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University of R&B Honorary Awards 

Rhythm and Blues University is an on-line, non-accredited educational corporation that awards the Honorary Rhythm and Blues Diploma to people from all around the world. The honorary R&B diploma is awarded based upon a person's rhythm and blues experience and/or cultural awareness. The University issues its honorary diploma in order to recognize R&B culture keepers and to help transfer an endangered accumulation of R&B research among succeeding generations. 

In the mid 1950s, millions of young American fans began referring to R&B music as rock and roll. The latter name was taken from R&B lyrics. That is to say, rock and roll music is not a blend of rhythm and blues, country and western, and popular music. Rock music is R&B music! Rock and roll is merely another name for rhythm and blues. 

By the 1960s, the enormous popularity of R&B had spread internationally and catapulted the negro art form into the greatest musical expression on planet earth and in the history of mankind. Understanding the context and truth behind these facts is the basis for being eligible to receive a honorary R&B diploma from Rhythm and Blues University. Acquisition of the R&B diploma is simple. To get started just click-on Orientation in the navigation bar or click-on the R&B diplomas, pictured below.

Honorary R&B Diplomas


R&B Award


R&B Award


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Rhythm & Blues Culture and Awards


Rhythm and Blues University holds individuals, all around the world, in high regard for their support, knowledge, love and cultural preservation of R&B music. Historical documents from the 1950s clearly show that  white artists such as Johnnie Ray, Bill Haley, Pat Boone, Elvis Presley and others, including artists of the 1960s British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. For newcomers willing to learn about the great R&B legacy, Rhythm and Blues University has developed a set of short informational modules to help untangle the false division between R&B and Rock music. The modules are intended to transmit the unified truth of R&B music or rock and roll. Thus, the honorary R&B award recognizes an individual's prior experience or newly acquired understanding of the unified R&B culture. The R&B certificate can be obtained by music lovers everywhere in the world who understand and accept that the true cultural identity of rock and roll is R&B music.

Rhythm and Blues Awards are meant to be framed, wall mounted in the home or displayed professionally, and proudly celebrated. 

R&B Awards 


Rhythm and Blues University (RBU) can bestow its coveted R&B Awards upon those individuals who know the true cultural identity of rock music. More specifically, R&B honors are awarded to individuals based upon understanding that "rock and roll music is rhythm and blues.”  The certificates, like the art form itself, are international in scope.  When framed and publicly displayed, the R&B awards reinforce and make manifest Dr. Martin Luther King’s superlative that [rhythm and blues music] “surpasses the cultural conquest of classical Greece."    


Rhythm and Blues University awards are grounded in research reported in the classic book, Rock Is Rhythm and Blues: The Impact of Mass MediaObtaining a R&B certificate from RBU represents knowing "how and why" rock and roll music is rhythm and blues. In essence, R&B certificates symbolize 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. Thus, the R&B award is a permanent and formal salute in 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) Bachelor Certificate (2) Master Certificate (3) Doctor Certificate. For many, the Alan Freed's public testimony is the gateway to rhythm and blues knowledge and understanding the true history of rock and roll music. 

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


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