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    Examination 4 During the early and mid-twentieth century, America was viewed as a militant powerhouse to be reckoned with. Although America was respected for its military by foreign countries, the country faced its own racial struggles. These struggles were seen and ridiculed by foreign countries, especially by Russia. Porgy and Bess was sent to Russia to not only regulate the communist agenda but also to show Russia and the world that America took care of the blacks in its country. Although Porgy and Bess was used as… and revered by many, several African Americans did not see the opera as an accurate portrayal of their culture. Porgy and Bess, an operatic adaptation of Dubose Heyward’s novel Porgy, revolved around black life and culture during…

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    Summertime, from the folk opera Porgy and Bess, is a haunting, languid melody created by the highly esteemed American composer and pianist, George Gershwin. Gershwin was one of the twentieth-century’s most influential, beloved composers, and a multitalented musical genius. He composed numerous orchestral works for piano and jazz orchestra, and created popular musical compositions for several stage works and films. Gershwin’s most famous piece, however, is undoubtedly Rhapsody in Blue. I have…

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    Maya Angelou's Life

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    single parent. She worked as a waitress and cook but never give up on her dreams and endless talents. In the year of 1952, Angelou married a greek sailor named Anastasios Angelopulos. When Angelou’s career began as a nightclub singer she decided to take on the name “Maya Angelou” combining her nickname and a shorten form of her husband’s name. It was Angelou’s brother that give her the nickname “Maya.” As a child he was unable to pronounce her name because of a stuttering problem and…

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    The 17year old Angelou gave birth to her son Clyde Guy Johnson and supported him while working as a waitress and a cook. She wrote and her autobiography “I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS’’ that became pregnant after having sex with a boy to prove she wasn’t a lesbian. Johnson is her only child. 1952 Maya got married to Greek Sailor Enistasious Tosh Angelou. Maya traded in her waitress uniform for a microphone she became a singer taking the name Maya Angelou. The marriage didn’t last but her…

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    childhood years, Angelou began her journey to success. Angelou attended George Washington High School in San Francisco and took lessons in dance and drama on a scholarship at the California Labor School. During this time she also worked as the first female and black street car conductor(Poetry Foundation). She later began a short term sexual relationship and gave birth to her son, Guy, at the young age of sixteen. For support in raising her son, Angelou began working other jobs as a nightclub…

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    She enjoyed dancing and acting. During the 1950s, she started working as a performer. She played a character in Porgy and Bess, her life as a performer soon grew (Maya Angelou Author, Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Poet(1928–2014)). She wrote and produced multiple productions and became the first black women to become a director in Hollywood. She wrote the film Georgia in 1971. She wrote many poems and books for people telling about her life. After her book, I Know Why The Caged Bird…

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    Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera composed in 1934 by George Gershwin, with a libretto written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin from Heyward's novel Porgy and later play of the same title. Porgy and Bess was first performed in New York City on September 30, 1935, and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. After suffering from an initially unpopular public reception due in part to its racially charged theme, the…

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    Blue Monday. It was only one act and it was based on jazz. The genre of the opera was folk opera ("Gershwin 's Operas and Musicals"). Folk opera is a combination between jazz music and classical music. Numerous musicals and operas took their shape from jazz music ("Gershwin 's Operas and Musicals"). Operas and musicals are different things but they both originated from jazz. “There 's no doubt the musical brilliance of the George and Ira Gershwin, Porgy and Bess operatic adaptation of the…

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    culture the opportunity to begin to understand it. Lincoln is quoted as saying that the play’s author, Harriet Stowe, was “the little lady who started the war [of civil rights].” Much later, “Shuffle Along” was the first to depict two black characters in love. At the time people didn’t believe that black people had romance, this show paved the way for black entertainers and black musicals. It continued to show mainstream culture that one race was not more human than the other as well as offer…

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    Summertime Song Analysis

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    According to Floyd, “summertime” was the opening song written by George Gershwin for his folk opera porgy and Bess in 1935 which was an easy lullaby (218). Summertime was an aria and it is somewhat attributed to Ira Gershwin. The song became a well-liked hit and to a great extent recorded jazz standard and its lyrics written by Dubose Heyward who is the author of novel porgy. This song was been labeled as on the classics by many and to a large extent a xenophobic minstrel by others. Regardless…

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