The official website for Madame C.J. Walker, hair care products and paraphernalia
jillian bastow's insight:
thousands of African Americans moved from the rural South to the more industrialized and urban North at the turn of the 20th century. Because of this influx of people, neighborhoods began to spring up according to culture. as part of this, many people adapted their business and invented new businesses. use the website to learn about Madame Walker who invented haircare products for African Americans. She was also the first African American millionaire.
Use the link to learn and understand more about the Harlem Renaissance. In your exploration of the site, be certain to click on the 'performers' section. Answer the questions in your booklet using the website.
Once you have finished circling and considering meaning, go back through the poem. Did notice any references? (Remember, a reference literally carries you back- it should spark a connection to something else) Box the references you find in the poem. Then, below, use what you already know to try to make a connection from that reference (what is it referring to?)
“Bridging the Gap”
As we discovered in class, the poem “Bridging the Gap” by Nas contains references to African Americans and to their unique history in the United States. One of those references, as we discussed, was to famous Jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.
Directions: In groups of three, using the mobile lab, use the websites listed to discover more about the Jazz musicians Nas mentions and the Harlem Renaissance. Some questions can be found on the website, while others will require you to consider our reading of “Bridging the Gap”, and others just require you to share you opinion.
1. What is another name for the Harlem Renaissance? When and where did it take place?
2. What might the time period be significant? What factors during this time made the Harlem Renaissance possible? Why don’t you think that it could have happened before this?
3. Click on the “Performers” section of the first website. Chose an artist and describe what you see. Why do you think this person became part of the Harlem Renaissance?
4. Describe the “French Connection.”
5. Click on “Political Issues” on the first website. Scroll down to “Social Conditions.” We discussed slave songs in a previous class. After you read this section, do you think there is a link between those slave songs and the Harlem Renaissance? What is that link?
6. Nas makes a direct reference to Miles in “Bridging the Gap.” We decided that he is referencing the musician Miles Davis. Why do you think that the poet Nas only identifies this person by his first name?
7. Read through the “Bio” page of the second website. What strikes you about Miles Davis? What made him so famous and influential? Do you think that his race was a hindrance or an advantage in his career? Why?
Fashion during the Harlem Renaissance was influenced by society as it is today. Not only did fashion express an individual as a person, but it also represented their social status. The Harlem...
jillian bastow's insight:
The Harlem Renaissance was more than a new style of music; it encompassed art, poetry, society, and dress (Ms. Bastow's favorite). Use the website to learn more about and visualize the changes. Do you notice anything about the four women on the homepage?
use the link to research two slave narratives. When you've finished reading the narratives, look at Stanza 3, line 2. what connections can you make between the experiences of the slaves and the way that Nas incorporates this line?
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