Michael Eric Dyson: A Social Justice Advocate

The Michael Eric Dyson interview with the breakfast club was a very empowering interview. The interview was primarily about the roles that Black figureheads play in our society as well as the way power is distributed amongst those individuals we see as figureheads. One thing that Dyson talks about in the video is the idea […]

The Big Era of Sheet Music: Ragtime

Ragtime originated into the late 1890s-1920s. This music has its roots rooted in African American communities that started in in St. Louis. Ragtime music descended from the jigs and the march bands that was played by African American bands, referred to as “jig piano” or “piano thumping”. This was the Blacks way of enjoying their […]

The Evolution of Jubilee

During the first half of the 20th century Jubilee quartets became prevalent within the African American culture. Jubilee quartets became popularized during the time of 1880-1929. The name Jubilee quartets was originated from the the Fisk Jubilee singers which was a choir organized by George L. White at Fisk University in 1871 to sing Negro […]

A New Language for Black Folks: The Blues

The Blues originated during the 19th century in the Deep South by African Americans as the ultimate brand of authenticity. The blues originated from many different music forms, but most significantly, the blues derived from negro spirituals and folk music. The negro spirituals was music that expressed the position of slaves in enslavement during the […]

Negro Spirituals and Folk- Where it all began

                                                              As far back as the 1600s, African Americans have been dispositioned and impacted by the doings of colonizers and imperialists. Looking into the 1700s, […]

Who Am I?

Hello! My name is Nadia Oakley and I am a Sophomore, Sociology Major on the Pre law track from New York City. I have been studying music since forever. Since I was raised in the church, I constantly was exposed to different varieties of music as well as the instruments that go along with it. […]

Nadia Oakley

Nadia Oakley It’s a Video   The list of videos will represent the genre’s that were discussed in class.  From Top to Bottom: Negro spirituals/Folk: Jubilee Quartets Ragtime Classical Blues Jazz Musical theatre Hip-Hop R&B   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg_8L96E3eUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yXoBMNZVzohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDkd9bVhmekhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7-Qa92Rzbkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTlB-TjAzMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLpjp7xkyIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WySzEXKUSZwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okF5gOTX9uMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEq_HIQF3XY&list=PLWNXn_iQ2yrKzFcUarHPdC4c_LPm-kjQy Which music was more effective, Beyonce’s music in the 2000’s or Beyonce’s music after 2010? (Only My part […]

The Life of Quincy Jones

In the 1930’s Quincy Jones, an American record producer, film producer, composer, and musician made an impact in the entertainment industry. Jones was raised in Chicago and he attended one of the most extravagant performance universities, Berklee College of Music. After attending school no one knew he would attain about 79 Grammy award nominations, while […]

It’s Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755/1757 in the British West Indies on an island of Nevis. He became an assistant to president Washington in the year of 1777. Hamilton ensured the ratification of the US constitution as it pertained to New Yorkers. From the years of 1789-1795, Hamilton served as the first secretary […]

Symphony of A Thousand: The History of Classical Music

The classical period took place during the 1730s-1820s. The classical period was most prominent between the period of baroque music and romantic music. Black involvement in classical music was extremely sporadic at the start of classical music. A small number of composers were trained in producing compositions using styles such as the symphony, concerto, and […]