Black Swan Records Assignment
African Americans in the Entertainment Business
What did it mean for an African American to be a professional entertainer in the first two decades of the twentieth century?
It seems that both songs seemed to talk of the hardships endured by African Americans during the early 20th century but the Text: Bert Williams, "The Comic Side of Trouble" (1918) seems to talk of the singer be so disillusioned by what he was forced to sing day after day like the music he had sung was more like a punishment. It can almost be said the songs catered to the white populace were more of a retrospect on what is going on but no so much as to the moral strife that still plagued the land. With that said his signature song may nobody allowed him to escape most of the criticism from African Americans that plagued most other artist in his time period due to his subliminal message.
African American Comedian Burt Williams though was able to reach both African Americans and whites by just using universal communication such as humor he wwas remembered as strictly as a comedian who tried to did nto hide messeages or have a sub context.
Teaching the Article
Music, Sound, and Race
What ideas are brought to discussions of black music and of race in music? Why did African Americans dedicate Harry Pace to recording so many different kinds of music, even though blues records paid Black Swan's bills?
Harry Pace attempted to diversify they many types of music that Black swan distributed due to this reasoning that was popular during the turn of the century "Africans and their descendants were biologically inferior to other humans, so their music must belong to a distinct,