Shawn Carter

  Shawn Carter a.k.a. The Artist and Businessman Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay-Z, was born on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. Raised by his mother, Gloria Carter, Jay-Z grew up with three siblings in the Marcy Projects. Jay-Z began rapping at an early age, starting with freestyling and making […]

Michael Jackson: Disco Era

  Michael Jackson: Disco Era Some of Michael Jackson’s most popular songs are classified as disco. It was during the disco era, the 1970s, that Michael Jackson began his solo career. Because of this, Michael’s transition into disco music was almost seamless, and this is where his crossover began. Disco was a genre that catered […]

Keeping Detroit Techno Relevant

  Keeping Detroit Techno Relevant Although the era for House music and Detroit Techno has passed, Detroit natives have found a way to keep the spirit of Techno music alive. Lady T from back in the day, is producer of Charivari Detroit 2017 — which is an annual 3- day festival dedication to bringing together […]

What Difference Does it Make?

During one of our class discussions, we described black music to be music that gives hope to Black America, during whatever trials we are facing. In some sense, our music is our sign of resilience. The study of African-American music is essentially the complete study of our history, where each genre will give a better […]


Kenneth Brian Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began performing with Bootsy Collins as a child, where he adopted the more popular popular name “Babyface” and joined the group Manchild. The group created three albums together before they split. Once Manchild split, Babyface began producing and writing for R&B artists […]

Teddy Pendergrass

Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was born on March 26, 1950 in Philadelphia. He began is music career in gospel music, singing in local Philadelphia churches, and became an ordained minister at the age of 10. By 15, he had become a self-taught drummer and joined a local teen pop group. Not soon after he was the […]