"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 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
RBU 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.
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
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.
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
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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