African American Music
Black Power Movement- A movement of the late 1960’s and early 1970s that emphasized Black unity, Black pride, and self-determination Burnt-cork/blackface makeup-Make up used by minstrel performers to blacken their faces in caricature of African Americans Gospel Music- A play with a theme loosely derived from biblical stories, featuring music that either imitated or was directly drawn from African American gospel traditions Minstrel Show- Full length theatrical entertainment featuring performers in blackface who performed songs, dances, and comic skits based on parodies and stereotypes of African American life and manners Musical Comedy- A play with humorous content featuring songs that advances the storyline Revue- A series of brief skits mixed with songs and dances
Uncle Tom- A derogatory term for a black person seen as supporting rather than challenging the racist power structure. The term is based on the empathetic title characterof Harriet Beecher Stowe’s1852 Novel Vaudeville- Theatrical from consisting of a variety of unrelated performing acts, including actors, singers, dancers, acrobats, comedians, magicians, trained animals, and other specialty acts How where African Americans portrayed on the theater stage prior to the civil war? * Because popular theatricals throughout history have delineated lampooned, and translated contemporary life, African Americans were portrayed for the American public well before they had full control of the messages given out by actors or directors in formal works for the stage. African Americans served as models for white actors What is a minstrel show? How did it develop? Who were the key performers? What was the musical and thematic content of the minstrel show, and how was it structured? * The minstrel show is a full length theatrical entertainment featuring performers in blackface who performed songs, dances, and comic skits based on parodies and stereotypes of African American life and...
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