In this assignment you will create an annotated playlist of an African American music genre (Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Soul, R&B etc. [however you cannot choose hip hop]).  The playlist must consist of ten (10) songs. For each song list:

1. Genre of Song
2. Song Title

3. Artist
4. Date of composition
5. Social and historical time period (Harlem Renaissance, Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement)
6. Impact of the songs on African American community and wider listening audience 

Genre of Playlist: Funk
Song: “Say it Loud- I’m Black and I’m Proud”
Artist: James Brown
Date: 1969
Time period: Say it Loud was released during the growing Black Power and Black Consciousness era of the late 1960s and 1970s.  
Impact: In the song, James Brown adopts the growing Black Power stance of the period and uses his music to influence young African American to embrace pride in their African ancestry. He details many of the struggles faced by Black during the time period in the lyrics.  Say it Loud has been sampled by R&B and hip hop artist and is considered one of the most important songs of the 20th century. (James Brown, “Role as an Artist“) 

You must include references and Works Cited page for the assignment.


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