Bessie Smith

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  • Analysis Of St. Louis Blues

    Listening to the music produced by Bessie Smith called St. Louis Blues, some musical aspects come out clearly. Coming to be known as one of the fundamental jazz plays in history, it has comprised of the blues aspect in the rhythmic flow, a quality that had not been explored. The song by Bessie Smith uses the famous saxophone as the foremost redundant melodic flow that accompanies by Bessie Smith singing. There is also the vibraphone that is played in the background. The combination of these instruments bring out the jazzy flow coined with the rhythm and blues aspect making the song one of a kind. In the first listen, the expression of the singer, which seems acoustic in nature despite the background play bring out the message in the song. Based as a description of what used to mare the African American community, the song expresses the anguish especially in the tone of the song. The somber nature expressed in the lyrics of the song are in conjunction with the soft but squeaky musical instruments. The musical instruments in the first few seconds of the song are also catchy, with it taking twist from the opening tango melodies to the jazzy and blues musical arrangements.…

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  • Bessie Smith: 'Empress Of The Blues'

    Smith was born April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was an independent African-American woman who was born into a large and poor family. She was one of eight children. At a young age, both her parents and her two brothers passed away. Bessie started singing and dancing on the street with her brother which helped her poor family financially. Her career started when she got a job with Vaudeville. Was given the name “Empress of the Blues” for her ability to endure the obstacles that a…

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  • Gayl Jones Corregidora Analysis

    In Gayl Jones’ Corregidora one of the main texts focus and themes is centered and founded upon the blues. Through Ursa; the main characters singing of this specific genre of music, the reader is forced to recognize that Ursa’s singing ties in completely to her defined belief that her sole purpose is to “make generations” and her singing in a way fulfills that purpose as she in body can’t. The reader is given evidence to this by past recollections in the text, current statements that repeatedly…

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  • How Did Bessie Smith Influence The Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that inspired the black community. During this time period, black people expressed themselves in new ways, through art, music and writing. Bessie Smith was one of the highest paid black performers during this time and sang many popular hits, like “Backwater Blues” and “Downhearted Blues”. She was born in Tennessee in April, 1894 and had six siblings however, their parents died while Bessie was still a child. Bessie began singing in the streets with…

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  • Bessie Coleman Research Paper

    Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman has influenced many African American teens from Texas by opening a flying school and teaching other black women to fly, being the first black woman to earn a pilot's license, and working to inspire black aviators. Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas; she was the tenth of thirteen children. George Coleman, her father, was three quarter Cherokee Indian. Her parents worked as sharecroppers. (Carly Courtney, Disciples of flight) When she was 12 years old,…

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  • Smith Academy Reflection

    This past Thursday I visited the Smith Academy for Excellence and was surprised at how the school worked to help the boys learn best. We learned that most of the boys come from a poverty stricken neighborhood with many family problems. Along with this, a majority of the students were African American but there were also a few Caucasians and Latinos. The age/grade range of the boys is from second grade up until twelfth. They are extremely proud that this is the first year they will have a…

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  • Analysis Of The Movie The Pursuit Of Happyness

    How does one achieve a status of pure happiness? Is it having all the money in the world to spend? Is it being able to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones? Is it winning a championship title game? There is no one true answer that could possibly answer this ideal question. However, in the 2006 biographical drama film, The Pursuit of Happyness directed by Gabriele Muccino, happiness is practically non-existent for the case of salesman, Chris Gardner (played by Oscar nominated…

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  • The Pursuit Of Happiness Film Analysis

    who is unable to support and stabilize his living condition is the definition of being homeless; although he felt unappreciated by the people around him, he tried his best to overcome difficulties and determine to pursue his dream. Gardner ambition, along with his charisma and personality earns the trust of several people who signed contracts with the brokerage firm. The film shows Gardner, as the black face protagonist who endured many hardships. A different twist to seeing the protagonist…

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  • Analysis Of Nature Versus Nurture In In Cold Blood

    The nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, entirely reconstructed a horrific crime scene while depicting the lives of the runaway murderers. The author, Truman Capote, uses montage (a form of writing that switches back and forth) to allow the readers to see into the lives of the killers and the petrified people of Holcomb, Kansas. On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert, Bonnie, Kenyon and Nancy Clutter in their farmhouse. Floyd Wells, a previous cell mate of…

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  • An Old Stage Of Capitalist Development Was Globalized Capitalism Case Study

    United States pushed the world into an economic crisis. 3. In a capitalist system the major proportion of production and distribution is in private hands. 4. Socialism is a system characterized by public ownership of property and a planned economy. 5. Yugoslavia once approximated worker control socialism. 6. An old stage of capitalist development was globalized capitalism. 7. The phrase “laissez faire” means “to let…

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