Please select ONE current (last 10 years) artist who has written/performed songs/videos/live performances that directly confront a sociopolitical/civil rights issue. Write at LEAST FIVE PAGES about how this artist’s work has contributed to and relates back to the USA’s ongoing discussion (problem, tension, etc) of this issue. Include at least ONE song from the artist you choose that supports your argument. Further, relate their work back to at least 3 artists from the course that also supported sociopolitical/civil rights issues with their work.
ORIGINAL WRITING is important. Each submission will be evaluated for plagiarism, make sure what you turn in is YOUR WRITING.
There is a MAXIMUM of 15 points for this ENTIRE assignment. If you meet each requirement (1 artist, 5+ pages, 3 comparison artists/songs, contribution to U.S. cultural/social/political movement) you have a great chance of receiving full credit. If you do not follow instructions, points will be deducted to reflect that.
Outside sources (books, articles), must be cited in a bibliography at the end of the assignment. I will NOT accept Shmoop sources. Limit of 2 wikipedia sources. All work must be double- spaced, 12pt font (Times New Roman), 1 inch margins on all sides, and MLA format.
Here are a few simple examples:
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audio Slave/Prophets of Rage) has built a career on speaking out against political oppression, income inequality, and police/state brutality. Bob Dylan is a precursor to this type of “art as political protest” work. (This is an older example, but Tom is still very vocal about his views and can be a good foundation for a paper).
Lady Gaga has spoken out about gender equality, LGBTQ rights and sexual harassment/ violence in songs like “Born This Way”. Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Cher, Aretha Franklin & many others opened the door for these types of discussion in their own works in previous decades.
Childish Gambino has been vocal about the treatment of minorities by the government/state/ police/media in the last year. His song “This Is America” confronts the viewer with images of racism, violence and death in the same way that acts like NWA, Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg & Tupac Shakur did in previous decades.
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