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June is Black Music Month. Here’s a look at eight pioneers of Black music firsts…

#BlackMusicMonth: A Look At 8 Pioneers Of Black Music Firsts was originally published on rickeysmileymorningshow.com

1. Dyana Williams: Co-founded Black Music Month

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2. AJ Calloway and Free: Hosts of 106th and Park, the first Black alternative to MTV’s TRL

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3. Shirley Caesar: First female gospel artist to perform at Harvard

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4. Soulja Boy: First rapper to have a music video on YouTube (so he said)

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5. Monica: First youngest Black Grammy winner

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6. Da Brat: First female rapper to go platinum

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7. Kirk Franklin: First gospel artist to go to platinum with their debut album

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8. Cathy Hughes: Founder of Radio One, the largest African-American-owned broadcasting company in the U.S.

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