Commodification of African American Music

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Women During Black Movements

Treemonisha is a opera written by a the famous ragtime performer Scott Joplin. This opera focus around the main character of the same name, who is kidnaped and trying to make her way home. The opera is considered one of the first all-black operas to gain so much popularity. This was very important to Scott […]

The History of Blues: Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey was the first popular stage singer to include authentic blues into her songs. She was deemed the Mother of Blues. Ma Rainey  was talented enough to perform during the first three decades of the 20th century and she was able to enjoy the mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Her […]

Ragtime

Rags to Ragtime By: Alexia Khalil From 1896-1920 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. In the late 1800s, there was a different music style created by black people. The style of music was exhibited in many ways. For instance, it was practiced with […]

Scott Joplin: Feminist Icon

Scott Joplin: Feminist Icon By: Lila Gilliam, Olivia Duever, Elaine Ransom, Iyanna Herring, Mara Suggs Before We get in… Since we are studying music, unfortunately, our role in creating a post this week is not to analyze exactly how Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha pushed the boundaries of the society at the time it was written in […]

ROOTS: THE IMPACT OF AFRICAN MUSIC

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Commodification of African American 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: Ta’Niyah Armstrong /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-divider{–divider-border-style:none;–divider-border-width:1px;–divider-color:#2c2c2c;–divider-icon-size:20px;–divider-element-spacing:10px;–divider-pattern-height:24px;–divider-pattern-size:20px;–divider-pattern-url:none;–divider-pattern-repeat:repeat-x}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{font-size:15px;line-height:1;max-width:95%}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__element{margin:0 var(–divider-element-spacing);-ms-flex-negative:0;flex-shrink:0}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-icon{font-size:var(–divider-icon-size)}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider-separator{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;margin:0;direction:ltr}.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator{-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center}.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:before{display:block;content:””;border-bottom:0;-webkit-box-flex:1;-ms-flex-positive:1;flex-grow:1;border-top:var(–divider-border-width) var(–divider-border-style) var(–divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-left .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{-webkit-box-flex:0;-ms-flex-positive:0;flex-grow:0;-ms-flex-negative:100;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-left .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-left .elementor-divider__element{margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-right .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{-webkit-box-flex:0;-ms-flex-positive:0;flex-grow:0;-ms-flex-negative:100;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-right .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider–element-align-right .elementor-divider__element{margin-right:0}.elementor-widget-divider:not(.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_text):not(.elementor-widget-divider–view-line_icon) .elementor-divider-separator{border-top:var(–divider-border-width) var(–divider-border-style) var(–divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider–separator-type-pattern{–divider-border-style:none}.elementor-widget-divider–separator-type-pattern.elementor-widget-divider–view-line .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider–separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider–view-line) […]

Uplift, Gender, and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha: Nora Douglas Holt

Uplift, Gender, and Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha: Nora Douglas Holt Nora Douglas Holt was a musical pioneer. Being a music composer, music critic, singer, Nora Douglas Holt had many skills. Throughout history, African American women have been disregarded and neglected. However, women like Nora Douglas Holt made a way for African American women as a scholar […]

Lifting as We Climb: The Influence of Black Women Activists on Joplin’s Treemonisha.

Lumsden delves into the social climate during the publication of Treemonisha—particularly pointing out the erasure of Black women of the time. Lumsden points out women from multiple fields including musician Harriet Gibbs Marshall and author Ida B. Wells, and the focus of this article, public speaker Mary Church Terrell. Though the women occupy different aspects […]

Scott Joplin and Uplift: How Treemonisha Uplifted the Black Community

Scott Joplin and Uplift: How Treemonisha Uplifted the Black Community By: Gabrielle Weeden, Marissa Thompson, Lindsay Williams, Jazael E Who is Scott Joplin? Scott Joplin was born in the late 1860’s somewhere near the border of Texas (records are not quite sure). His father was a former slave and worked as a laborer on a […]

Constructing Uplift and Womanhood: Treemonisha’s Plot and Libretto

Constructing Uplift and Womanhood: Treemonisha’s Plot and Libretto By: Demi Browder, LaShaunda McWright, Kennedy Taylor, Kyleigh Brown, and De’Ja Smith How We Feel About Treemonisha Personally, Treemonisha is a play based on feminism and strength. Treemonisha goes through hardships throughout the entirety of the play ie. kidnapping and doubt; but she manages to still lead […]

The Progressive Era

Women in Ragtime Ragtime When you think about Ragtime, you should automatically think of the piano. As it can be defined as a genre of musical composition for the piano. This composition was specific to the duple meter – a primary division of 2 beats to the bar, it also contained a highly syncopated treble […]

Dive into Ragtime

Brief History of Ragtime Ragtime was around but the name came along much later. The name was given to the style of music towards the end of the 1890’s. This style of music consisted of both written music and oral tradition with being known for its “ragged” rhythm. Ragtime can be described as an in […]

The Roaring Ragtimes

The Roaring Ragtimes The 1920s in America brought economic prosperity, hopes of the American dream, and new art innovations. Ragtime music was the theme music to the popular Roaring 20s. Money was of no object to people, and the parties never seemed to end. Unfortunately, the 1920s for black people meant a small portion of […]

Don’t Throw in the Towel…It’s Ragtime!

Don’t Throw in the Towel…It’s Ragtime! Thesis This simple creation of ragtime reveals how African-Americans are naturally creative, gifted, and advanced in the arts.  About Ragtime is a genre of music played on the piano. Ragtime gets its name because of the “ragged” nature of the upbeat piano playing. Ragtime music was the first time […]

Ragtime

Ragtime defines a performance style and practices like composing and dance. Ben Harvey claimed to be its inventor. It is a duality between oral and written music, between early jazz and classical music, and between African American and European American music. The words “ragtime” and “jazz” were used synonymously. Rag, or ragging, consisted of syncopated […]

Sue Keller

Women in Ragtime: Sue Keller Born on July 7, 1952, Sue Keller is a ragtime pianist who has served as the music director of the Scott Joplin Festival for 7 seven years and director and officer of the Word Old-Time Piano Championship for 14 years. Her musical intelligence was prompted from her many vocal, flute […]