Sister Rosetta Tharpe








Black creative geniuses like Sister Rosetta Tharpe is why it hurts me that BLACK PEOPLE think Rock & Roll is “white people music.” We invented all of it. Rock & Roll is so Black that white people drained every drop of Blackness out of it and called what remained Metal. That’s how much Rock & Roll is Black music.

Don’t let white people and their “Elvis created Rock & Roll” nonsense fool you. Rock & Roll IS Black music. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, don’t deny or forget that it’s OURS.

I never knew this

even what is known as metal is derived from Jimi Hendrix

And punk is sourced from a band called Death, who existed 7 years prior to the Ramones

Can’t music just be everyone’s I listen to every type of music I don’t worry about what’s mine and what’s not mine it’s just music man.

In a perfect world, yes. However this is far from a perfect world and when the lie that is perpetuated about your people is that you have not contributed anything of value to this country or to society at large, it’s time to start GRABBING our credit from those who would belittle and erase us.

To quote the great Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

The point was not that music can’t be for everyone, or listened to anyone. The point is that credit should go to where credit is due. The problem is that racism very often leads to white people stealing (whether intentionally or no) the credit for certain things from people of color. Were and are there quite a few influential and innovative white people in rock music? Yes, however, it is important to remember that they were not the ones who invented the genre in the first place, that they were and are merely building upon a black invention.

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