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Honorary Degree

Rhythm and Blues University is an online educational corporation. Although non-accredited, RBU's, international mission is to transfer to succeeding generations the comprehensive 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. The dichotomous issue was addressed in the 1974 publication, Rock Music Is Rhythm and Blues. Despite categorical separation, the genuinely synonymous music itself succeeded in finalizing a two-centuries long diffusion process that "Africanized music around the world."

helps document rhythm and blues music's phenomenal world-wide adulation and presents related educational programs. Equally important, the University bestows laurels upon contributors and supporters of the performance art form by awarding its prestigious honorary Doctor of Rhythm and Blues degree. The beautiful R&B certificate can be obtained by those who understand that the true cultural identity of “rock and roll music is rhythm and blues.

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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 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 races and cultures around the world successfully mastered R&B. The cross-cultural attraction to the magnetism of rock and roll music lifted the African American art form to the rank of greatest musical expression on planet earth; and in the history of humankind. Today, rhythm and blues music is filled with multi millionaires. It is the world’s richest music art form. Understanding the context and truth behind these facts, that rock is R&B, is the basis for becoming eligible to receive a honorary diploma from Rhythm and Blues University. Acquisition of the R&B doctorate diploma is encouraged. To begin the easy online process just click-on Rhythm and Blues Orientation in the navigation bar, or in Honorary Diplomas on this page below.

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R&B Award

Rhythm and Blues Laurels

Rhythm and Blues University reaches across planet earth to honor and uplift individuals for their knowledge, support 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 know the truth about rock but have remained unrecognized. 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 the names R&B and Rock music. Selected MP3 files, CDs and DVDs are embedded in each module or section which help illustrate R&B's comprehensive reach; and supports 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 betows its laurels based upon an individual's prior experience or new R&B enlightenment.

Honorary Recipient
Each recipient of a RBU honorary degree feels highly honored and recognized as an important part of the courageous R&B cultural legacy. The degree is rewarded for knowledge, understanding and/or experience with rhythm and blues. The honorary diploma reinforces and makes manifest 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 American cultural gift that has been given to the entire world; and has been accepted with high esteem by many in various nations on planet earth.

Honorary diplomas, Master of R&B and Doctor of R&B, can be ordered online with the recipient's formal  name printed on the awards.  Acknowledgment and verification of module understanding is required in order to receive each R&B award. The Orientation Certificate and Master of R&B award 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. 

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