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Of the countless American musicians to come out of the 20th century, Stevie Wonder is far and above one of the most influential. Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, began his musical journey singing in the choir of his childhood Baptist church. Undeterred by his blindness, which was a result of complications at his birth, he flourished as a musician, eventually performing his own song for Ronnie White of legendary R&B…Read More
The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a choral group dating back to 1871. Representing Fisk University, the Jubilee Singers were formed to help raise money for the newly established school. In part, African American slave songs became popularly recognized around the world thanks to this group. The group traveled around the United States for most of the next two years, eventually singing in the White House by 1872. As one of the first African American musical groups to be known worldwide, they encountered prejudice and aggression, all while disrupting the early, crude stereotypes created by the Blackface minstrel troupes. Sure enough, they became recognized for their artistry and the spiritual songs have been granted remembrance in history as, arguably, the first truly American music. The group continues today, having created several recordings and anthologies of music.
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O'Shea Jackson, known as Ice Cube, is an American Rapper born in Los Angeles, California. He was part of the notorious rap group N.W.A. for some years before he debuted his solo album, "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted." He has 10 solo studio albums, aside from N.W.A.'s own. Many say Ice Cube contributed to the popularity of rap with his unique lyricism. On top of his rapping career, Ice Cube is an actor and filmmaker. In 2016, recognized as a member of N.W.A., he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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