It started in 1979 as Black Music Month, when a group of music industry veterans successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to formally recognize the cultural and financial contributions of black music. President Barack Obama, in 2009, further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month declaring the start of summer as a celebration for all the black “musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters [who] have made enormous contributions to our culture.”
Black American #1s
#1 Billboard Hot 100 hits from African American artists of the past 50 years
Black Music's Legendary Labels
The enduring music of Motown, Stax, Philadelphia International, and Vee-Jay
Jazz and the Black Experience
Spirituals, protest songs,
and music that highlights the African roots of Jazz
HitKast Hip Hop and R&B
Today's top trending urban hits
Throwback Hip Hop and R&B
Old School R&B and Hip Hop hits
Love & Inspiration
Get encouraged and inspired by R&B and gospel greats like Mary Mary, Smokie Norful, and more
New Orleans R&B and Funk
A jukebox's worth of classics from Toussaint, Domino, and the other founders of Big Easy soul
New Smooth Jazz
The latest Smooth Jazz releases
This Is Hip Hop
A rundown of Hip Hop history's biggest tracks
Queens of Vocal Jazz
Billie, Ella, Nina, Sarah, Lena, Dinah, and more...jazz royalty!
The greats of the post-war to late-'70s era: Muddy, B.B., Buddy, and the Wolf
Glory and Praise
Contemporary, R&B-flavored Gospel
Slow tempos, relaxed rhythms... it's where Smooth Jazz meets R&B
Classic R&B Love Songs
Love and romance R&B
The artists and hits of the Motor City institution that defined Classic Soul
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