Angels Are Everywhere

Chance the Rapper is a very popular musical artist based in Chicago, Illinois. He is a strong advocate from African Americans and the people that are struggling currently in the heart of the city. Chance produced his 3rd album in May of 2016, Coloring Book. This album won Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammy awards and was an inspiration to many. A popular song that came out of the album, was ̈Angels¨. The song talks about Chance ́s life and the atmosphere in Chicago. His perspective is very positive and powerful revolving current ideas about Chicago about how African American citizens are presented as a threat.

The music video and song is going against the ideology that African Americans in Chicago are dangerous/unsupported. Chance and another singer, both of whom are black, talk about how  ̈I got angels all around me¨. This specific line in the song speaks about how Chicagoan may not the dangerous and demeaning people they are brought out to be. When Chance says, ̈Clean up these streets so my daughter can have somewhere to play,¨ he speaks about how everyone, no matter where they are from, all have the best intentions at heart. 

In conclusion, the song Angels, by Chance the Rapper is a true story to chance ́s perspective because it demonstrates the idea of how people are not these dangerous beasts living in Chicago. People are all trying to live life and raise their kids in a positive and safe world. However, it’s easy to look blindly at Chicagoans as very unethical and morally wrong. In this story, there is no moral and the point is that everyone is just living and surviving in the world but it may just be seen in different ways. 

First Days of School Mix

And speaking of music and mixes and soundtracks, I put together my own First Days of School Mix — new music that puts everything in perspective and provides some needed boosts of inspiration. Any new songs I should add? Anyone have their own back-to-school soundtrack?

Music Poetry, Thanks to Last Year’s American Studies Class …

I don’t know about you, but I like to have a soundtrack to pretty much everything I do. And in that spirit, a class should have its own soundtrack.

But a soundtrack is personal — or at least should reflect the community that listens to it. So our class soundtrack is going to come from you — in the form of a Music Poetry assignment we will get to later in the first semester.

The Old Blog is Dead! Long Live the Old Blog!

For many years, we used the Blogger platform for the American Studies blog. Since it is owned by Google, it integrates pretty seamlessly with your Google accounts — which made it easy to use, in some respects — but it is a very limited and bug-ridden platform. So this year, we have decided to construct a new class blog from scratch using the most more powerful and stable WordPress platform.

If you are interested, though, in seeing what past American Studies students have been thinking and writing about, feel free to wander over to the old blog.