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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 207–214.
Published: 01 September 1992
... endured by other Negroes. Many white peo­ ple have been inclined to feel indulgent toward them maybe not accepting them as equals, but at least meeting their efforts with appreciation rather than hostility. In many instances, whites have imitated the products of Negro creators, sometimes giving credit...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 162–174.
Published: 01 September 1995
... in a fascinating subject. Many of the books deal with the Negro through the words of the songs he creates, in a sense permitting the Negro to tell his own story. This is good from a purely sociological point of view, but it obviously represents only half of the creative side of the Negro. Then there is the writer...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 182–194.
Published: 01 September 1995
... power in the creation of art. It seems that this fact about Negro folk music is the most fundamental of the many facts I have discussed. It can be said with authority, backed by a good deal of vigorous evidence, that the Negro often finds his music claimed by the white man with a sense of proud...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 114–123.
Published: 01 September 1992
... aspects, or how pleasing they are to the ear. They lack a fundamental "something" that belongs only to the Negro. Composers Borrow from Negro It is not surprising that many American composers have borrowed from the Negro, for some of the acknowledged European masters have also been fascinated by our music...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 29–33.
Published: 01 September 1991
... Troubadours, the various musical extravaganzas of Cole and Johnson, and of Williams and Walker, and others, will readily recall the fact that many features, especially the chorus singing, far surpassed anything similarly presented by white people. These Negro companies very wisely chose themes which would...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 124–132.
Published: 01 September 1992
... doesn't want to be stuffy. He wants to laugh too, but until a few decent portrayals come along, he has to be a crusader. There may come a day when the Negro will have seen so many other sides of Negro life on the screen that he can afford to condone quaint Negro characters and folky acting. At present he...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 66–74.
Published: 01 September 1995
... creation is to deal in platitudes. They are generally agreed to be the best and noblest of the many Negro folk songs (a point not agreed to by all), but they were and are not the only true, significant, and important of the songs emanating from the Negro. In fact, there are certain elements of the Negro...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 245–251.
Published: 01 September 1992
... Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press 1992 My Arkansas Boyhood What with all the propaganda being disseminated nowadays, it may be hard for many people to believe that my boyhood was as it was a typically American one, far removed from the ordinary concept of a little colored boy growing...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 102–103.
Published: 01 September 1991
.... A misunderstanding of this music was created many years ago, by its having been introduced in a large way by a minstrel company. An idea that the spiritual was essentially funny, or something to be laughed at, naturally resulted. But of late years the appearance of the spiritual in solo form on the programs of many...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 136–143.
Published: 01 September 1992
.... When he asked if there were any special songs that he could sing for us, a shrewd look came over Mr. Handy's face. "I am going to find out about something," declared the Father of the Blues. "Langston Hughes once told me that in his travels to many parts of the world, he found that the 'St. Louis Blues...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 177–188.
Published: 01 September 1992
... was the late Harry T. Burleigh. There was a man who could create beauti­ ful music of his own. His more than two hundred songs include "Jean" and "Little Mother of Mine" which found permanent places in the repertoires of many famed concert singers. Had he wished to do so, Dr. Burleigh could have gone on all...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 34–41.
Published: 01 September 1991
... memorable. It is a well-known fact that in practically none of the colored churches of the better class, does the primitive Negro folk song find any place. This is not altogether due to the charge often made that the Negro is trying to forget or divorce himself from the past. The trouble is that many songs...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 257–260.
Published: 01 September 1992
... composer should be one whose studies in many fields, added to his natural talent, enable him to try, at last, to walk in the paths of those master musicians who wrote in larger forms: symphonies, operas, chamber music, and so on. Of course, writing songs and arranging Spirituals do call for many...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (1): 65–71.
Published: 01 March 1988
... song find any place. This is not altogether due to the charge often made that the Negro is trying to forget or divorce himself from the past. The trouble is that many songs which in slavery days probably were full of real or implied significance seem almost meaningless since Emancipation; and when...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 75–80.
Published: 01 September 1994
..., and the ghosts of my forefathers rise and fall with the undulating waves. Across these same waters bow many years ago they came! What were the inchoate mutterings locked tight within the circle of their hearts! In the deep, heavy darkness of the foul-smelling bold of the ship, where they could not see the sky...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 157–163.
Published: 01 September 1992
... be easier to get a start if one is colored and happens to find one of the many sympathetic white Americans who are willing to help. Insufficiently prepared though, a Negro quickly loses out, even after an auspicious start. A good break," to be effective, has to be bolstered by an enormous amount...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 12–24.
Published: 01 March 1991
... to denigration, and rap music came under attack from both white and black quarters. Is rap really as dangerous as many would have us believe? Or are there redeeming characteristics to rap that warrant serious, critical attention, as opposed to dismissive condescension? I will attempt to answer these and other...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 120–129.
Published: 01 September 1991
... Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press 1991 Negro Music In the discussion of a subject so specialized as Negro Music, one must take into account the effect of tradition; and though, when compared with the Old World, it may seem that America is too young to have many traditions of much...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 169–172.
Published: 01 September 1992
... Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press 1992 A Vital Factor ín America's Racial Problem Because it is now that America's racial problems must be clarified and we hope! solved, there has been much discussion in books, periodicals, over the radio and by word of mouth. Many aspects...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 71–74.
Published: 01 March 1993
.... Death is neither an enemy nor an evil. It is what many of our forebears talked about in the words of that familiar gospel hymn: 0 they tell me of a home far beyond the skies, 0 they tell me of a home far away; 0 they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise, 0 they tell me of an unclouded day. 0...