Rhythm and Blues is the richest
musical art form on planet earth and in the history
of mankind. It encompasses much of popular music and is replete with millionaires. In 1967, when Dr. Martin Luther King addressed
the National Association of Negro Radio Broadcasters, he referred to rhythm and blues and rock music as being culturally synonymous.
Secondly, speaking in the superlative, Dr. King said [his blues and rhythm music] surpasses the cultural conquest of classical
Greece. Both of Dr.
Martin Luther King's positions on the inescapable legacy of rhythm and blues music have been corroborated by research
compiled at Rhythm
and Blues University.
and Blues University helps celebrate the rich culture of R&B music
by issuing honorary degrees. Admittedly, RBU's own certificates are grounded in research conducted for graduate degree
study at Michigan State University; The Impact of radio, motion pictures, and television on the development of rhythm
and blues and rock and roll music. Conclusively, rock and roll music is an African American cultural art form;
adopted and mastered by many in other cultures and around the world. Relatedly, Rhythm and Blues University and its awards
are manifestations of academically respected research.
RBU was founded by Lawrence N. Redd in 2010. During the late 1960s Redd helped
produce and promote Al Green's first national hit, "Back Up Train." Initially, some "Top 40" rock stations
refused to play the rhythm and blues production, saying it was not "rock." Later,
Redd researched and wrote the Michigan State University Press publication, Rock is Rhythm and Blues: The Impact
of Mass Media which was adopted as a text book by several major universities. He served for more than three decades
on the faculty-staff of Michigan State University. His research has been published in books, encyclopedias and academic
journals. He has produced numerous radio and television shows, and recordings, including the internationally acclaimed R&B
recording, “I’m Loving You” by Cloudburst. He also established the music industry program at Texas Southern
U.S. President, Barack Obama - "Sweet Home Chicago"
R&B's Honorable Degree
Rhythm and Blues University isa private,
online, non-accredited educational corporation. Nonetheless, based upon research, the
University's mission is to reinforce and transfer, to succeeding generations, the full unified 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. Rhythm and Blues University recognizes the united legacy of R&B music.
Millions of people remember or knowthe true cultural identify of rock
music and deserve to be honorably recognized for there knowledge. Others have read books, collected records, listened to radio,
supported dances, concerts, nightclubs, and held discussions with friends and strangers, etc.; and know. Appropriately, Rhythm
and Blues University issues R&B certificates to "diverse knowledge keepers" of Rhythm and Blues music. The University
searches the world to locate, help uplift and honor such people for their own invaluable R&B experiences. Honorary Master
and Honorary Doctor degrees are awarded to everyday fans and professionals. The certificates are meant to honor all people
who have helped preserve or recently
obtained enlightenment about "why and how" the true cultural identity of rock music is rhythm and blues. Attractive
diplomas, issued with each degree, make one's own R&B background highly visible to friends, loved ones, and others. The
Rhythm and Blues University diploma will long endure as both high personal recognition and powerful testimony to the comprehensive
heritage of R&B [rock] music. Rhythm and Blues is a magnificent cultural gift that has been given to the entire world;
and accepted in high esteem.
Master of R&B
Doctor of R&B
The Power of R&B Music
In the mid 1950s, the United
States of America functioned as a racially segregated society, especially against negroes. Racial supremacy or apartheid, legal or by
customs, was 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 expropriated from rhythm and blues songwriters by media power
brokers; and given an untrue history. 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 being played on radio by hundreds of disc jockeys in the late 1940s; and
whose popularity attracted the legendary, Alan Freed.
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. The enormous popularity of R&B had spread internationally by the 1960s; but often under the name rock and roll that
was promoted by Freed. Subsequently, performance artists, writers and producers from many cultures and races around the world
successfully mastered R&B.
R&B is R&B
Rattle and Roll " by Joe Turner
Turner's 1954 original was a #1 Rhythm
and Blues record
Rattle and Roll" by Bill Haley
covered Rhythm and Blues records
of Recognition - Your Gift
For newcomers, willing to learn more about
the sweeping 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. The modules are designed to reveal the true knowledge of R&B music
or rock and roll as being one and the same. MP3 files, CDs and DVDs are embedded in each module or section that help illustrate
the full embodiment of R&B. Media productions can also enrich home libraries. Thus, Rhythm and Blues University bestows
its Honorary degrees based upon a person's prior experience and/or new R&B enlightenment.