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Hey Black Music & Culture Friends and Family!! Do you have your copy of Liner Notes?!? The Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University is celebrating 30 years!! Be sure you and/or your institution is on their mailing list.
In our continued collaboration with Archives of African American Music and Culture, we hope you take time to explore music of some of the Black composers featured in sound recordings and music manuscript collections at aaamc.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/593wAsrLY0vpjr3ydJJ1Y5?si=SNlWMdYVQb6-1LEb0sBzdA&utm_source=copy-link
Sunday, October 24th at 5pm, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra - Indiana will make the Indiana premiere of Florence Price's 4th Symphony. Price is considered to be the first African American woman to be rightly recognized as a symphonic composer and much of her compositions have received renewed attention following her death. Sponsored by Archives of African American Music and Culture

Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Kennedi Johnson will be playing the flute at this performance! You can watch in person or via livestream, get tickets here: https://bctboxoffice.org/event/wade-in-the-water/

On Saturday, October 23rd from 4:30-5:30p she'll be moderating an informal panel of folks that speak to Black composers and musicians, Negro spirituals, Black musical pedagogies as found within and without the Western music school/conservatory, etcetera. She'll be joined by fellow Ethnomusicology PhD student Andre Cardine. The panel will be on Zoom, link forthcoming.
This week's Melanated Moments In Classical Music is with my friend and colleague Alisha Lola Jones, PhD speaking with Joshua Allen and me about the amazing composer Florence Price. The podcast has almost reached 10K listeners (from around the world)! Hope you'll listen to this and all the episodes and share it with music educators and others.

Classical Music Indy Music by Black Composers - MBC Florence Price CAAPA - Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts Morning Brown, Inc Oberlin Conservatory Indiana University National Museum of African American Music Archives of African American Music and Culture National Association of Negro Musicians

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Wow! Just wow. The feature on Portia Maultsby is amazing. Thank you AAAMC Speaks: Portia Maultsby YouTube Watch Party!!
"'On Solid Ground' offers a little something for everyone, but Reggie Harris’s hard hitting, provocative tracks that address injustice, encourage dissent, and challenge the status quo are definitely the highlight of the album." – Black Grooves ⭐

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Tomorrow at 12PM EDT the ATM Director, ATM Librarian, and Archives of African American Music and Culture's Head of Collections will present a virtual event for the IU Librarians Association titled "Library Collections You Can Dance To!"

All are welcome to join us, but registration is required: go.iu.edu/3MgH
I used to hear the old folks say, “give me my flowers while I’m living.” I truly understand that now. Thank you Dr. Tyron Cooper and the Archives of African American Music and Culture for this great honor. Many times as artists, we just want to know that someone is listening or enjoying the art that we create and are so passionate about. I’m grateful. 🙏🏽 IU Soul R***e African American Arts Institute Indiana University IU Jazz Studies

https://youtu.be/Q8-IXBhaCy8
I really can’t believe that Dr. Tyron Cooper and the Archives of African American Music and Culture thought enough of me to include me in this amazing series. I’m a proud alum of Indiana University, and it’s awesome to know that they are proud of me as well. 🙏🏽

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Tonight is the night! Get to know more about Mike Burton ahead of tonight's Episode 3 premiere! 7PM EST on the IU Bloomington YouTube Channel [Link In Bio] 🎥🎬🍿

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Since graduating from Indiana University, Mike Burton has made a name for himself in the music industry, playing with Grammy Award-Winning artists all across the world. Meet Mike in Episode 3 of AAAMC Speaks, an Indiana University Documentary Series.

🎥 Don't miss Mike Burton: This Man is Everywhere With Everybody | AAAMC Speaks

📅 This Friday, April 9th, 7PM EST

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The latest edition of Black Grooves (Archives of African American Music and Culture) feature reviews of Logan Richardson's "AfroFuturism" ("[AfroFuturism] will take listeners to the next dimension and beyond") and Marques Carroll Trumpeter's "The Ancestors’ Call" ("[a] stellar debut quintet album"). Check out the April issue here!
For #ForsythFineArts Friday, we are featuring the Archives of African American Music and Culture. Visit virtually at https://aaamc.indiana.edu #BlackHistoryMonth2021 #FCSDEI

Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era.

