Black People and Musicals

Before black people started to perform in musicals, they were mocked by white performers and the shows were called “coon songs”. In 1898, Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole made the first black written playwright on broadway. In 1915, Scott Joplin, ragtime composer, tried to produce a Broadway show but it failed because of financial reasons.

Some famous Broadway musicals include “The Wiz”, “Rasin in the Sun”, and more 20th century popular “Dream Girls” 

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What About the Blues?

Originally blues came from the genre of folk music. The blues revival came during the 1960’s when popular African American musicians became more relevant in

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Gospel History

Gospel music originated in the early 20th century. Gospel music has roots in blues and spiritual music. Some spiritual songs had hidden messages in them

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Negro Spiritual Post

Negro spirituals were composed and sung by African slaves. It is usually sung in call and response were there was a singer leading the song

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Techno Music

Techno music emerged in the mid to late 1980s in Detroit. It was a mix of African American styles of music like Chicago house, funk,

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All About Hip-Hop

Hip Hop originally formed in the 1970’s in Bronx, New York. Youth at the time were the mainstream performers of Hip Hop music. It did

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Ready for Ragtime

The Ragtime era began in 1896 and lasted until 1920. It was popularized because of sheet music and the beats throughout the music. Regular people

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Disco Madness

Disco originally started in the 1940s as the word “Discotheque”. In France, Bebop, jitterbug, and other dance genres were banned by the Nazis. People who

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Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartets  started in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The money made from the performances would be used to fund historically black

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What is Funk?

Funk originated in the mid-1960’s by African American people. It is a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Some characteristics of Funk music

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Folk Music- Amari Davis

Article Review and Critique Summary of Article: The author starts off with a paragraph on what Folk music is. It is stated in the article

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