As part of the 2016 Themester Beauty, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) hosted a presentation and panel discussion event in the Grand Hall of the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center. Comprised of IUB faculty members from the departments of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and African American and African Diaspora Studies, as well as a distinguished scholar and guest speaker Deborah Smith Pollard from Michigan State University, the panel explored concepts of beauty in music from two distinct, though related perspectives. Representations of gendered body images, male and female, served as one area of focus, while the second topic explored the body of aesthetic values which distinguish African American performance in ways which not only contrast, but often contradict those preferred by the larger American public.
Williams-Forson, Psyche A., Cooper, Tyron, Jones, Alisha Lola, Burnim, Mellonee V. (Mellonee Victoria), 1950-
A lecture and panel discussion exploring the intersections between sacred and secular African American music genres (funk, soul and gospel, in particular) and the ritual preparation and sharing of foods in promoting and sustaining African American communities, organized as part of Indiana University's Themester 2014 "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science." After an introduction by Dr. Mellonee Burnim (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology), featured guest speaker, Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson (Department of American Studies, University of Maryland College Park) provides a general introduction to the significance of food traditions as a signifier of African American life and culture (approximately 30 minutes). Following are shorter presentations by Dr. Alisha Lola Jones (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology) and Dr. Tyron Cooper (Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies), who explore unifying linkages between sacred and secular music and traditional African American foodways, signifying the complementary roles these cultural practices play in demarcating various aspects of African American identity. At the conclusion is a brief question and answer session. The panel was held on October 27, 2014, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., in the Grand Hall, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, at Indiana University, Bloomington. Presented by the Archives of African American Music and Culture; sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences—Themester; Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; and the Asian American Studies Program.
Classroom lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks to students in Fred McElroy's "Survey for the Culture of Black Americans" course (AAADS A150) offered by Indiana University's Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. The lecture took place in Jordan Hall 124. The lecture video available here was edited together from the camera footage.
Classroom lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks to students in Monika Herzig's "Music Industry II" course (SPEA A336) offered by Indiana University's Arts Administration Program. The lecture took place in Ballantine Hall 242. Note: the very beginning of Herzig's class introduction was not recorded. The lecture video available here was edited together from the camera footage.
Public Lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks in the Showers City Hall as part of Bloomington's Black History Month. The lecture was followed by a reception in the lobby of City Hall. The lecture video available here was edited together from the camera footage.
Public lecture by Logan H. Westbrooks in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall as the opening event of Indiana University's "Black History Month." The lecture was followed by a reception in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge. The lecture was shot using two separate cameras and lasted for approximately 75 min. The lecture video available here was edited together from the three video files of main camera footage.
Garrison, Sherri, Hill, A. Thomas (Gospel musician), Bryant, Rodnie, Burnim, Mellonee V. (Mellonee Victoria), 1950-, Grim, Valerie
Panelists: Sherri Garrison (Director of Worship, Eastern Star Church; Former Director, Gospel Music Workshop of America Women of Worship), Rev. A. Thomas Hill (Recording Artist; Pastor, Healing Streams Word & Worship Center), Rodnie Bryant (Founding Director, Christian Community Mass Choir; Tyscot Recording Artist); Convener/Moderator: Dr. Mellonee Burnim (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology);
Respondent: Dr. Valerie Grim, Chair (Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies).
Scott, Leonard S., Hobbs, Al, Cooper, Tyron, Maultsby, Portia K.
Panelists: Dr. Leonard Scott (Co-founder, Tyscot Records; Pastor, Rock Community Church), Al “The Bishop” Hobbs (Founder, Aleho Records; Former General Manager WTLC; Past Executive Vice Chair, Gospel Music Workshop of America); Moderator: Tyron Cooper (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology); Respondent: Dr. Portia Maultsby (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology).
Campbell, Lamar, Dixson, Liz, Williamson, Tracy (Sound recording executive and producer), Wiggins, Raynetta, Johnson, Sylvester A., 1972-
Panelists: Lamar Campbell (Recording Artist; Worship Leader, Emmaus Christian Church), Liz “Faith” Dixson (Radio Announcer, WTLC AM 1310),
Tracy Williamson (Founder TRE7, Inc., Artist Development, Marketing and Production Company); Moderator: Raynetta Wiggins (Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology); Respondent: Dr. Sylvester Johnson (Department of Religious Studies).
This panel explores the role of race, class, gender, and generation in shaping the multiple identities of participants in rock, as well as the ways that African American rock musicians have negotiated these identities within the context of the music industry, mainstream society, and African American communities. Video files consist of 29 sec. calibration pattern (not included here) and 115 minutes of footage from main camera and two files totaling 115 minutes of simultaneously recorded footage from side camera. One of the four video files is only 2 seconds long and does not contain any useable content (not included here).
This panel explores the status of rock in the 21st century—how rock is conceptualized/defined and how has it been transformed and reinterpreted; the role of African American musicians in this process; current trends in rock; the use of technology for creative, marketing and distribution approaches; the reception of Black rockers by the music industry, mainstream, underground, and international audiences; and African American communities, etc. Video files consist of 34 sec. calibration pattern (not included here) and 134 minutes of footage from main camera and 133 minutes of simultaneously recorded footage from side camera.
IU Soul Revue, Thomas, Suzanne, Blues Church (Musical group), Tamar-kali
Concert performance wrapping up the AAAMC conference "Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music." One of the nine video files contains a test pattern/calibration screen for the concert (not included here). Two of the nine video files do not contain any useable content and are not included here.
Crazy Horse, Kandia, Stew, Willis, Ike, Hollinden, Andy
This panel examines the following broad areas: (1) the ways in which African American rock musicians conceive of and define rock as a musical genre; (2) how rock is situated within the broader spectrums of African American music and American popular music; (3) the social and political context for the emergence of this music; and (4) the role of rock in African American community life. Video files consist of 14 sec. calibration pattern (not included here) and 117 minutes of footage from main camera and 117 minutes of simultaneously recorded footage from side camera.