pawnbroker to start a black owned black music label. As a result, they coined their initials, V and J,

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Black & Blues

Origin At the end of the twentieth century, a new genre named Blues “emerged from Black communities in the southern United States”(119). In contrast to other black genres at the time,  – Ragtime, Jazz, etc.

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The Jazz Age

Origin Created by blacks in New Orleans, Jazz is a music genre that has elements from ragtime and blues. Jazz rose to popularity during the late 19th century after Jim Crow Laws prohibited mixed individuals

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Tuskegee Institute Jubilee Quartet

Origins The Tuskegee Quartet was formed in July 1881 after the creation of the Tuskegee Institute. The main purpose of the quartet was to perform jubilee spirituals during fund-raising campaigns. The quartet consisted of leader

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Negro Spirituals

Origin and Influences By defintion, negro spirituals are ” the earliest form of religious music to develop among African Americans in the United States”(Burnim 50). Created during slavery, the main goal of spirituals  was to “symbolize the

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African American Folk Music

Origin and Influences Created by slaves that were taken from West Africa to the New World, folk is the earliest form of African American music. Characterized by its unique instruments, rhythmic structure, and various other

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