So This is Where We Part

At the beginning of this semester, my sophomore year here at Spelman, I struggled to find a course that would satisfy my credits for graduation and simultaneously teach me in a way that was intriguing. Then I stumbled upon this course, Survey of African American Music, taught by none other than Dr. Johnson. In September, […]

Break Dancing

  Break it Down: Break Dancing Break Dance Basics According to Burnim and Maultsby: Socioeconomic conditions in parts of the Bronx and Harlem in the 1960s and 1970s profoundly shaped the aesthetics and activities of early hip-hop. Youth gangs proliferated and gang violence became common to daily life in the 1960s and early 1970s. Responding […]

The Wizard (Jeff Mills)

The Wizard Casting His Spell on Radio Wizard radio programs are legendary for extremely fast mixing, beat juggling, and scratching. His style was incredibly fast because of his innovative use of recording and playback equipment.As one of the figure heads of Detroit Techno, Jeff Mills provided the foundations of musical diversity and eclecticism that many […]


India.Arie The one and only India Arie Simpson born in Denver, Colorado on October 3, 1975, is best known as India.Arie (sometimes styled as india.arie). She is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the US and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards from her 21 nominations, including Best R&B Album. Quotes on Her Own […]

Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins a snippet of Bootsy William Earl “Bootsy” Collins was born on October 26, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an American musician and singer-songwriter. Elevating to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins’s driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names […]

Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra

  Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra Introducing… Barry White was born Barry Eugene Carter in Galveston, Texas on September 12, 1944, and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. White was the older of two children. His brother Darryl was 13 months younger than Barry. He grew up listening to his mother’s classical […]


The vocoder, also known as the “voice box”, is an electronic device that is used to distort natural vocal sounds. How does it work? A vocoder needs two inputs to function properly. A ‘carrier’ wave, and a ‘modulator’ input. The carrier is the sound you want to vocode through, and the modulator is your voice. […]

One Page Wisdom

As Jay-Z’s “ The Story of O.J.” alludes to racism throughout media/music since the commencement of America, he puts light on a huge point. No matter how far we go, or how much we succeed, we, as black people, are still just “niggas”. However, this “nigga” narrative is not one would have given ourselves, but […]

Here’s Why It Matters

Prior to studying the roots of African American music and the impact that it has made on American culture, I would just enjoy the way our music made me feel. I found that there is a song for every emotion, from sadness to complete joy, from revolt to unification- we literally have a song for […]