How the Blues Killed the Blues

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, the blues played a pivotal part in the expression of African Americans’ suffering. Coming off of the emergence of ragtime in the 1920’s, which reflected the creative and material abundance of the Roaring 20’s, blues used ragtime techniques and combined them with swing to express a different emotion: “The Blues.” […]

Ragtime: As American as Collard Greens

/*! elementor – v3.9.0 – 06-12-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Overview and Thesis Ragtime (originating in the 1890s) is commonly regarded as the first all-American genre of music. Pioneered by the likes of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and other talented African American composers and performers, ragtime brought traditionally black musical practices […]

The Influence of African Folk Music

/*! elementor – v3.5.4 – 23-01-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Roots of African Music & Culture African Folk Music is a large component of the roots of African music and culture. African folk music includes numerous rhythms, styles of delivery, and musical rituals and traditions. It is important to highlight […]

Black Music and Record Row

/*! elementor – v3.4.7 – 31-10-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} What, Where, and why was “Record Row”? Record Row was located in Chicago, Illinois. Because black music was largely ignored, Record Row was created to give black artists a chance to make, create, and produce music. Multiple labels were under Record […]

The Summer of Soul -Wynda Lee-

/*! elementor – v3.4.6 – 19-10-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} /*! elementor – v3.4.6 – 19-10-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Day History was Made: Summer of Soul Background: Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) is a feature documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem […]

Religion and Defiance: Negro Spirituals

May 4th, 2021| By: Alexis Bratton There has been a great deal of debate surrounding the origin and role of African-American Negro Spirituals in American music. In order to alleviate confusion the unique sounds embody the faith and heart of black culture. Furthermore, spirituals are a definitive creation of music influenced by Western Christianity and […]

Analyzing Musical Differences by Group 6

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Analyzing Musical Differences By Briaja Gilbert, Mikayla Reid, Sierra Simmons, Kaia Bruce, and Nichele Washington /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Though every good artist has the ability to individualize a song, these songs do […]

Commodification of Black Music

It is a known fact that white people have economically benefited from black music. However, it dates back further than people know. /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} In the late 1800s, Black music did not have value to white people. White people did not care to listen to […]

The Commodification of Black Music

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} COMMODIFICATION OF BLACK MUSIC by Kayla Roddey What is commodification? Commodification is taking something (that at some point did not have economic value)  and making it into a commodity, or something of economic value. White Americans have been able to take […]

Rebekah Glover–Summer of Soul Movie Review

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Summer of Soul Movie Review CONTEXT The 1969 Harlem Culture Festival was a series of concerts that took place in Harlem, New York City during the summer of 1969. The festival, in its essence, was a celebration created to honor Black […]

Music in the African American Community: Alannah Ross

/*! elementor – v3.4.3 – 30-08-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} What is the role of music? Music plays such an important part in the African American community. Music is a form of self-expression that allows us as a culture to be free. We are able to express and talk about our […]

Do You Know Your Folklore?

What Do You Truly Know About Folk Music? We’ve heard before the upbringing of the folk music genre. How it is sung by the people, and not normally recored in a studio. How no one needs to be a trained musician to take part in the song. Even after being informed of all this, what […]

Elizabeth Cotten: A Master in American Folk Music

By: Morgan Allen “I want to tell them about my music. Tell them that I’m a good woman and tell them that’s where they will find me…right up the ladder (in heaven.)” Early Life Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten was born in 1895 in North Carolina. Her love of music started early when at age 7 she […]

White Romanticization of Hip Hop Culture

The Whitewashing of Hip Hop Culture The debate of cultural appropriation still rages on, from hair to clothing, to tattoos, and even evolving into music genres as well. Not too many years ago, Miley Cyrus sang along to a deep beat in her “rap debut” We Can’t Stop, which added the question of what to do […]

The Rise and Fall of Vee-Jay Records

Origin Passionate about starting a black record label, Vivian and James Bracken borrowed $500 from a pawnbroker to start a black owned black music label. As a result, they coined their initials, V and J, and started Vee-Jay Records. Prior to Vee-Jay, music companies were very segregated, and did not sell black music. As a […]


THE RETURN OF THE “BANISHED” In spite that it would seem somewhat too optimistic to view Freud’s the return of the repressed in today’s one of the most popular and common music genre, which is so-called “trap music,” especially of the band “Migos,” a venture of investigation into the music of Black Americans may deliver […]

White Mediocrity vs. Black Genius: Dyson Deals the Dirt

On Friday in class, we watched Michael Eric Dyson’s interview with the Breakfast Club. The subject matter of the interview was pretty dense, but the subject that stuck out to me the most was when Dyson talked about white mediocrity versus black genius. For years now, the black community has struggled with trying to get […]

The Irony of Blacks in Minstrel Shows

Minstrel shows were the start of the American Musical. These shows (that were started by White American men) peaked after the Civil War, which was a time in history where Blacks were subjected to Jim Crow policies and race-based hatred. White men would paint their faces with burnt cork and play on the stereotypes of […]


I created this poster to recognize brilliant Black artist and genres that blessed this country with their creativity from the 60’s to the 80’s. Many of the artist on this poster are my personal favorites, yet all are trailblazers in their own right. The timeline began with The Temptations, Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown and other notable […]

Everlasting Love in the 1960’s

Funk music originated in the mid 1960’s in African American communities. It became a very popular genre of the 1970s and 1980s, it consisted of a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. The most notable Funk Artist was James Brown who set the tone for other artist that joined the movement. Funk branched off to different […]