Music & History

Lydia Hayes

The Hutchinson family

American singing group of the mid-19th century, significant figures in the development of native popular music tradition. In contrast to the prevailing sentimental and minstrel songs of the period, their music confronted social issues and embraced causes including women suffrage, prohibition of alcohol, and opposition to slavery.
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NO More Beauty Standards

This year was about peace, love, and revolutionary, social changes. There were members of a group of women that wanted equal rights and the same treatment under the laws. On September 7, 1968 in Atlantic City about one hundred women from across the country protested the Miss American Pageant. Protesters chanted, waved signs with slogans. One of the slogans were “NO More Beauty Standards” and “Welcome to the Cattle Auction.” Displayed a giant Miss America puppet wearing a bathing suit and chains,

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The show introduced American pop icons like Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Ice-T as major stars who have found success in both film and television. After the Fresh Prince took off so did rap music. MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This,” was released and then Vanilla Ice “Ice, Ice Baby.” Then Queen and Both Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were subject to push back from more traditional rap music fans who considered their music to be too commercial.

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