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The Tunes That Shaped Our Culture

Black Music Month

Music. The sounds that can bring the world together. The celebration of Black Music is something we need to put more of an emphasis on. From our ancestors making songs to express joy, sorrow, inspiration or hope as they were enslaved. To Charles “Buddy” Bolden being, “the first man of jazz music”, our roots run deep in the world of music. Beautiful souls such as Billie Holiday, Kirk Franklin, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, Beyoncé, Shawn Carter just to name a few of many, have helped to shape the culture of music as a whole.


Overall the music we create symbolizes our culture’s happiness, sadness, love, loss, perseverance, passion, grit and grind.


According to Billboard the most popular consumption of music is Hip-Hop and R&B which is labeled, “Black Music” with 28% of music listeners choosing Hip-Hop & R&B. Although, Black Music is not one particular genre. Our culture has the ability to make any type of music. Our innovative ways have introduced various lanes for generations of musical artists across all ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations and identities.


Overall, Black Music has been the most influential music of all. The statistics back up that statement. As we continue to grow as people our stamp on cultural influence will continue to come to light. In the words of the King of Pop, “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make a change.” Give Black Music it’s flowers now, because it can, has and will continue to bring the world together.

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