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Photos from Archives of African American Music and Culture's post 03/25/2022

Tonight is AAAMC Speaks Season 2 premiere featuring Dr. Teresa Hairston! ✨

Dr. Hairston is a woman of many connections! From Kirk Franklin to Lamar Campbell, Dr. Hairston is a well-known name in the Gospel industry as a trailblazer.

Her episode premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST on IU Bloomington’s YouTube page. 🍿
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03/22/2022

We can’t wait for you to join us on Thursday night for an exciting conversation with Official Hezekiah Walker and Dr. Teresa Hairston, moderated by our director Dr. Tyron Cooper!

Bishop Walker and Dr. Hairston will not only discuss their personal legacies, but also how they are ensuring the legacies of future gospel musicians, educators, and industry leaders. For example, did you know about the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music?

Recently founded by Bishop Walker at the historic HBCU Virginia Union University, the Center is the first academic institution of its kind to teach both the art and business of gospel music and features Dr. Hairston as the instructor of the Center's Gospel Heritage class!

03/21/2022

Exciting news! The fourth episode of AAAMC Speaks, "Portia Maultsby, A Renaissance Woman," will be premiering on the big screen at the Hoosier Films Festival this upcoming Saturday, March 26th. The episode will be played alongside other short films during the 3:30pm timeframe at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets to Hoosier Films Festival can be purchased online at https://festival.hoosierfilms.com/get-tickets/ 🎬

03/21/2022

Who is Teresa Hairston? | AAAMC Speaks Returns March 25

IU's AAAMC Speaks is back! The new episode will feature the collection of Dr. Teresa Hairston, founder of Gospel Today Magazine 🎶

Don’t miss out on this special episode featuring women entrepreneurship and finding guidance through Gospel ⛪️

Tune in to AAAMC Speaks Season 2 premiere on March 25th at 7:30pm EST on Indiana University Bloomington’s YouTube page!

RSVP: https://events.iu.edu/provost/event/509676-1

Indiana University IU Arts and Humanities Council Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center IU Folklore & Ethnomusicology IU Bloomington Office of the Provost Indiana University Diversity IU Libraries Teresa Hairston Official Hezekiah Walker

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03/18/2022

AAAMC Speaks is back for Season 2! Our first episode will feature Dr. Teresa Hairston 🎶

Dr. Hairston is a Gospel industry and media mogul. In 1989, this pioneer started the longest-running and most widely-distributed Christian Lifestyle magazine known as Gospel Today.

She continues to be a part of the industry while breaking barriers by founding the Gospel Heritage Foundation and hosting her TV show Higher Impact.

Don’t miss out on this special episode featuring women entrepreneurship and finding guidance through Gospel ⛪️

Tune in to AAAMC Speaks Season 2 premiere on March 25th at 7:30pm EST on Indiana University Bloomington’s YouTube page!
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"Lets Dance (remix)" - Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir f/ BBJay & Dave Hollister 03/16/2022

"Lets Dance (remix)" - Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir f/ BBJay & Dave Hollister

Do you know why Hezekiah Walker is called the “Hip Hop Pastor”?

Given the nickname by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Bishop Walker has always combined music with ministry to reach younger generations. A perfect example of this can be heard in his hit single, “Let’s Dance (Remix)” featuring rapper B.B. Jay and R&B singer Dave Hollister.

As an ordained minister, Bishop Walker established the Love Fellowship Tabernacle church in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY in 1994. Today, he continues to share his gift of spreading the gospel and gospel music as the Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle churches in Brooklyn and Bensalem, PA.

To hear more about Official Hezekiah Walker's journey in music and ministry, join us for Black Music Honors on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30PM in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall where he will be featured in a conversation with Dr. Teresa Hairston.

We promise this is not to be missed!!

