Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud
James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA. He is known as the godfather of American Soul Music. In 1953, James began his singing career. He joined Bobby Byrd led by the four singing group "Gospel Starlighters". James Brown recorded a total of 50 albums, singles over 119. At 1:45 on December 25, 2006 in the United States, unfortunately he died of pneumonia at the age of 73 years.
Prior to 1954, the US southern states remained on racial segregation. Such systems blacks forced to accept inferior education, inadequate use of public facilities, so that they suffered endless insults and injuries. May 17 that year, the Supreme Court, "Brown v. Topeka, Kansas …show more content…
In addition, this song gradually became an unofficial anthem of the Black Power movement. This song sounds cheerful and direct. Through the melody, people can get that he was not menial to be a black man. On the contrary, he felt proud. James Brown expressed dissatisfaction through this song and support for racial discrimination against the black power movement. This song is James Brown and his band sang together. But James Brown is this song’s main singer. This song is divided into two parts, the first part up to 2 minutes and 45 seconds, but the second part is shorter than the first part of the time, the time of the second section is 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Through two parts of the song by singing, telling black people was misfortune before 1960s, and now yearning for life. Each black had unlimited energy. Previously, only the black slaves to earn a little by little return to work, but now everyone has their own right, to get their jobs and social status. Now for blacks, it is something to be proud of, because of their social status and equal rights with whites, blacks this is the result of joint efforts. For these efforts, some blacks even paid with their lives. Such as Martin Luther King. The purpose of this writing of the song or not to make money or commercial for the purpose. Because at that time, this phenomenon is the increasing number of apartheid, such as white and black working environment is not the same. people can seen from the lyrics, black work is being bullied and oppressed. If blacks do not work or do not obey the landlord 's arrangements, they will be beaten against the wall. The lyrics are simple. In this song, James Brown repeating of “I am proud and I am black,” which is now showing black rights and social status make them feel proud. Whenever James Brown singing "I am proud and I am black", the female voice will repeat the phrase again singing the