Home of The Rhythm and Blues
"Rock Music is Rhythm and Blues"
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Certificate of Recognition