Gil Scott Heron, The Revolutionist

Thesis Gil Scott-Heron was a controversial poet and songwriter whose willingness to undeniably speak the truth, laid the foundation for future socially conscious artists.  Who was Gil Scott Heron? In the city of Chicago, Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1948. He was born to his mother, Bobbie Scott-Heron who worked as a librarian […]

“Satin Doll” and “Gone With What Wind”: A Closer Look at the Songs

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Howlin’ Wolf’s Wild Blues

Starting as folk music for the enslaved to cheer themselves on, Blues would emerge as a genre in the mid 1800s around the Mississippi Delta. Though, the music styling would begin its popularity around the early 1900s, Delta Blues being one of the earliest Blues stylings. Artist Howlin’ Wolf would redefine aspects of this early […]

Summer of Soul Review

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Blues

Blues music was known to break down the stereotypes of Black people and play a role in the fight for justice and equality during the Jim Crow and racial segregation period of time. Historically, blues music was sung solo by a male artist that play instruments like the piano or the guitar. In the instance […]

Muddy Waters: An American Icon

Muddy Waters: An American Icon The Blues Started in the south, the blues were a way African-Americans could express their sorrows and despair over racial segregation and oppression. Although started by African-Americans, the blues became something everyone could relate to in regards to having hardships.  Muddy Waters was a legendary performer who changed the face […]

Feelin’ The Blues

Everybody knows a little about the blues but most don’t know the history and origins of it. The blues built is foundation of the backs of the work songs down in the South. From slave songs, negro spirituals, and field hollers, the blues emerged. Blues paved the way for Rock n Roll and doesn’t always […]

Black Folk(s): Do You Drive a Fast Car?

Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter who rised to fame in the late 1980s and 1990s. She is a Cleveland, Ohio native who was born on the 30th of March in 1964. The musician began writing music and performing in Boston, and caught her big break in 1986 when she was introduced to […]