29 March 2013
The Roaring Twenties
The 1920s were an outburst of Black artistic and literary originality. America began to make progress as a society. The Harlem Renaissance was significant because it was an era in the 1920s when African-Americans made incredible improvements in literary works and art. This was a time for Blacks to show their talents to the world. The Harlem Renaissance was a time for African Americans to portray their culture through numerous categories including music, poetry, and dance. Many talented musicians came out during the Harlem Renaissance. There has been an abundance of musicians that have inspired other people to become as great as them. Born on April 15, 1894 Ms. Bessie Smith had a beautiful voice and she influenced many people every time she sang. People knew Ms. Smith as the “Empress of the Blues” (“Bessie Smith”). In 1919, one of the great blues singers by the name of “Ma” Rainey found Smith and became her mentor and trainer (“Bessie Smith”). Smith was a daring artist, and also very poised, she even sometimes hated the use of a microphone, but her music showed the everyday trials and troubles and the faith of the African-American community (“Bessie Smith”). She passed away on September 26, 1937 from critical injuries in a car accident, and her legacy still lived on (“Bessie Smith”). Another famous musician from the Twenties was Louis Armstrong; he was an African-American trumpet player, known as a music and jazz legend in his time. From an early age he had a great interest in music, and in the Waif’s home he learned how to play the cornet in their band in New Orleans (“Louis Armstrong”). Armstrong began having foreign tours in 1932, and he started performing in Broadway shows, innumerable jazz festivals, and even in many American and also foreign films (“Louis Armstrong”). Mr. Armstrong said,” Man, if you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know” (“Louis Armstrong”),...
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