"Lets Dance (remix)" - Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir f/ BBJay & Dave Hollister "Lets Dance (remix) " - Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir f/ BBJ & Dave Hollister Music video Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott

03/15/2022

Check our events for next week!
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On March 24, Hezekiah Walker and Dr. Teresa Hairston will be apart of AAAMC’s Black Music Honors event at 6:30PM EST 🎶
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On March 25, AAAMC Speaks Season 2 will premiere with our first episode on Dr. Teresa Hairston ✨
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On March 26, Hoosier Film Fest will be featuring AAAMC Speaks: Dr. Portia Maultsby 🎞

03/14/2022

The Teresa Hairston collection at AAAMC captures Dr. Hairston’s time as a gospel industry executive and the many events and awards ceremonies that she frequented alongside gospel music’s biggest stars. Can you recognize any familiar faces in this photo album from Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Today Showcase in 2000?

03/12/2022

Hezekiah Walker is considered a pioneer within contemporary gospel music for merging R&B, jazz, soul, hip hop and other popular music styles with the sounds of the traditional church choir. Pictured are photographs from our Dr. Teresa Hairston Collection spotlighting his role as a choir leader.

To hear some of the songs spanning his 30+ year career in the gospel industry, check out his “This is Hezekiah Walker'' playlist on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DZ06evO0b8U9O?si=efc5363a9ff74f3a

And be sure to join us on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30pm in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall for Black Music Honors where Official Hezekiah Walker will be featured in a conversation with Dr. Teresa Hairston!

03/08/2022

Last week we took you behind the scenes of filming AAAMC Speaks, and this week we’re giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of Gospel Today Magazine. Pictured is Dr. Teresa Hairston as she speaks to gospel duo Mary Mary in 2001. If you’re interested in learning more about the inner workings of the gospel industry, come to our Black Music Honors event on March 24th and hear more from Dr. Hairston!

03/04/2022

We’re hard at work filming Season 2 of our award-winning docuseries, AAAMC Speaks, and invite you to take a behind-the-scenes look at the process! 🎬

In this image, AAAMC director Dr. Tyron Cooper and AAAMC Speaks producer Ethan Gill prepare for a shoot by reviewing production notes. Production notes are one of the many elements involved in ensuring a successful shoot that brings our collections alive!

Stay tuned to our social media for more behind-the-scenes action and to find out who will be featured in the first episode premiering Friday, March 25th at 7:30pm EST!🎉

03/01/2022

Make sure to mark your calendars for AAAMC’s Black Music Honors on March 24! This free event will honor two leaders in gospel music, industry executive Dr. Teresa Hairston and two-time Grammy winning artist Hezekiah Walker. It will also feature a live performance from Indianapolis-based Thomas & The Situation. We’ll be posting more about the event in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on our social media for more information about our special guests 🎉

02/11/2022

AAAMC Trivia Time!

What 1969 recording ushered in the contemporary gospel era?

This photograph from our Dr. Teresa Hairston Collection will give you a hint, but you will have to join us tonight at 7pm for The Black Church Mixtape: A Virtual Listening Party to find out the answer!

For more information and to register: https://aaamc.indiana.edu/

02/07/2022

AAAMC invites you to join us this Friday, February 11th at 7pm for The Black Church Mixtape: A Virtual Listening Party in partnership with the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

We will celebrate the rich musical legacy of the Black church by listening to and contextualizing some of our favorite songs representing different eras of sacred Black music!

For more information and to register: https://aaamc.indiana.edu/

Photos from Archives of African American Music and Culture's post 01/25/2022

AAAMC Pays Tribute to Black Music Industry Pioneer, Sidney Miller Jr., who passed away last week at the age of 89.

