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The influence of Black artists and musicians is present everywhere from music to art, culture, film, and television. This month in honor of Black Music Month, we embarked on a journey to explore how Black music impacted not only key moments in history, but also the artists and songs that we listen to today borrowing from the teachings of our Blues Schoolhouse program. Our legacy is rooted in the blues. The music we all enjoy today is rooted in the blues. Blues was born out of the oppression, struggle, hope, and resistance experienced by African Americans in the late s. Black music started to reflect urban environments through amplified sounds, social concerns, and cultural pride expressed through music. It combined blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and gospel taking the form of fast paced dance music with highly energized guitar work appealing to young audiences across racial divides. The genre names were simply designations used by the commercial music industry to describe how the music was marketed to black vs white audiences. Social and cultural changes were occurring that set the stage for the coalescence of civil rights activism and its influence on music as the ultimate expression of a belief in American freedom. The s was a time of great turbulence and change.
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