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"Rock Music Is Rhythm and Blues"

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. Rhythm and Blues University certifies that the true cultural identity of “rock and roll music is rhythm and blues.”  In 1967, when Dr. Martin Luther King addressed the National Association of Negro Radio Broadcasters, he also referred to rhythm and blues and rock music synonymously. Speaking in the superlative he said, [rhythm and blues culture] "...surpasses the cultural conquest of classical Greece.” Indeed, the magnetism of rhythm and blues music has lifted the pan-African art form to the rank of "world's greatest musical expression."



 The R&B Degree

Rhythm and Blues University is an on-line private educational corporation. 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. Rhythm and Blues University recognizes the united legacy of R&B music.


Millions of people remember or know the true cultural identify of rock music and deserve to be honorably recognized. Appropriately, Rhythm and Blues University awards its Honorary Degree in Rhythm and Blues to knowledge keepers of R&B’s comprehensive contributions. The University searches the world to locate and uplift such people for their true understanding. Master and Doctor degrees are bestowed for possessing or recently obtaining enlightenment about "why and how" the true cultural identity of rock music is rhythm and blues. An attractive diploma, issued with each degree, makes the recognition highly visible to friends, loved ones, and others. The diplomas will long endure as powerful personalized testaments to the inescapable legacy of R&B music [rock] as a magnificent cultural gift that has been given to the entire world; and accepted in high esteem.

Affordable R&B Diplomas

Master  of R&B Diploma

Doctor of R&B  Diploma


R&B Award


R&B Award

The Legacy of Racial Segregation

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.

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. 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 Desegregated America

"Shake Rattle and Roll " by Joe Turner

Turner's 1954 original was a #1 Rhythm and Blues record

"Shake Rattle and Roll" by Bill Haley

Haley extensively covered Rhythm and Blues records

R&B Culture Adopted Internationally







Certificate 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.


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