A Dedication to the Wheat Street Female Quartet

Significant in Silence: Wheat Street Female Quartet By: Demi Browder Who is Wheat Street? The Wheat Street Female Quartet is an all female group that emerged in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1920’s. You may wonder who are they? Where did they come from? I’ve never heard of an all women’s quartet group back then? Well, […]

Black Feminism Through Blues

Embracing a New Norm Through Blues By: Demi Browder Women in Blues African American women set the new standard of expression through music as they stood up and embraced their independence, freedom, and sexual imagery in Blues. Blues emerged during the decades following the abolition of slavery allowing for the genre to give musical expression […]

Folk Revolutionary Musician: Tracy Chapman

Early Life and Inspiration Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964. Tracy’s mother discovered her daughter’s love for music and bought her a ukulele at the age of three. By the age of 8 Tracy discovered how much she truly enjoyed music and what it meant to her. One can assume from the […]

A Woman’s Tribute to Negro Spirituals

Marian Anderson Singing Songs to Her Rights By: Demi Browder Who was Marian Anderson? Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was known not only for her contralto, but her bravery to breakthrough racism to show her talent. Growing up Anderson revealed her voice talents early, but unfortunately her family […]

Music in the Lens of Women

Feminism in Folk Music feat. Lauryn Hill By: Demi Browder What is Folk Music? Folk is a genre of music much described as soulful, strong, imitated, and rhythmic. Folk derives from the early 1600s sang mostly by African descent people who were enslaved. Slaves brought over the banjo, bones, and the djembe drums used to […]

The Misogynistic Culture of Hip Hop

During the rise of rap/hip-hop in the 1980s and 90s, there was extremely explicit sexual content in the lyrics as well as the music videos that accompanied them. This made rap and hip-hop extremely controversial. Rap was already controversial enough without the aspect of misogyny factoring into the music genre. Rap/hip-hop had a sense of […]