In honour of Juneteenth and Black Music Month, we celebrate the musical excellence of Black Americans and acknowledge the history of struggle and resilience the music was founded on. Remember: Jazz, blues, rock & roll, funk, soul, R&B, disco, and house came from Black People. These are the stories and songs that define American music.
Plunge into the racist history of popular American music—a story of Black appropriation, Jim Crow, and Blackface.
Hear a sample from New York Time’s 1619 podcast about the haunting and powerful origins of Black music.
Before Elvis Presley was the King, Sister Rosetta was the true founding Queen of Rock N’ Roll.
Hear a sample of the story about the kickass Black godmother of Rock N’ Roll.
📺 Watch how her spunky guitar chords inspired an entire generation.
Glitter, elegance, and glamour. You simply can’t separate fashion from music especially when it comes to The Supremes.
Image courtesy of The Ed Sullivan Show
Hear a sample of the founding member of The Supremes talking about the evolution of the group's coordinated ensembles.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s vocal fireworks have touched countless souls.
Nerd out and dissect one of her best songs, “Think”.
Another Black queen of music, Beyoncé Knowles failed so many times in her early years that she almost didn’t become Queen Bey.
Ride the rollercoaster journey of her fierce career in this eye-opening mini-series.
Bring on jazz hip-hop! The past and present of African-American music has finally collided in the past decade.
Hear a sample of this refreshing story of how today’s rappers like Kendrick Lamar are incorporating 80’s jazz influences to hip-hop.
🎤 American music is Black music.
Image courtesy of Recording Academy / GRAMMYs
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