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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 75.
Published: 01 March 1989
...Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Gates , Henry Louis , Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism . New York : Oxford University Press , 1988 . © Copyright 1989 JBSM /Jon Michael Spencer 1989 Book Reviews 75 Dvorak sums up the apocalyptic, eschatological...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 72–75.
Published: 01 September 1990
...Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Gates , Henry Louis , Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism . New York : Oxford University Press , 1988 . Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press 1990 flection and the goal toward which all of life strives"-is its...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 75.
Published: 01 March 1989
... of Pennsvlvania. Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Gate 's theory of Afro-American literary criticism is based on the notion of signifying, which he distills to mean a black person's symbolic aggression enacted...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (1): 74–75.
Published: 01 March 1989
... Ellison's analysis of blues as a secular idiom to Neal's treatment of blues as a sacred genre. Baker is Professor of English and Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations at the University of Pennsvlvania. Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 177–200.
Published: 01 March 1992
... that the majority of books on jazz have failed to represent adequately their object of study; he characterizes the "body of writing" which accumulated around the signifier jazz as "little more than an amalgam of well-meaning amateur criticism and fascinated opinion."5 He then notes a curious phenomenon...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 70–72.
Published: 01 September 1990
... Christian cultures, the ideal community-"the norm for ethical re- flection and the goal toward which all of life strives"-is its normative criterion, too. Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. The blues...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 98–124.
Published: 01 September 1989
... secular spirituality, particularly as performed on the concert stage, is replete with references to certain Afro-American religio-cultural practices that signify in the musical arena. For instance, Jackson's concerts thrive on call and response. His live performances mediate ritual structures...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 112–116.
Published: 01 September 1990
... citizens. It is a cognate commentary on what Chicago must have felt like for the migratory poor black. Despite the work of the social gospel in Chicago, the presence and pervasiveness of the blues signified an abiding secularism. It was in fact a radical secularism-bordering on hedonism, as Williams...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 60–67.
Published: 01 March 1991
... This" is a signifying call that rearticulates suppressed traditional African values that have survived and flourished despite EuroAmerican imperialism and cultural hegemony. Indeed, this African- 1 . By spiritual I am referring to all the signs, symbols, and behaviors that enable us to transcend the apparent limits...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 116–117.
Published: 01 September 1990
... signified life itself. Fifty-second Street was the street of jazz, the crossro~ds of rhythm . Dizzy and Bird trumpeted loolrleviews JJT and saxed, beat the bop in club cellars, syncopated odd phrases, and dropped flatted fifths from their toned brasses. Clubs bebopped when the city crowd-dancing, sweating...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 265–267.
Published: 01 March 1992
... of thought and that approximates or effects a type of conversion and salvation that is existential. This sacred and salvific knowledge is signified by the names of such rap groups as the Poor Righteous Teachers IPRT), the Intellectual Hoodlum, and KRS-One !Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 25–40.
Published: 01 March 1991
... rhetorical devices such as sounding, woofing, jiving, signifying, rapping, playing the dozens, telling toasts, boasting, and bebop talk. A principal aspect of the African-originated "orality" found in rap is nommo, the supernatural power of the spoken word. The rhyme and rhythm that appear throughout African...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 33–35.
Published: 01 March 1992
...) on the holistic cosmology of this people of African origin. That Oliver intended "devil's music" to signify "evil music" was evidenced by his claim that the blues was "somewhat bereft of 2 . Rob Roy, "If 'Jazz' Isn't Music to the Long Haired Gents, then What about Blues?" Chicago Defender, February 1, 1947, 19. 3...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 102–104.
Published: 01 September 1990
... would be interpreted as they were intensely singing and shouting. Since "to shout" means both to scream and to dance, "a-shoutin'" may very well signify the more trenchant of the two, namely, danced religion. Theomusicology would have to discern whether this is true or not. The point...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 1991
... sexualities and fuel the fantasy of the black penis and the illusion of the black rapist. As is perhaps most clearly signified by 2 Live Crew's "Dick Almighty,11 on the album As Nasty as They Wanna Be, white fear has made rap into a phallic symbol. This supports Fanon's longtime contention that whites view...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 85–87.
Published: 01 March 1991
... Know It's Breakin': Toward an Analysis of Break Dancing and Rap Music in Eugene, Oregon." Master's thesis, University of Oregon, 1985 . 11' Blade Sacred Musi, Journal Artitles Dixon, Wheeler Winston . "Urban Black American Music in the Late 8os: The Word as Cultural Signifier." Midwest Quarterly...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 47–50.
Published: 01 September 1990
... of African-American orature, the corpus of discourse which manifests nommo (word-power). With such a concern, black singing is a given; but nommo is also manifested in preaching, signifying, and rapping, genres that illustrate the tenacity of black speech and black song. Key elements in the manifestation...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 71–74.
Published: 01 March 1993
... from helping me, from the words of my groaning?" You feel orphaned and empty, no matter how old you are. If we are very close to the deceased, suddenly our world no longer makes sense. For the moment, it is a world full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. These are the chills of death 74 Black...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 104–107.
Published: 01 September 1990
... and to dance, "a-shoutin'" may very well signify the more trenchant of the two, namely, danced religion. Theomusicology would have to discern whether this is true or not. The point is that the preverbal a- seems to be interpreted today as an intensifier. This interpretation is supported by the fact...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 205–217.
Published: 01 March 1994
... on the part of the black church faithful of the old South; and second, that this accusation resulted from the imposition of Christianity's dualistic worldview on the holistic cosmology of this people of African origin. That Oliver in fact intended "devil's music" to signify "evil music" was evidenced by his...