A. The Cotton Club was a very segregated club in the 1900s. It had a very racist imagery and was considered to be "whites only." Duke Ellington attempted to change that when he performed at the Cotton Club and what he did there was priceless. Performing at the Cotton Club pushed Ellington's career. After the Harlem Renaissance movement things began to change, however. B. The Cotton Club made me really think about all of the incredibly horrible things the human race has done in the past and made me rethink how I treat people. C. Today the idea of the Cotton Club has affected everyone.
A. Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and business woman. She founded the Chanel brand. She was credited for liberating women from the constraints of the corseted silhouette. Chanel changed the way women viewed their own lives, she played an extremely important part in the woman's rights movement. B. Chanel changed the way women looked at their lives. As a woman I am greatly appreciative of what Chanel did in her life. C. To this day woman are empowered by the confidence Chanel had to shatter the unrealistic social norms women of the 1920's had to deal with.
A. Duke Ellington was a crucial part of the Jazz Age. He performed in Broadway nightclubs as the band leader of a 10-peice ensemble. He gained a national profile especially when he preformed at the Cotton Club. B. Duke Ellington worked with Ella Fitzgerald later in life and since she was such a crucial part of my early childhood, Ellington also impacted my love of music. C. Duke Ellington made his mark on jazz culture and continues to as jazz musicians use his techniques.
A. The Apollo Theater was where tons of famous artists made their debuts. People like Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Bill Cosby, etc. The Apollo Theater was one of the main nightclubs around in the 1900s and became a main home of Jazz culture. B. Many of my favorite jazz artists or people in general have performed in the Apollo Theatre. C. To this day the Apollo Theater still has major performers that have been impacted by its culture and the artists that performed at the Apollo.
A. The Harlem Renaissance was the development of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, as a black cultural mecca in the early 20th Century. Lasting roughly from the 1910s through the mid-1930s, the period is considered a golden age in African American culture, manifesting in literature, music, stage performance and art. This culture was introduced and became a part of everyday life. B. The Harlem Renaissance has not impacted me greatly, but it paved the path for many pivotal changes in the Jazz community. C. The Harlem Renaissance impacted American culture, it improved it in fact. African American culture is a crucial part of America.
A. Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star, and comedian. He started showing his talent in the early 1900's, but became extremely popular in the 1920s. He influenced countless musicians with his unique style. B. Louis Armstrong was a pivotal part of my ever-growing love for music. His unique voice is timeless and I never get tired of hearing his music. C. Louis Armstrong influences and inspires jazz even today, he is still known as one of the most crucial parts of jazz culture.
A. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a short story writer and novelist. He was best known for his depictions of the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby took the world by storm, it made the world look at the Jazz Age in a new light. B. F. Scott Fitzgerald has not personally impacted me yet, however I look forward to reading the Great Gatsby myself. C. The Great Gatsby is considered a classic today, it is read in many schools, and is still considered a fine example of the "American Dream."
A. Ella Fitzgerald, known as the "First Lady of Song" and "Lady Ella," was an American jazz and song vocalist who interpreted much of the Great American Songbook. She made her debut during the Jazz Age and continued to amaze the world for decades after. She was the first African American woman to win a Grammy, and shocked the world with her unparalleled vocal talents. With her voice she was able to break down the racial barriers that stood in her way. B. Ella Fitzgerald's music has filled my household since I was very young, my mom praised her music, and passed that down to me. C. Ella Fitzgerald continues to be popular to this day, she inspires musicians currently as well. Adele and Lady Gaga both have called her an inspiration. Fitzgerald's music is timeless.
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A. Dada was an artistic and literary movement that arose as a reaction to world war one. Artists that were a part of the dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic and reason of the modern capitalist society. They chose to use their artwork as a way to protest their discontent with violence, war, and nationalism. The dada movement forced the world to take a real look at what was going on. B. The dada movement changed the way the world looked at art, now art could mean something. Art could be used as a tool to speak the thoughts of a protester. I have been able to use art as a way to showcase my beliefs, as the original artists in the dada movement did. C. Even now art is used as a political statement. Artists use their work as a way to persuade people to look at life in a different way.
A. Art Deco originated in the 1920s. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. It created a sleek and anti-traditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication. The distinguishing features of the style are simple shapes that had a “streamlined” look that was typically made from expensive materials. B. Art has always been a part of my life, I have never been extraordinarily good at it, but I am somewhat creative. Art Deco impacts how I see art. C. To this day the idea of Art Deco is changing, but still staying consistent. Artists are finding new ways to improve it while still keeping its integrity.