1. Soul, Motown, and Funk
1) Read: Portia K. Maultsby, “Soul” (19 pages) In Burnim and Maultsby
2) Read: Portia K. Maultsby, “Funk” (19 pages) In Burnim and Maultsby
3) View: Soul Funk Black Power, PPT
4) Read: Charles Sykes “Motown” (21 pages) In Burnim and Maultsby
5) Read: Smith-Motown-Ch 6
6) View: Motown Politics 2020 PPT
7) Listening – Soul
a) Ray Charles – What’d I Say
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCm9RUV03dc b) Sam Cooke – A change is gonna come – 1963
c) The Impressions – Keep On Pushing
d) The O’Jays Love Train
e) Sam & Dave – Soul Man
f) The Staple Singers Respect Yourself Live Filmed Performance 1972
8) Listening – Funk
a) Say it Loud- I’m Black and Proud James Brown
b) Sly and the family Stone – Everyday People/Dance to the Music/Higher/Music Lover (Medley)
c) Parliament – Mothership Connection (Star Child) – Live Houston 1976
d) Parliament Chocolate City
9) Listening – Motown
a) Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want)
b) Martha & The Vandellas “Dancing in the Streets”
c) 1967 The Supremes – The Happening
d) Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
e) Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
f) Aretha Franklin – Respect  (Original Version)
g) I Care About Detroit – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
h) Willie Horton – Detroit Is Happening – City Of Detroit
I) The Temptations – War
J) Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
2. (Early) hip-hop
1) Read: Katina Stapleton, “From the Margins to the Mainstream: The Political Power of Hip-Hop” (15 pages)
2) Read: Jennifer Lena, “Social Context and Musical Content of Rap Music 1979-1995” (15 pages)
3) View: PPT – Early Hip-Hop
4) Listening – hip-hop
a) Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (Official Video)
b) The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (Official Video)
c) Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock (Official Music Video)
d) Fight The Power (Full Version) – Public Enemy
e) Body Count – Cop Killer
f) NWA f#ck the police
g) Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y. (Official Video)
h) just-ice & krs one – moshitup
3. Black Lives Matter
1) Read: BLM-music-excerpts
2) Watch: Stay Woke (doc film) (BLM) (38 mins)
3) Watch: 13th (2016, 100 mins)
4) Read: Guardian Article
5) Read: Rollingstone Article
6) View: BLM-Social Movements PPT
a) Lauryn Hill – Black Rage (#BlackLivesMatter Edition)
b) Janelle Monae- Hell You Talmbout (CDQ)
c) D’Angelo, The Vanguard – The Charade (Live on SNL)
d) Kendrick Lamar – Alright
e) Common, John Legend – Glory
f) KRS-One – Sound of da Police (Official Video)
h) KING BRITT performance at CTM 2017 – Fear Anger Love Festival for Adventurous Music & Art
Requirements of Works:
1). What is the difference between the terms – riot, rebellion, revolt, uprising, civil disobedience, unrest, protest, etc.? Some use various terms to describe the 1967 Detroit events, why?
[Review other riots, rebellions, revolts, and uprisings in (world) history; when are various terms used, why might that be?
the Boston tea party? The boxer rebellion? The Soweto Uprising? The Watts riots?
2). How has popular music responded to recent police violence and BLM protests? Post a song example and briefly discuss its content (i.e., lyrics, if applicable).
Respond to each of the following prompts. 1000 words minimum. Include works cited page; must cite all required readings and films at least once.
- What are the various meanings of the term ‘soul’? Who were some of the architects of this music? Why was their music sometimes considered controversial? Who objected to their music and why? How were some soul songs and artists directly related to the Civil Rights struggle?
- What is funk music? Who developed it? What is Black Power (ideology), and who were its primary voices? Give some examples of how funk music expressed the ideology of Black Power. Discuss the differences between Sly Stone’s political message in his music and that of James Brown.
- Discuss Motown’s approach to political expression; did it change over time? If so, when? Why? Discuss at least 3 Motown songs that you think have a clear political message.
- Discuss early (1970s-1990s) hip-hop music as an expression of social protest. Identify the major issues and artists, placing them in wider historical context. How does hip-hop act as a form of empowerment?
- Discuss how popular music relates to the Black Lives Matter movement. What does the movement stand for? When did it start? Include an exploration of at least 2 songs that express the ideas of this movement.
- Film 13th – complete the viewing guide (attached) and submit. Also, identify at least one song from the film and describe how it was used in terms of historical context, message, etc.;
3. Extra Credit:
Read the New Era of Public Safety Toolkit
Identify and explain 3 concrete actions that you can take to address police brutality and discriminatory policing. How might music contribute to these efforts? 500 word minimum
For this work, you have to post 3 files to me separately. one is discussion, one is assignment, and one is extra credit.