Ragtime was the first African American music genre to be popularized in mainstream american culture. Although this genre was popular, in mainstream media it degraded black people. This was done through the use of cakewalks, blackface and minstrel shows. In order to perform black men had to dress in black face and clothes that portrayed them to be stereotypes. Ragtime was played with “swag” by blacks and included a syncopated melody.

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Negro Spirituals

Negro spirituals are a staple in the black community. They are poly rhythmic and tend to reference religion. A prominent negro spiritual artist was Marian

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop originated in New York City starting in the 70’s. It was a new creative outlet for African Americans. Records, turntables, DJ’s and MC’s

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Women In Blues

Women in blues, specifically black women were prominent figures. They rose above the cards they were dealt with.Black women faced oppression, misogyny,  racism, and poverty.

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