Techno Techno originated in the mid 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. Using a computerized sound, techno is usually associated with dance music in clubs. In this era, technology was growing and advancing quickly and musicians realized that it could complete the task of many artists and musicians without the trouble of actually having them around. As […]


Gospel Gospel is a genre of music that is negro spirituals transformed into modern music. It tells uplifting stories about life struggles and overcoming adversities. Gospel music has emerged each decade and continues to change based on the struggles going on at the time. A style of music that uplifts you when all you have […]


Jazz Jazz originated from New Orleans, Louisiana. In New Orleans a famous attraction known as Bourben Street is a prime example of the history of jazz being born in New Orleans. The musical instruments being played, the sounds of soul and rhythm all in the heart of Louisiana. Jazz is a mixture of many styles […]


Hip-Hop Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a genre of popular music that became popular in the late 80’s early 90s originating in the Bronx, NY. Hip Hop was started with 5 fundamentals: MCing, Graf, break dancing,  postural semantics, and self/consciousness.  Artists Run-DMC Tupac Shakur  Notorious B.I.G  Missy Elliot  N.W.A […]


Disco Disco also known “dance music” emerged in the 1970’s. Its sound comes from elements of R&B and funk. This style of music influenced clothes, and represented freedom and liberation. It gave the LGBTQ community a sense of acceptance. It incorporates a four-on-the-floor beat with the bass guitar as the rhythm instrument with an upbeat […]


What the Funk? Funk started to gain its respect in the late 1960’s, and became very popular during the 70’s. Funk incorporated elements from all genres of music such as jazz, blues, r&b, and soul and became the source of party/dance music. Funk has a unique beat alongside lyrics that tell the experiences and views […]

Musical Theater

Musical Theater Musical Theater was the first form of expression that allowed individuals to combine art, music, and dance to tell a story.  Before the early 1900s African Americans were mocked and embarrassed through music theater in performances known as Blackface, where whites would dress as clowns and paint themselves black to imitate how they […]

Jubilee Quartets

m jubilee quartets jubilee 1929 transitional 1930 Gospel 1946 Create Your Own Playlist Golden Gate Quartet The group was founded as the Golden Gate Jubilee Singers in 1934, by four students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. They began as a traditional jubilee quartet, combining the clever arrangements associated with barbershop quartets […]


Genre Blues by Nia Webb “The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.” (Willie Dixon) Blues music was used to tell the life story of a negro. It is a sad genre that was popular during the 1920’s played in a 12 bar style, which is […]


Ragtime by: Nia Webb Ragtime is a genre of music created by African Americans that is played on the piano in a syncopated style. It was a popular style of music between 1896-1920’s that started in the mid-west city St.Louis, Missouri, and later spread to other cities in the mid-west/southern regions. Ragtime became popular before […]

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals by: Nia Webb Negro Spirituals were songs that were used during the slave period for black people to communicate their struggles and hardships with each other and to have an outlet to voice their feelings. They were also used to uplift each other in times when they felt as if they couldn’t go […]

Lift Every Voice by: Nia Webb

This article was very moving for me especially since I relate to it in terms of the many struggles faced with black woman. I appreciate Marian Anderson and Florence Price for being strong and having perseverance in the music industry and insuring that their voices were heard as African American performers. Before reading this article I was blind to the names Marian Anderson and Florence Price but I will remember them for their actions of making sure that black women stand out and continue to be strong fighters in all they do. They have been a part of paving the way for African American women to continue to shine and never give up in situations of adversity and unequal opportunity.


A Review of “That’s all Folks” By: Nia Webb Before reading”That’s All Folks” I had a small understanding of the history and creation of Folk Music. I thought that it was music made by the old white man, but after reading I have an understanding that Folk music was created by African Americans during a […]