via ebony: On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued a decree to honor the extraordinary contributions made by black musicians across the United States. After petitioning the Carter administration for a year, the now defunct Black Music Association was successful in securing the first Black music event at the White House. Through the arduous efforts […]

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2014. It has been republished in commemoration of this year’s “Black Music Month.” What is Black Music Month? Why do we celebrate it? And at this point, with rap and R&B now the dominant genres on the pop charts, couldn’t every month be Black Music Month? […]