Funky Town Get Down

Origin of the Genre Funk music originated in the mid 1960’s when black musicians such as James Brown created a style of grooving where the downbeat is the beat that is emphasized. It originated from soul music though it contains mixtures of jazz and R&B. Characteristics of the Genre Funk music takes a special emphasis […]

Hip hop Culture: Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan In 1991, Wu-Tang Clan was started in Staten Island, New York, and originally composed of RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, , Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa. In 1993 they issued they debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) which is now considered one of the greatest albums in hip-hop […]

Once On This Island

The Story  The play starts off with a girl crying due to the thunder claps so the village decides to tell her a story to stop her crying. So they tell her the story of Ti Moune,the peasant girl who falls in love with the aristocrat, Daniel. One day, the water god Agwe sent a […]

Quincy Jones Film Reflection

In the documentary, Jones talks through it at points narrating his life and giving nostalgic stories of his beginnings  He says that “if you know your past it’s easier to get where you’re going”. Quincy Jones was born and spent his early childhood in the South side of Chicago from 1933 to 1940 when his […]

“The Breakfast Club”-Michael Dyson

I genuinely enjoyed watching Michael Dyson’s interview on the the radio show “The Breakfast Club”. He made many points that I agreed with concerning black oppression and the idea of White privilege. Michael Dyson is right in saying that White privilege exists at the expense of someone else being denied. Whiteness is built in with the ability […]

Class of Classical Music

Origin of the Genre The origin of classical music can be found dating back to the Medieval times (5th to 15th century). Classical music was not created by Black people, and unlike the previously mentioned genres classical music was not led by Black people.Within classical music, there are different eras to break down the styles […]

The Bloomin’ Blues

  Origin of the Genre Blues music originated in the south towards the end of the 19th century. It’s soulful sounds were developed from work songs created by Black workers on plantations, and derives from negro spirituals created during slave times. Characteristics of the Genre Blues, in its most recognizable form, is broken into twelve […]

Raging Ragtime

Origin of the Genre Preceded by its close relative the “cakewalk”, Ragtime developed from secularized Folk music in the mid to late 19th century. The genre peaked in its popularity in 1895-1918. Ragtime music originated in southern Black communities like St. Louis, Missouri but was widely listened to and enjoyed all throughout the United States. […]

Jumping for Jubilee Quartets

  Origin of the Genre As time progressed on from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, music progressed along with it. The negro spiritual was still the pinnacle of black music, but was being expressed in a different avenue.  Spirituals were now rearranged and displayed by groups of singers for performance purposes. […]

William Grant Still: The Great Afro-American Composer

William Grant Still was born May 11, 1895, in Woodville, Mississppi and died December 3, 1978,in Los Angeles, California. He was a well-known American composer and conductor in addition to being  the first African American man to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in the United States. He was best known for his Afro-American Symphony (1931). Still studied […]

The Negro Spiritual-The Original Folk Music

The Negro Spiritual, originating back from times of Slave Songs, is the oldest and most pure time of folk music originated in America. When slaves were brought over to America through the transatlantic slave trade, music became one of the only ways for the slaves to try and cope with their situation and try to […]

About Myself: Tyler Jennings

  Hello! My name is Tyler Jennings a sophomore Theater and Performance Major, Music- Vocal Concentration Minor from Albany Georgia. Since coming to Spelman College, I have participated in AUC Shut It Down, a Morehouse College pageant, and am now serving on the executive board for the Spelman College Glee Club. After graduating from Spelman, […]