What Does Black Music Month Mean To You?
Once the sun begins to stay out longer and you can’t remember the last time the temperature outside was below 80 degrees, you have officially entered the month of June. June represents the beginning of Summer, the opening of local pools, and of course the beginning of wedding season.
However, June also represents Black Music Month. Black Music Month began in 1979 after Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the concept to dedicate a month to celebrate the impact of black music.
Since then, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to receiving national recognition. More recently, on May 31, 2016 President Barack Obama officially declared the month of June as African American Music Appreciation Month. So what does Black Music Month mean to you?
NC Online News spoke with a few radio personality in the North Carolina area to find out exactly what Black Music Month means to them:
Fat Jeez of 102 Jamz
“Every month is Black Music Month to me. Black Music has proved to be the most influential music in the world, whether its sports, or in the community. Black Music is even in most of the movies that you see every day. So for me Black Music Month is all year round.”
Melissa Wade, The Light 103.9 FM
“To me, Black Music Month is an array of sound, melody, and harmony of African American Culture. This comes from greats like Pastor Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Patti Labelle, the late Prince, Bob Marley, and Lenny Kravitz. Black Music Month is a melting pot of sound that comes from our culture & helps make up who we are. Everybody relays it differently.”