In 1976, former Capitol Records promotion manager Sidney Miller Jr. founded “Black Radio Exclusive,” the first Black music industry trade publication. BRE contributed significantly to the importance and growth of Black radio and the impact it had on promoting Black music and Black artists, who at that time received little or no press or credit in the established trade magazines, despite representing nearly 40% of the multi-billion dollar industry. Miller published BRE for more than 40 years, and also created the Annual BRE Conference, a global gathering that created a haven for Black music executives, artists, radio, and retailers to showcase their talent and product. Superstars and industry leaders who attended the conferences included Michael Jackson, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Prince, L.L. Cool J, Dick Gregory, Berry Gordy, Clive Davis, and Stevie Wonder, who composed a song for BRE. Many other artists were discovered at this annual gathering.

In 2019, the Living Legends Foundation honored Sidney Miller, Jr. with the A.D. Washington Chairman’s Award, and created the following video tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyLwxxuA1hc

01/24/2022

AAAMC celebrates Grammy-nominated songwriter, artist, producer, and music industry executive, Reggie Calloway, founder of the hitmaking techno-funk group, Midnight Star, and R&B duo sensation, Calloway. Reggie just celebrated another birthday yesterday, January 23rd, and we are extending the party! A member of AAAMC's National Advisory Board, he continues to impact the industry as an artist and executive (Director of Music Royalty Funding at Sound Royalties). To learn more about Reggie, please visit AAAMC and browse through the Calloway Collection. Let us wish him many more prosperous years of life and music!

Happy Birthday Reggie!!

2022 Films – Hoosier Films Annual Festival 01/24/2022

2022 Films – Hoosier Films Annual Festival

Happy Monday.... We've got great and exciting news!!

Our AAAMC Speaks docu-series episode, "Portia Maultsby, A Renaissance Woman," was selected to play in this year's Hoosier Films Festival in Bloomington!!! How awesome is it that the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is honored for the episode, which features its founding director, Dr. Portia Maultsby? Answer: It's over the top awesome! The film will be shown on March 26th during the Short Films: Exploration section at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater beginning at 3:30pm. There might also be a panel discussion with AAAMC's current director, Dr. Tyron Cooper who is also creator and host of the docu-series, along with the production's directors, Ethan Gill & Haley Semian (Stay tuned for developing information about this possible panel). We hope you will join us for this wonderful occasion, which celebrates the many accomplishments of Dr. Maultsby and brings AAAMC's rich collections alive! For more information about the Hoosier Films Festival lineup check out the link below.

2022 Films – Hoosier Films Annual Festival Check out the 2022 festival lineup! 50 Cent Psychic Directed by Dustin Lowman  |  3 minComedy A young girl predicts a mans future; unfortunately for him. A is for Apple Directed by Adam Mick Laughlin  |  2 minAnimation A worm finds a city inside an apple, but must escape the fascist government d...

Our Common Ground in Music | James Mtume | TEDxCapeMay 01/11/2022

Our Common Ground in Music | James Mtume | TEDxCapeMay

AAAMC honors the legacy of James Mtume, prolific jazz and R&B percussionist, composer, producer, intellect and mentor of many. As his Swahili name, Mtume, suggests, he was certainly a profound "messenger" artistically conveying deep consciousness, infectious groove and elevation of overall musical expression from Jazz to R&B to hip hop and beyond. He will be extremely missed by music lovers globally. We salute him for his significant artistry, consciousness and humanity. Hear him in his own words below speaking about music and socio-political movement historically as well as the current state of society and its impact on musical expression. Clearly, a guru of the village....

RIP James Mtume

Our Common Ground in Music | James Mtume | TEDxCapeMay Jame’s Mtume’s name means “messenger” in Swahili, which is a bit on-the-nose for this Grammy Award-winning musician. A former percussionist for Miles Davis, ...

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2805 E 10th St / Smith Research Cntr, Rms 180-181
Bloomington, IN
47408-2601

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Established in 1991, the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. Our collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and contemporary hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of black radio.

The AAAMC supports the research of scholars, students, and the general public worldwide by providing access to holdings which include oral histories, photographs, musical and print manuscripts, audio and video recordings, educational broadcast programs, and the personal papers of individuals and organizations concerned with black music. We also invite exploration of our collections and related topics through a variety of public events, print and online publications, and pedagogical resources.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Friday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm

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