It’s the sixth month of 2011, and this is a time when to break out the tunes of my people. Black Music. For some who are wondering why I am amped about June, is particularly the effect on African Americans. One, as we know about Juneteenth Day on June 19 when slavery was declared dead, and also that the Month of June is dedicated to black music. And for the record, it is legal. Since 1979, after President Jimmy Carter made it official it is become well known that most folks should take the time to appreciate the value of music that blacks created over the years and centuries. From the African drum to the now (sometimes bothersome) autotune. From the Spirituals of the slavery times to Gospel of now. From the rag time rhythms of jazz, to Funk, Soul, Folk, Zydeco, Rock and Roll, Country, R&B, and now Hip Hop it is all a given.

It’s time to appreciate that yes it’s just music. I know. But what about the value? The value of all of this is the fact that Black Music is still around. And in my opinion, one of the most sampled on the planet. I kind of get this alot. What do you mean “the most sampled or copied?” Look at the history.

History will tell you that all music (even Ska music) originated with black culture. Take Africa for example. All of the dancing and the rhythm beats. Came from Africa. Let me go to Rock Music. When rock music is mentioned you’re probably thinking of all the rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay. BUT: there are artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Lenny Kravitz, and Slash that made this to never forget. For Hip-Hop, we know this very well. Without the likes of Run-DMC, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, and the Sugarhill Gang, Nicki Minaj wouldn’t be working, Period. (I’m still trying to figure her out) R&B, same thing. Most folks who go against it always comes back with respect. Sort of like James Brown. When his sound came out way back when, there were folks that came influenced. And even after his death, there are those today who still influence the sound he produced. For Pop Music – let me school all the Justin Bieber Fans out there. And you Lady Gaga folks or any other now pop version fan there. Without the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, and other Pop Icons from the Black Music Commuinty, they wouldn’t have jobs! It’s not to disrespect them of their thing, but it’s a way to pay homage that most of us really need to understand.

So in regarding Black Music Month, I celebrate this music month because of not only the artists, but it is the value. Now I can hear the internet buzzing on the blogs and other stuff that yeah, I get, but why. Once again, look at the history. And one other thing: Black Music Month is like Black History Month in a way of learning about the idealistic value of it’s beginnings, and not to it’s grand finale. The only way that Black Music Month would be faded out, is NOT talking or learning about it’s value.

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