Lauryn Hill: Black Rage (Sketch)

Written by Joshua Blue


In category: Song of the Day

Published August 8, 2017

A week of songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

Set to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, “Black Rage” was a reprisal, brought back shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown (August 9, 2014 – Ferguson, Missouri). The piece looks at the atrocities the African American community has faced for years and how this hatred can take us into dark places.

“Black rage is founded on two thirds a person/rapings and beatings and suffering that worsens/Black human packages tied up in strings/Black rage can come from all these kinds of things”

cw: rape, abuse, physical violence, substance abuse

author: Joshua Blue

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British-American Tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a tenor currently pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York City. Joshua has been a featured soloist in large concert works and operas with City Music Cleveland, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and Music Academy of the West. He had his Alice Tully Hall debut last November under the baton of Maestro William Christie and will make his Carnegie Hall debut this December, singing the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra. Other debuts this year include singing Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Lyric Opera as well as NYFOS’s Protest at Merkin Concert Hall. Joshua graduated with his bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016.


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