Minstrel Show Assignment


Minstrel Show Assignment Sources

Read the two following article:

1. NY Daily Editorial by Eroll Louis

https://www.nydailynews.com/archives/opinions/rhyme-reason-rap-world-modern-minstrels-article-1.601054 (Links to an external site.)

View the Following Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SBN_ikibtg (Links to an external site.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFav9P54JUA (Links to an external site.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDMhlvbOFaM (Links to an external site.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGrqW3nx5HM&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL8F5105089D313756 (Links to an external site.)


Here are lyrics to the songs:

Fry that Chicken

https://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/ms_peachez/fry_that_chicken.html (Links to an external site.)

Chicken Noodle Soup

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/djwebstar/chickennoodlesoup.html (Links to an external site.)

Chain Hang Low

https://www.metrolyrics.com/chain-hang-low-lyrics-jibbs.html (Links to an external site.)

21 Questions

https://www.lyrics007.com/50%20Cent%20Lyrics/21%20Questions%20Lyrics.html (Links to an external site.)

Continue to the Minstrel Show Assignment where you will answer questions about these materials.
Please answer the 5 questions in order 1,2,3,4,5

1)What is a caricature?
2)How are caricatures used to denigrate various groups?
3)What were minstrel shows? (Be detailed and specific!)
4)How did minstrel shows disparage black people? In the minstrel tradition, what characteristics were commonly attributed to African-Americans?
5)In the Unit 5 Module, you should have read a NY Daily Article in which the author, Errol Louis criticizes contemporary music videos by comparing them to the degrading practices of the minstrel tradition. You should have also viewed music videos and lyrics that he references. In addition, I offered an opposing argument with a link to a student blog post.

After reading the articles and viewing the related materials answer this question:

5)Do the images, lyrics and/or music in any of these videos constitute modern day minstrelsy? Support your answer by relating the video content (images, lyrics and music) to your answers to questions 1-4. Your answer should be at least 250 words.