Harlem Renaissance - All That Jazz



 Have you ever thought about being an artist? Being an artist is much more than painting on a canvas. You can find actual work as a graphic artist, fashion, architect, in marketing and many other careers. The Harlem Renaissance was an era that took place in Harlem, New York from 1918 – 1930. This was and intellectual, artistic, and social movement for African Americans. The Harlem Renaissance grew out of the changes that had taken place in the African-American community since the abolition of slavery, as the expansion of communities in the North. These accelerated because of World War I. The music that came out of Harlem was jazz. It was a combination of the traditional jazz band and composed primarily of brass instruments and was considered a symbol of the south, but the piano was considered an instrument of the wealthy. Many famous jazz performers were: Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington among many. Fashion was another area that came out of the Renaissance. From short skirts and silk stockings to drop-waisted dresses and cloche hats. Woman wore loose-fitted garments and accessorized with long strand pearl bead necklaces, feather boas, and cigarette holders. Women were very fashionable. The men wore extravagant suits! The suit was called a Zoot Suit! The pants were wide-legged, high-waisted, peg-top trousers, and a long coat with padded shoulders and wide lapels. Men also wore wide-brimmed hats, colored socks, white gloves. Much of the artistry that came from the movement has continued even into today.


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