Celebrating the Legendary Contribution to Music by Black Artists

Posted by Ria, 06 Jun

African Americans have been known for their contribution to music. It’s amazing how far back we can go to credit them. And president Jimmy Carter is credited for all this appreciation to black music when he announced Black music month on June 7th, 1979. Ever since then, the month of June is dedicated to honoring black music.

Blacks are widely known for their innovation when it comes to music. They have dominated the hip hop and rap industry. Its like music in their bones. If we were to credit all musicians and their contribution, we will have pages and pages of black musicians.

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Lafayette Leak, Bob Marley and his sons, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Barry White, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Boyz to Men, the Commodores, Lionel Richie… Then we got the likes of Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay Z, Lil Kim, Tupac… The list is endless…

No matter what kind of music, blacks seem to excel in it. It's like all the big names in Music seem to be blacks. They are innovative and seem not to run out of ideas. It’s a thing of hit after hit!

Even Trump recognized this month as black music month. In his statement he said:

“During June, we pay tribute to the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to American music. The indelible legacy of these musicians who have witnessed our Nation’s greatest achievements, as well as its greatest injustices gives all Americans a richer, deeper understanding of American culture. Their creativity has shaped every genre of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and rap.”

He credited great musicians like Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald for using their music to bring Americans together adding:

“These musicians also remind us of our humanity and of our power to overcome. They expressed the soul of blues, gospel, and rock and roll, which has so often captured the hardships of racism and injustices suffered by African Americans, as well as daily joys and celebrations.”

The statement continued:

“Their work highlights the power music has to channel the human experience, and they remain a testament to the resilience of all freedom-loving people. We are grateful for their contribution to the canon of great American art.”

We may have left out so many great names. However, in whatever way they have contributed, be it producing, singing, rapping, dancing or directing, we honor them all.

Happy Black Music Month.

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  1.   Goodday2017 says:
    Posted: 17 Sep 18

    Black music is great but blues,jazz,rock and roll,reggae,r and b, and yes hip hop is dominated by blacks it's another of our creations.

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  2.   blacrush says:
    Posted: 06 Jun 18

    we are the culture africans

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