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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. 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.

Rhythm 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 University.  


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 R&B's Honorable Degree

Rhythm and Blues University is a 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 know the 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.

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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.

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 is R&B

"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

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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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