Music has played an essential role in African American culture. The music we hear from R&B, rap, soul, and gospel artists is a beautiful concoction of the Black experience: we hear black hardships, black love, aimless thoughts, and some oppression. African Americans use music to write and express what they feel at the time, and often times, what they feel and experience is what thousands of others experience also. Music is accepted universally by various races and it unites the black community. Black artists have the special ability to use not only their platform but their voices to subliminally slip a little piece of black magic into the cars and radios of millions of people around the world. By using only using their voice, they get to speak for those who do not have a voice, and they execute this in a rather catchy way. There has always been something enticing about African American music; many artists have tried to recreate the soul and heart found in black music, but it is something that is not easily replicated. You can only find soul in black music. As much as other races try to deny it, African American music has sparked so much inspiration in the United States and abroad; black music captures our mood, our views on life, on mankind, and on the world at the time. Black music has shaped the national identity of the United States.

Ashley Dickson

Ashley Dickson

Yolanda Adams

Years Active: 1974-present Yolanda Yvette Adams was born on August 27, 1961, and is a gospel singer, actress, record producer, and former radio host. She

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Ornette Coleman

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930– June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free

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H.E.R.

  Years Active: 1997- Active Gabi Wilson, better known by her stage name H.E.R.  ( an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed), was born on June

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Carl Cox

Born: July 29, 1962 Years Active: 1980s-current Genres: House, techno, tech house, minimal techno Carl Cox is a British DJ, and house and techno producer. In the 1980s, Cox was a breakbeat

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Hard Bop

By: Ashley Dickson & Jade Johnson [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T0cPCTVYbg[/embedyt] Hard Bop is a subgenre of jazz that is an extension of bebop music. The term began

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