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Rhythm and blues

Music genre that originated in African American communities in the 1940s

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Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, and aspirations.


Singer R. Kelly denied bail on U.S. charges of sex crimes over two decades

R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that..
Reuters - Published

R&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex-crime charges

Grammy Award-winning singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges after having been indicted there and in New York, his lawyer and a law enforcement source said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Rhythm and blues

Kennedy Center Will Honor 'Sesame Street' And Sally Field [Video]Kennedy Center Will Honor 'Sesame Street' And Sally Field

CNN reports that the Kennedy Center announced its list of 2019 honorees. R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. Actress Sally Field. Singer Linda Ronstadt. "Sesame Street." Conductor and musical visionary..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Judge Orders R. Kelly Held Without Bond [Video]Judge Orders R. Kelly Held Without Bond

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges. The judge said that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Feds Arrest R. Kelly [Video]Feds Arrest R. Kelly

R. Kelly has been arrested on sex charges in Chicago for the second time this year. Newser reports that Kelly was arrested by Federal Authorities on Thursday. The R&B singer was walking his dog around..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Sephora to close U.S. stores for diversity training [Video]Sephora to close U.S. stores for diversity training

Beauty chain Sephora will close all of its U.S. stores for an hour on Wednesday for diversity training for employees following a racial incident involving Grammy-nominated singer SZA. Colette Luke has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published


New R. Kelly charges mean singer is facing "decades" behind bars, legal expert says

CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss newly announced charges against R. Kelly. The R&B singer was arrested Thursday night and is facing a 13-count indictment..
CBS News - Published

R. Kelly arrested by feds on new sex crimes charges, including child pornography

R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago Thursday on new sex crimes charges, putting the embattled singer in even deeper legal jeopardy. - Published

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