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Beyoncé is a cultural icon, and, 'a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist who's acclaimed for her thrilling vocals, videos and live shows.' (Biography.com) She stands at a controversial crossroads of feminism and mainstream culture, and her actions and attitudes will be a touchstone of contemporary feminist critique in the future.
National Museum of African-American Music
This site gives a good overview of how Rhythm and Blues became Rock'n'Roll, and how what was once a fundamentally African-American genre became (or was co-opted by) mainstream culture.
Classic African-American Gospel
Kip Lornell, a George Washington University ethnomusicologist talks about the roots of Motown in gospel music, its role in the Civil Rights Movement, what new gospel sounds like and who's playing it.