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African American Tribal Music – The Emancipation

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley The Jan 1, 1863 Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln is a very important mark for the Blues People as it would forever change the dynamic of the African American experience and interactions in America, as well as the expressions that represented our daily life. Though this particular entry is titled “the Emancipation”, we will also discuss The Reconstruction Period and Jim Crow because it is as a simultaneous combustion how these three events ruptured through the African American communities. To confirm this fact, let’s just…

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Who’s Got the Blues & Why Lecture – Dr. Daphne Duval-Harrison

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley Dr. Daphne Harrison, former Chair of the Africana Studies, and Dr. Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History, joined the Marc Steiner Show on Tuesday, June 19, for a segment called Juneteenth: Holiday Commemorating the Abolition of Slavery in Texas. The oldest known celebration of the abolition of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Who’s Got the Blues & Why is presented by Dr. Daphne Duval-Harrison and takes a look at the development of “Blues” music through…

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African American Tribal Music – The Beginning

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley African American Tribal Music The heritage and culture that are the foundation of what I like to call “African American Tribal Music” are the products of two continents – Africa and America. They stem from a long tradition passed down generations prior to arriving to the New World, mixed with events and conditions that were faced during a heinous period in American History by those who were captives and brought by force as well as those that were here before Columbus who also became captives. …

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Treme – African American Tribal Music and The Black Experience

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley Most people don’t think to associate the word Tribe or Tribal with African American. For the most part, African and Native American usually comes to mind. However, the irony of the names “African American” and “Native American” are really names that describe the same group of people.  Recently, I lost my last remaining grandparent. My Granddad Walter Pearley Sr. From Bellerose Louisiana. He lived in the East Bank of New Orleans. So, in tern, my family and I watched the entire four seasons of Treme…

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The Heartache of Leaving a Legacy as an African American

The Heartache of Leaving a Legacy as an African American Written By: Lamont Jack Pearley What is the legacy you wish to leave? That is the question I’ve been asking myself way before I was blessed to have kids. What will be my legacy? What will I be able to leave my children that isn’t debt? Then I had kids, and they definitely came in abundance! The quest and fight to leave a legacy that would be spiritually, physically and financially viable to them became not only a major focus,…

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The Black South in Chicago – Federal Writers Project

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley I came across this piece in the “American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940” after discussing Margaret Walker and her being hired by the Federal Writers Project in 1936 on today’s show! This is one of the many manuscripts that are part of the collection. Which the The Slave Narrative is also a part of. It is a very interesting take on the time and climate of Black Chicago. A look into the Black Experience that Cultivated African American Tribal…

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Slave Narrative – Lucius Abernathey Interview

Published By: Lamont Jack Pearley Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA). At the conclusion of the Slave Narrative project, a set of edited transcripts was assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States…

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The Social Implications of the Negro Spiritua

Published by Lamont jack Pearley In my studies and research, I was reminded of an article written by John Lovell and I encourage yu all to read it. I will be conducting a thesis or utilizing it in an upcoming video.   The Social Implications of the Negro Spiritual* JOHN LOVELL, JR. Early Criticism of Spirituals May 30, 1867 is an important date in the history of Negro culture. On that date, in the New York Nation, there appeared a notice of the first attempt to collect and understand Negro…

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Essay: The Origin of Blues Music – Its Connection to Africa and Its Influence on Other American Music Genres

Written By: Valerie Turner February 28th, 2017 The Origin of Blues Music – Its Connection to Africa and Its Influence on Other American Music Genres Many people associate the origin of Blues music with the Mississippi Delta in the late 1800s, just after the end of the Civil War. While this is basically true, we need to dig deeper to understand the true origin of this music. We need to return to the time when millions of Africans were brought to the New World against their will – these men…

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The Blues, Black Pain, and Its Psychological Effect

Published by: Lamont Jack Pearley   Why are we as Black folk so possessive of the Blues? Yes, we proved the argument that any other ethnicity doesn’t have to fight for their tradition or heritage. We all know that this music, culture and tradition was brought here during the Middle Passage and landed in the fields of the “New World”. We also know that the dialect, the rhythms and first recordings were of the Black diaspora. But what makes this so deep rooted for Black Folks, African Americans? Could it…

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