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  • Cones The Spirituals And The Blues
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    The Spirituals and The Blues Book Review The book, The Spirituals and the Blues, by James H. Cone, illustrates how the slave spirituals and the blues reflected the struggle for black survival under the harsh reality of slavery and segregation. The spirituals are historical songs which speak out about the rupture of black lives in a religious sense, telling us about people in a land of bondage, and what they did to stay united and somehow fight back. The blues are somewhat different from in the s...
  • Big Year For Bessie
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    Bessie Smith Meredith Kerr 2-21-00 Bessie Smith was born in a shack in Chattanooga, Tennessee around 1894. Black birth certificates were not kept very well back then, but that is the assumed date. In those times black women did not have many choices for careers, but Bessie's talent proved to be more than enough to give her a life as an entertainer. She began singing on street corners, her brother playing the guitar. In 1912 Bessie's brother got her an audition with Vaudeville, a traveling group ...
  • Colorful Of A Song As Armstrong
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    "The ABC's of 'Black and Blue' "Black and Blue" was one of Armstrong's greatest hits, it is hard to believe that a remade song could rank so high on his greatest. Armstrong had a unique way of taking a song that had already been published and making into his own work of art. "Black and Blue" is a song that can have a few different meanings depending on the way you look at it. "Black and Blue" can be described as abstract, bruised, and colorful. Armstrong was the greatest artist of his time and h...
  • Career As A Singer Ethel Waters
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    With all that Ethel Waters has contributed to music and film, it is surprising that she is often forgotten. She was a talented blues singer whose unique style distinguished her from other blues singers and she was a jazz vocalist as well. Her talent extended beyond singing, when she became a dramatic actress who earned award nominations for her performances. What was most remarkable about Waters' performances was how she reconstructed the mammy character into one that challenged stereotypes. Car...
  • Affirmation Of The Black Identity
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    The period of the Harlem Renaissance was a time of great change and exploration for African Americans. It was during this point in the early twentieth century that African Americans were exploring their cultural and social roots. With the rapid expansion of a cohesive black community in the area, it was only a matter of time before the finest minds in Black America converged to share their ideas and unleash their creative essences upon a country that had for so long silenced them. In the midst o...
  • Works With Mosley
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    Walter Mosley was born in Los Angeles in 1952. He currently lives in New York City. He has been at various times in his life a potter, a computer programmer, a poet, and a short story writer; he studied writing in the graduate program of City College of New York. The first title in his Easy Rawlins mystery series, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS was released in September 1990 to great critical acclaim. His first non-mystery, a novel about the blues, R.L.'s DREAM, was published by W.W. Norton in August 199...
  • 100 Of The Copper Metal
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    Intro In Lab #5 five we will be exploring the cycle of copper through many chemical reactions. What we are going to do is take a piece of copper metal put it through a series of reactions that change it's state of matter and chemical formula, but in the end, we will return it to it's normal solid state. The idea of this lab is to try to recover as close to 100% of the copper we started with. Theoretically, this is possible, but for inexperienced college students, retrieving 100% of the copper me...
  • Combination Of Country Blues And Attractive Performance
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    Women of the blues brought the black culture to a new chapter of recognition. They made blues as a popular music, and gave an opportunity to black culture to be accepted and also gave the people a chance to do something (a job) beyond the scope of plantation. They brought the blues to a performance stage and make it more universal so they can fit in not just to black listeners but also the white. Although on their first performance their blues were not considered as the real blues, because blues...
  • And Many Other Great Jazz Singers
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    Harlem Renaissance The Harlem renaissance was a time of creative ingenuity among blacks confined to the ghetto's of America by racism and an implied social class. In the Early 20's black's had progressed far enough along where some didn t need to work 16 hour days to make a living. This, coupled with the coming together of lots of blacks in ghetto's, the exposure of some blacks to European whites who weren t racist like American whites, combined to raise the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of bla...

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