Music Assignments 9 pages total

Note : Please use the MLA in-text citation style: the author’s last name and the page number from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken, for example: (Smith 163). The question’s sources (attached files) and lengths are indicated in the questions. 

1. What elements of Black Music and culture are evident in the Rize video clip? Use

examples from Floyd and Leroi Jones (Baraka) to prove your points. (250-300 words)

Sources:

Samuel A. Floyd The Power of Black Music_ Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States (1995, Oxford University Press) 

 Blues People Baraka

Rize clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRHqvnV9Pfg&ab_channel=indebioscoop

2. Compare/contrast the Common Threads article with the video- The Story of OJ. What do

these two statements reveal about the impact of black culture and racism in America? Use

examples to prove your points. (250-300 words)

Sources: 

The Story of O.J video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM7lw0Ovzq0&ab_channel=JayZVEVO

Common Threads- NY Times article

3. Analyze the first two chapters of Toures Whos Afraid of Post-Blackness? Why is

keeping it real a prison in his estimation? Use examples from his book to prove your

points. (350-400 words) 

Sources:

Chapter One & Two: Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now Toure

4. What musical transformations occurred when African music came to America according

to Floyd? Use examples to prove your points. (350-400 words) 

Sources:

 Samuel A. Floyd The Power of Black Music_ Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States (1995, Oxford University Press) 

5. Analyze the film clip- Birth of A Nation. What does it reveal about Americas race

outlook in 1915? Now, over one hundred years later, in the light of the Black Lives

Matter Movement, is this film still relevant? Use examples from the film to prove your

points. (250-300 words)

Sources:

film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebtiJH3EOHo&ab_channel=Khalbrae

6. What is the role of signifyin and cultural memory as described by Floyd? How have

these concepts influenced future black musical styles? Use examples to prove your

points. (250-300 words)

Sources:

 Samuel A. Floyd The Power of Black Music_ Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States (1995, Oxford University Press) 

7. Describe the premise of the book and chapters from Dvorak to Ellington. What is

Dvoraks significance regarding his role and influence on American music? Give specific

examples from the text. (350-400 words) 

Peress Dvorak to Ellington scan

8. What is the result and meaning of blackface incidents? How does the song, Lift Every

Voice and Sing provide a response to blackface and the minstrel show tradition? Use

examples to prove your points. (350-400 words) 

Sources:

Jimmy Fallon Apologizes for Blackface Skit The New York Times

 Beyond College Campuses and Public Scandals, a Racist Tradition Lingers The New York Times