Abstract: Music and the Movement

Hello everyone! My name is Alexa Mason and I am currently a freshman at the College. This summer, I will be conducting research on how traditionally African-American genres of music, specifically Rap and Hip-Hop, function as protest songs. In this research, I will focus on the relationship between modern musical selections and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Some of the selections I will examine include Beyonce’s “Formation,” Prince’s “Baltimore,” and Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.”

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