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  • Analysis of Andy Razaf African American composer, poet, and lyricist
  • Biography
    • Born in Washington D.C. on December 16, 1895
    • Birth name - Andriamanantena Paul Razafinkarefo
    • Father - Henry, a Malagasy nobleman
    • Mother - Jennie (Waller), granddaughter of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar
    • French invasion of Madagascar - father died, mother and Andy were forced to move to America
    • Raised in Harlem
    • Andy dropped out of school at age 16 and became and elevator operator
    • Began working with Fats Waller (his cousin), Benny Goodman, and Eubie Blake writing songs
    • Editor of the UNIA’s Negro World newspaper
    • Recognized in the songwriters Hall of Fame at age 76
    • Died on February 3, 1973
  • Brotherhood Brotherhood means being kind The weak, the strong, the meek, the brave, thinking with an open mind the rich, the poor, the king, the slave, judging not by race or creeds the wise, the fool, the good, the knave, but by character and deeds. are common clay bound for the grave. Brotherhood means decency The truly great in their brief span love of human dignity are only those who work and plan always doing all you can to benefit the human race to lift up your fellow man. so they can look God in the face Brotherhood means not to be and hear him say, "Thy fruits were good. slaves of hate and bigotry You scattered seeds of brotherhood." but to wisely realize all are equal in God's eyes.
  • Summary of Brotherhood
    • To have peace between people we must be tolerant
    • We should judge based on character and actions rather than beliefs and appearances
    • People should love each other as family just because they are fellow humans
    • Your position in life doesn’t matter because in the end we all have the same fate
  • What Did I Do to be so Black and Blue
    • Cold, empty bed, Springs hard as lead,
    • Pains in my head, Feel like old Ned.
    • What did I do, to be so Black And Blue?
    • No joys for me, No company,
    • Even the mouse ran from my house,
    • All my life through, I've been so Black And Blue.
    • I'm white inside, It don't help my case
    • 'Cause I can't hide, what is on my face, oh!
    • I'm so forlorn, Life's just a thorn,
    • My heart is torn, Why was I born?
    • What did I do, to be so Black And Blue?
    • 'Cause you're black, Folks think you lack
    • They laugh at you, And scorn you too,
    • What did I do, to be so Black And Blue?
    • When you are near, they laugh and sneer,
    • Set you aside and you're denied,
    • What did I do, to be so Black And Blue?
    • How sad I am, each day I feel worse,
    • My mark of Ham seems to be a curse!
    • How will it end? Ain't got a friend,
    • My only sin Is my skin.
    • What did I do, to be so Black And Blue?
  • Summary of Black and Blue
    • Being black is a lonely struggle
    • Racism makes blacks depressed and discouraged
    • Being black is considered a sin
  • Style
    • 1) His work reflects what he observed about the social and racial issues while he lived in NYC
    • 2) His song lyrics provide an African-American perspective on the reality of America
    • 3) Razaf uses Modernism by choosing to express the hardships of racism so boldly
    • 4) Razaf is the product of his experiences; including those from when he lived in Harlem as a teen
    • 5) African American history has impacted Andy in ways that motivated him to publicize the harm of racism.
  • Works Cited
    • http://www.associatepublisher.com/e/a/an/andy_razaf.htm
    • http://www.perfessorbill.com/lyrics/lyblckbl.htm
    • http://www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C305
    • http://www.answers.com/topic/andy- razaf