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Transcript of Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement which inspired African Americans to take pride in their heritage and celebrate their culture. African Americans, who suffered from racial discrimination due to the Jim Crow Laws, found a way to express themselves through music, literature and even cooking. However, African Americans found they needed to seek asylum in order to have any chance of 'freedom'. Many African Americans migrated (look at that vocabulary usage!) to Harlem seeking refuge.
Music was one of the many ways African Americans found a way to release their frustrations and express themselves. Their music was full of soul and meaning. Some call jazz the freedom tale. Some of the most famous musicians of the Harlem renaissance were... Louis Armstrong Billie Holiday Duke Ellington Eminem Drake Lil Wayne The Harlem Renaissance
was a great revolution of
music. Its roots go back
to the beginning of pop
culture music--music halls
on Tin Pan Alley. From this
sprung ragtime piano,
which fused with blues
gospel and stride piano to
produce hot jazz. Jazz
music found its venue in
nightclubs, and these very
nightclubs mark the source
of all of Harlem's culture
at the time. These very nightclubs were the host of another large cultural factor of the Harlem Renaissance- fashion. The new provocative music encouraged new provocative clothing. Flappers, scantily clad women adorned in lace and sparkles, stepped onto the scene of Harlem and into the heart of American clothing. Women's rights activation had a lot to do with the change in fashion as well. Women cut their hair to display their individual power and that they deserved more than what was being offered. Harlem is the home of another American favorite: soul food. A giant in the soul food industry at the time was Madame C. J. Walker, the first daughter of slaves to become a self-made millionaire. Soul food came from the South and into Harlem when many African Americans flocked to Harlem for cultural expression. It consists of foods like fried chicken, collard greens, hushpuppies, peach cobbler, gumbo, catfish, and more. Perhaps the most revoltuionary and far-reaching aspect of the Harlem Renaissance was the change in writing. Poets like Langston Hughes shifted towards the blues in style, which was quite a controversial move. Many African Americans were still ashamed of their heritage and afraid to show their cultural flairs. Hughes wrote without shame and held true to what he wrote. His bold style encouraged progress in other forms of African American cultural expression. Much of popular culture's music today draws its roots from the Harlem Renaissance. Not only did the blues have a great amount of influence in rock and R&B, but the encouragement of the expression of African American culture helped to foster the growth of styles like rap. Much of today's clothing also draws it roots from the Harlem Renaissance. Before the Harlem Renaissance, fashion was conservative and modest. As the HR progressed, however, women started to show a little more and dress a little flashier. This connects directly to the way women dress today. Clothing has become less and less modest and has begun to cover less and less. The same goes for the hair styles. Now women don't only cut their hair short, but they dye their hiar as well. Often times, women express their individuality and messages through their clothes and hair styles. Sould food today is almost exactly the same as soul food of old, like in the Harlem Renaissance days. African Americans have stayed true to their heritage as they learned to do during the Harlem Renaissance, especially in the sense of cooking. The unashamed expression of heritage of African Americans that began in the Harlem Renaissance has remained a theme in African American literature and poetry, and in literature and poetry in general. Langston Hughes wrote in the blues style regardless of criticism, and this has encouraged artists since and artists now to express themselves in similarly shameless ways. Music today is all about expressing heritage. A very popular form of music is rap, which is typically based on the key issues of life, sometimes particularly in the African American culture. Rap is less musical and more percussionisitic, but it is still an important form of self-expression in popular culture. People's fashion senses of today are definitely something else. Many people dress on the edge to express their individuality, even at the risk of being considered strange. Whether bold or plain, there are two common themes in most clothing: risque amd unique. Fashionable people aren't afraid to reveal their inner, or their outer, for that matter. Soul food is just as lip-smackin' as ever! The End By: Shea, Stephanie, Brenly Work Cited Google Images
1920's Fashion and Music
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