The lecture builds on how Black Music is/was born as a response and tool to deal with and combat the oppression we face in everyday life. There is a connection and a common thread that weaves the mathematical compositions of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk to the science of Rakim and The Wu-Tang Clan. That same spirit of resistance and retaliation against Jim Crow shown by Ray Charles, or the attack on Governor Faubus by Charles Mingus also lived in N.W.A. when they took on the L.A.P.D. We have seen the genius of Charlie Parker with the flatted 5th and ingenuity of Grand Wizard Theodore with the scratch, it is all in our music and it is all in this lecture.

"From The Spirituals To Hip-Hop"
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