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The R&B Diploma

Rhythm and Blues University is an online educational corporation that is that is not yet accredited. Nonetheless, its international mission is to reinforce and spread the true comprehensive legacy of rhythm and blues music; often referred to as R&B. Historically, Rhythm and Blues 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. 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 the world." Rhythm and Blues University was specifically created to honor the phenomenal world-wide adoption of R&B music and to bestow high recognition upon supporters of the legacy. For that purpose, the University created a free R&B Program and awards its prestigious R&B Diploma. Beautiful R&B certificates can be obtained by those individuals who understand that the true cultural identity of “rock and roll music is rhythm and blues.”

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Rock Music Is R&B

In the mid 1950s, millions of young American music fans began referring to rhythm and blues as rock and roll. The latter name, rock and roll, was taken from rhythm and blues song lyrics by the late 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 by Alan Freed.
By the 1960s, the enormous popularity of R&B had spread internationally. Subsequently, performance artists from many races and cultures around the world successfully mastered R&B. The cross-cultural attraction to magnetic rhythm and blues 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 is the basis for becoming eligible to receive a R&B certificate or 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 R&B Honors on this page below.

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R&B Award

R&B Culture Keepers Are Celebrated

Rhythm and Blues University reaches across planet earth to award and honor individuals for their knowledge, support and cultural preservation of R&B music. Historical 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. Hundreds of thousands of people already know the truth. For newcomers willing to learn about the great comprehensive R&B legacy, Rhythm and Blues University has developed a set of short informational modules to help untangle the false division between the names R&B and Rock music. Selected MP3 files, CDs and DVDs are included in each module or section to help illustrate R&B's historical development; and to support personal music libraries. The modules are intended to transmit the unified truth of R&B music or rock and roll as being one and the same. Thus, a R&B Certificate recognizes both an individual's prior knowledge and experience or newly acquired understanding of R&B culture. R&B awards can be obtained by music lovers anywhere on the globe who understand and accept that the true cultural identity of rock and roll music; that it is R&B music.

The Certificate of R&B, Master of R&B, and Doctor of R&B diplomas can be ordered online with the recipient's name printed on the awards.  Acknowledgment and personal verification of completion of short instructional modules are required in order to receive each R&B award. The Certificate of R&B and Master of R&B awards 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. 

The RBU Award

Obtaining a R&B award from Rhythm and Blues University represents knowing "how and why" rock and roll music is rhythm and blues. The award is grounded in research reported in the classic book, Rock Is Rhythm and Blues: The Impact of Mass Media. It is meant to be framed, wall mounted in the home or displayed professionally; and proudly celebrated.  When framed and displayed, a Rhythm and Blues University certificate 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 R&B certificate symbolizes understanding that rock music is a magnificent African American cultural gift that has been given to the entire world; and cherished in many different nations. It represents a more permanent and formal salute in diverse honor of a deeply rich culture, the courageously intelligent people who created it, and international music lovers who later embraced it.

Our on-line awards can be obtained in the following levels: (1) R&B Certificate (2) Master Diploma (3) Doctor Diploma. For many, Alan Freed's public testimony is the gateway to rhythm and blues knowledge and understanding the true history of rock and roll music.

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