Would Frederick Douglass listen to 50 Cent? By J.R. Spillman
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Are you looking for an interesting class to fulfill the 200 level English literature requirement for the fall semester of 2014? Look no further; check out English 236, African American Literature.
Have you ever heard a hip-hop or rap song come on the radio and wondered how the music we hear came into existence? Such music is just one example of the slow and deliberate progress made by African Americans throughout history, and if you join us in English 236, you will join in a fascinating journey through the literature, music, and art that has grown out of the traditional, African oral tradition. Much of the rhythm that defines modern music, poetry, and dance is inspired by the sacred and secular music that has consistently been a part of African American culture.
Current musicians, from 50 Cent and Gucci Mane to Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, have all been inspired in a variety of ways by the writers, poets, musicians, artists, and brilliant thinkers that characterize African American literature. Come and see how the cultural traditions and norms of 2014 can be traced back to the earliest Africans that stepped foot on American soil!
Together, we will unpack and connect the lives and art of various innovators, such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Charles Chesnutt, Gwendolyn Bennett, W. C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, and 50 Cent (just to name a few!).
*This course transfers into many university programs of study to fulfill the 200-level literature requirement, and in other programs of study, it will transfer as a 200-level elective. *