Cruz stated that Motown was a black-owned business that was centered around black people, but it gave white people joyous, sad, romantic, mad, groovin, and movin music. Michelle Obama spoke in front of music students with some Motown legends. She believes that Motown made music for all people, and it helped pave the way for people looking at each other differently (Miller). Miller quoted Michelle Obama was quoted
Berry Gordy was an American record producer and songwriter. His claim to fame was the establishment of the renowned Motown record label and its affiliates. Motown became one of the most eminent music companies in the history of the U.S. Berry Gordy was born on 28th November 1929 in Detroit, Michigan and was the seventh child in a middle class family of Berry Gordy Sr. Berry’s siblings were all educated citizens however Berry wanted to become very rich very quickly so decided to drop out of school and become a professional boxer. He got interested in music by writing songs and soon opened the 3D Record Mart which was a store that featured jazz music. Unfortunately this venture was not successful.
WHY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH IMPORTANT When it comes to history the first thing you hear your classmates say, is”Not history again.” But what they don’t know and understand is that in order to became a better person you must not make the mistakes of the past generations, but learn from their mistakes and also do thing that have helped other people in the past to became better people. One such example is the slavery of Black African people that were brought in Africa and sold in America, were they worked on big cotton plantations under marginal living conditions. Although they were treated badly, underpaid and exploited they still stayed positive that they would one day return to Africa, the Lord of their ancestors. That day never come, instead the slaves mostly became Christians and started to live like their owners and today most African-American people you see are descendants of slaves.
Motown and Soul artists of the 1960’s Motown was established by the former boxer and automobile worker Berry Gordy and the help of his friend songwriter Smokey Robinson, in January 1959 on Detroit, Michigan. After a few years Motown owned by African-American became a cultural icon by selling singles and hits more than any other record company. Motown sound were a mix of African-American church music, pop and jazz with songs full of joyous, sadness, romantic, mad and growing music. The first original Motown records label was TAMLA and the first recording was “Come to ME” by Marv Johnson on January 1959 on TAMLA 101. The second Motown label is “Bad Girl” by The Miracles in September 1959.
History Of Jazz Mus 225 Professor Hebert A. Smith, M.A 1. Race Record played what value in the development of African American music. Prior to the emergence of rhythm & blues as a musical genre in the 1940s, "race music" and "race records" were terms used to categorize practically all types of African-American music. Race records were the first examples of popular music recorded by and marketed to black Americans. Reflecting the segregated status of American society and culture, race records were separate catalogs of African-American music.
For example, in the south, African Americans had little chance of being employed against white people, due to the discrimination of employers. This trapped blacks in a cycle of poverty; if they couldn’t get jobs, they couldn’t afford to pay poll tax so they could vote for someone who would improve their employment rights. Also, southern African Americans had few employment opportunities. For example, sharecropping and other agricultural jobs were the main opportunities. African American women were treated even worse than men.
As a nation we have accepted that blacks, like whites, have the same role in society. Parents raise their children to see personality not color, which is what Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. had taken great strides toward in their time. All it took was two men who wanted a brighter future for not only their children but all blacks. Malcolm X started life as an illiterate thief but returned to society as an admired orator in 1967. His story gave many African Americans hope.
He also died long before the invention of black women's studies. It is our responsibility as African American to keep pushing his positive vision and not to be afraid to go back to our communities and lead a helping hand. Only we can up lift our people and if we don’t do it simply won’t be done. We have to educate ourselves and keep moving
As the popularity of African influenced music in the African American community erupted, the up-beat rhythm and unique tune interested the younger white community. But in some cases “produced primarily for the black market, the songs have hit a responsive chord with white teenagers- but they are rushing to buy not the original versions but duplications by white acts…” (Tobler) that is how much of the back round of our African influenced music arrived and still arrives today. One very popular white that did “black” music and made more money then any African American could (at that time) make was Elvis Presley. As the artist formally known and The King Of Rock ‘n’Roll “Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis.
The Beatles were known as Americans Brittan invasion. Rock and roll has impacted our culture some say that the genre has helped with the civil rights movement because both African American teens and white American teens both enjoyed the genre of rock and roll. A myriad of early rock and roll songs dealt with issues of school, dating ,cars , and clothing the lyrics of the genre described a story with conflicts that the average person back then can relate too. Other topics that were considered “Taboo” such as sex began to be introduced to rock and roll. Taboo was considered that new music that tried to break the rules and express the emotions that younger people were feeling.