Black + Blues

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Bessie Smith

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THE COMMODIFICATION OF BLACK MUSC BY: Wynda Lee

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NINA SIMONE: Voice of a Revolution

Nina Simone curated songs like “Young, Gifted and Black”, “Four Women”, “Mississippi Goddamn” and others because of her passions to address oppressions and racism that not only she had experienced but the how many African Americans experienced these social injustices. Not only did she display activism in her songs , she was an active participant […]

The Wonderful Bessie Smith

The Wonderful Bessie Smith Smith was born on April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was one of seven children. Her father was a Baptist minister but died after her birth, making her mother raise her and her siblings alone. In 1906 her mother and two of her brothers died and Smith and her remaining […]

Ruth Brown

Miss Rhythm! Background Ruth Brown was a famed Blues singer and songwriter with an incomparable career that played an instrumental role in shaping the Blues genre. She was rightfully crowned the “Queen of R&B” and “Miss Rhythm” due to her role in establishing Atlantic Records as an industry giant. Born Ruth Alston Weston in Portsmouth, […]

Blues Review- Kendall Jones

The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. African Americans had a deep desire to move away from the sorrow songs of spirituals and transform into an upbeat sound of prosperity and power. Spirituals were associated with slavery and oppression, however, […]

Black&Blues

Black & Blue The Blues. The blues emerged in the South after the American Civil War but was all too familiar of a sound to many black individuals. The “Blues” had a sound that served as a reminder of sadness, pain. Its sound was associated with the struggle, something many black individuals were ready to […]

Black and Blues

The term “blues” was used to identify a new type of song emerging from Black communities in the southern United States by the end of the first decade of the twentieth century.  New and different from formal musical characteristics, this timeless music reflected pain, sadness, and feeling blue.  Blues music seemed to simultaneously turn up […]