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"Rock Music is Rhythm and Blues"
(An Orientation)  

Rhythm and Blues University is an online educational corporation. Although non-accredited, RBU's international mission is to transfer to succeeding generations the full legacy of rhythm and blues music; often referred to as R&B. Historically, Rhythm and Blues music was also given another name, Rock and Roll. The two R&B names, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll, were used interchangeably until "strong American social forces" caused a false split between them. An abridged history was then written and promoted separately for Rock and Roll. 


RBU honors the phenomenal cross-cultural adulation and adoption of R&B music; the genuine name of rock and roll. That knowledge is the focus of RBU’s brief orientation program. In appreciation for participating, each visitor is presented with a RBU Certificate of Recognition. More importantly, Rhythm and Blues University bestows laurels upon contributors, supporters and other truth keepers of the comprehensive R&B legacy. Laurels are bestowed by awarding the prestigious Honorary Degree in Rhythm and Blues. The degree can be obtained by those who understand that the true cultural identity of “rock and roll music is rhythm and blues. Honorary degrees are made manifest by receiving and displaying a beautiful diploma from Rhythm and Blues University.

The RBU Orientation Award


Honorary Experience

In the mid 1950s, America functioned as a racially segregated society, especially against negroes. Racial segregation or apartheid, legal or by customs, is meant to separate valued cultural products and achievements from the subjugated people who invented them. So, it was during America's segregation era of the mid 1950s when millions of young music fans began referring to rhythm and blues as rock and roll. The latter name, rock and roll, was taken from negro rhythm and blues song lyrics by the late broadcaster, Alan Freed. That is to say, rock and roll music is not a mixture of popular music, country and western, and rhythm and blues. Rock music is rhythm and blues music! Rock and roll is merely another name for rhythm and blues; the negro music played on radio by hundreds of disc jockeys whose success later attracted Alan Freed.

By the 1960s, the enormous popularity of R&B had spread internationally; but often under the name rock and roll. Subsequently, performance artists, writers and producers from many cultures and races around the world successfully mastered R&B. The cross-cultural attraction to the magnetism of rock and roll music lifted the African art form to the rank of greatest musical expression on planet earth; and in the history of humankind. Understanding the context and truth behind these facts, that rock is R&B, is the basis for becoming eligible to receive a honorary degree from Rhythm and Blues University. Acquisition of the R&B doctorate is encouraged. 

Honorary Degrees

Bachelor of R&B Diploma


R&B Award


R&B Award


R&B Award

 Truth Keepers Honorably Recognized

Rhythm and Blues University reaches across planet earth to honor and uplift individuals for their experience, support, knowledge and cultural preservation of R&B music, often called rock music. Documents from the 1950s clearly show that white American artists such as Johnnie Ray, Bill Haley, Pat Boone, Elvis Presley and others, including artists of the 1960s British Invasion, all rose to fame by performing R&B music. Millions of people still know the truth about rock and roll and need to be honorably recognized. For newcomers willing to learn about the great comprehensive R&B legacy, Rhythm and Blues University has developed a set of short informational modules that untangle the false division between R&B and Rock music. Selected MP3 files, CDs and DVDs are embedded in each module or section which help illustrate the full embodiment of R&B. These media also support personal music libraries. The modules are designed to transmit the true knowledge of R&B music or rock and roll as being one and the same. Thus, Rhythm and Blues University bestows its Honorary degree based upon an individual's prior experience and/or new R&B enlightenment.

Honorary Recipient
Each recipient of the RBU Honorary Degree is recognized and honored as being an important part of the highly acclaimed R&B cultural legacy. The degree is a constant visible reward to the recipient for knowing, understanding, appreciating and suporting rhythm and blues music’s grand contributions to humanity. The diploma itself reinforces and makes manifest, for all to see, Dr. Martin Luther King’s superlative that "[rhythm and blues music] surpasses the cultural conquest of classical Greece.” In essence, the RBU Honorary Degree symbolizes rhythm and blues or rock music as a magnificent African cultural gift that has been given to the entire world; and accepted in high esteem.

The diplomas, Bachelor of R&B,  Master of R&B and Doctor of R&B, can be ordered online with the degree recipient's formal  name printed on the awards.   The Certificate of Recognition is a free download. The Bachelor and Master of R&B diplomas will be emailed. The Doctor of R&B award has special requirements associated with it and will be shipped via USPS. All R&B awards are designed to be framed and personally or publicly displayed. Plain acknowledgment of module understanding is requested in order to receive each R&B award.

(Orientation Complete)

Certificate of Recognition

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