Legacy and Significance of Brush “Hush” Arbor Meetings

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Summer of Soul Summary

Summary The Harlem Cultural Festival was a festival that impacted a significantly large group of people. In the year when it emerged, 1969, there was a lot of turmoil and unrest in the country. Martin Luther King Jr. had recently been assassinated, along with Malcolm X, and John F Kennedy. The country was going through […]

How to Write an Artist Paper

Thesis Statement A thesis statement clearly identifies the topic being discussed, includes the points discussed in the paper, and is written for a specific audience. … Another option is to think of a thesis statement as one complete sentence that expresses your position. Narrows the topic down to a specific focus of an investigation. Artist […]

How to Write a Blog Post

How to Write a Blog Post A great blog post takes an idea, planning, and execution. Dr. Johnson provides great tips for your writing success on Black Music Scholar. Your ideas are important to the worlds understanding of the gift of African American Music. Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in Thesis Always keep the thesis in mind. Your […]

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Ain’t Misbehavin’ StoryLine Ain’t Misbehavin’ was set in the twenties,during the Harlem Renessiance. The Harlem Renessiance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York. It was also refered to as the ” New Negro Movement”. It was a time when night clubs such as the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were filled […]

Master StoryTeller : Slick Rick

Early Life Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, as known as Slick Rick was a British-American rapper born in the London District of Surrey January 14,1965. He later migrated to the United States and lived in the Bronx, New York.  As an infant, an accident involving broken glass left him blinded in his right eye. He once […]

Point v.s. Counterpoint

Survey of African-American Music Section 01 Groups Alesha Minott vs Sydnei Young                                            Due: 09/10/18 Christal Smith vs Tatiana Roberts Khailah Bell vs Amirah Anderson Lauryn Hoard vs Leah Wardlaw           […]

Thanks Doc.

“The saying you don’t know what you don’t know” is one that rings true when I think about my semester in this class. I listen to “Black” music all the time, yet it is amazing how much I previously did not know about the history of not only Black music but of Black expression at […]


Thank you so much for a wonderful semester. Wishing you all the best on your future endeavors.

Genre’s History

Rhythm & Blues is a style of music developed by African Americans that combines blues and jazz, characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations on syncopated instrumental phrases. the name’s origin was created for use as a musical marketing term by Billboard magazine. Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, and B.B. King are a few master […]

Thank You for a Great Semester- Erin’s Final Words

After registering for Survey of African American Music, I was under the impression that this would be a lecture-based class where we would have read about each genre, and have a corresponding assignment. To my surprise, this class was nothing like that. Before diving into the semester I was unsure if I would enjoy this […]

Explanation of 1960-1980 Poster

  I created this poster in an attempt to caput the music of African American artists between the years 1960 to 1980s. I chose to use the image of a studio in the background because I wanted to have the background of the place in where music, change, and work was done by African American […]

Final Goodbye

Dear Doc (and Brooke), Thank you for such an exciting class.  I really learned a lot, and what I like most is that I learned it from writing my own artists posts! Class was always very entertaining, and unlike some of my classes I can say I learned something new everyday.  Although I have played […]

Concert Report

In 2004, Chicago accompanied Earth, Wind, and Fire in a concert at the Greek Theater. Chicago is a rock band that was formed in 1967. Initially, they began making politically charged rock music, but they went on to make softer music. On the other hand, Earth, Wind, and Fire is a funk band that was […]