Thelma Johnson Streat was a distinctive and multi-talented artist that emphasized intercultural appreciation. One of her most recognized artworks, Rabbit Man, can be seen permanently at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). Thelma Johnson-Streat also worked with other iconic artists such as Diego Rivera and she was the first African-American woman to have a painting exhibited at the MOMA in 1942 & her own television program in Paris. Streat was a mixed-media artist, who not only created paintings but also wanted to end stereotypes and prejudice through dance. She performed cultural dances and songs for many children in Europe, Canada, U.S, & Mexico to help them gain an insight & appreciation for cultural diversity. Although she was threatened by ignorant terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, Streat did not let this prevent her from expressing herself and emphasizing much needed truthful messages within her creations such as ”Death of A Negro Sailor ” & ”The Negro’s Contribution to Medicine and Veterinary Science”. She also created an educational visual program called ”The Negro in History.” Thelma Johnson-Streat (1911-1959) is an artist and innovative story teller that should not be forgotten. Her artistic expressions and educational works are inspirational and interesting. Here are a few of her acclaimed artworks.
Here are some of my favorite legendary songs that have been sampled and redone by rappers, who then recreated hits or classics all over again. These songs were already brilliant when first created, equally innovative/unique, and will always sound refreshing. The four videos I chose, in order are: ”Walk on By” Isaac Hayes Version, which was sampled by many including Notorious B.I.G in ”Warning”; Parliament Funkadelic’s ”Swing Down, Sweet Chariot (Let Me Ride), which was sampled by many including Dr.Dre & Snoop Dogg in ”Let Me Ride”; ”Funky Worm” by the Ohio Players, which was sampled by many including M.C Breed in ”Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin” & N.W.A ”Dopeman”, and Taana Gardner’s ”Heartbeat”, which was sampled by many including De La Soul in ”Buddy”. The words of Parliament Funkadelic from Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Let Me Ride) explains it all, ”….Light Years in time…ahead of our time….”
Manipulating the sound of a record while someone spoke on a microphone was not widely accepted less than 40 years ago. Before the musical art form we call Hip Hop and the method we know as rapping was an internationally recognized fixture in popular music culture, it was a underground innovative movement. It is always exciting and refreshing when a new form of musical style (which eventually is often considered a subgenre) has been introduced & created. Whether it was the origins of punk music with bands like The Kinks and The Ramones or the “college rock radio” era of alternative music with musicians such as R.E.M & The Smiths, they all have one thing in common. Rebellion. They all rebelled against what was popular and mainstream. Yet, often times in history an underground musical art form became a part of the mainstream popular music culture if it was accepted on a massive level. Case in point: Kurt Cobain was not comfortable with Nirvana’s music being a part of pop music culture (In Bloom song speaks about this). However, that is what “Grunge” music became…chart topping hits that was played continuously on heavily viewed channels such as MTV. Nevertheless, it was their decision to sign with a major record label, and “bandwagoners” naturally came with this. In fact, there is often a repeated pattern in music with this, which will probably always be. There are many factors such as generation, society/cultural events, technology, and demographics that correlate with an underground “alternative” sound being popularized. The problem is when a new musical style/sound starts off as fresh and different… then is transformed into something that has lost its “edge” and individuality due to exploitation in the music industry. The art of “underground”music becoming popular mainstream music has its pros and cons, all how we perceive it. Either way, music has & always will be an ever progressing art with many different colors. Hundreds of years from now what we listen to today, what we call “rebellious”, “alternative” or “innovative” in comparision to a “pop music” sound will be so interesting to compare with what sounds/styles may be introduced in the future. The evolution of all music is inevitable.
Above The Rim is not only a great movie, but the soundtrack-album is a classic as well. Here are three songs that were included on the soundtrack that are timeless and legendary. I’m pretty sure a lot of people have this soundtrack or these individuals songs on one of their playlists. This movie or these songs will never get old.
These songs are just a few good examples of how amazing 70s funk music was, is, & will forever be. The thing is, older people who grew up during this time are not the only ones who enjoy music like this…that is how you know when music is actually timeless and legendary. It doesn’t matter what era or generation, there are young people in my age group and younger who appreciate & love these classic artists. Good music has no expiration date, is never outdated, old, or whatever. Classic songs like these just sounds better and better as the time goes by.
I think that more than likely this video was probably a little disturbing to a lot of young kids who were growing up when this song first came out (1994). However, I bet they still kept their eyes glued to the T.V screen because it is interesting…but still very creepy.
Even though my daddy had been listening to Led Zeppelin and playing them in his car since I was a little girl, I actually started listening to Led Zeppelin when I was 13 years old back in like, 2006. Matter of fact, one of my first C.D’s was Led Zeppelin’s The Mother Ship Greatest Hits album, which was the album that was created for their last and final performance together. Ever since I heard ”Kashmir”, it has become one of my favorite songs by any artist or group. Kashmir was inspired by an area of Southern Morocco, while driving from Goulimine to Tantan in the Sahara Dessert. Just like many other people all around the world, this song is one of the reasons why I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Every aspect of this song is truly amazing, timeless, and helps define what it means to considered a ‘’classic’’. I could go on and on about the guitar riffs and the playing skills of Jimmy Page. The legendary bridge of this song has always been so mesmerizing to me. Led Zeppelin will be one of my favorite bands no matter what era, and I’m pretty sure generations to come will never forget them.