Black Music Month

In honor of Black Music Month, NewsOne presents MY MUSICAL INSPIRATION, where newsmakers and celebrities talk about the artist who most inspires them in their…

T.I. still can’t seem to shake his inner thug.  The rapper known for his dope boy persona and street-inspired lyrics is currently incarcerated in federal prison.  T.I., whose government name is Clifford J. Harris, Jr., was arrested throughout his youth.  But shortly after his drug possession conviction in 1998, he took steps to turn his […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Pasadena Civic Auditorium 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA When: March 25, 1983 What: The King of Pop moonwalks across the stage during his performance at the Motown 25th Anniversary, treating audiences worldwide to what became his signature dance move. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Woodstock Festival White Lake, NY When: August  18, 1969 What: On Monday morning, August 18, 1969, the last day of the Woodstock Festival, headliner Jimi Hendrix closed his two hour set by performing a searing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” on his electric guitar. The performance […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Los Angeles Coliseum 3939 South Figueroa Street When: August 20, 1972 What: Often referred to as “the Black Woodstock,” the day-long concert featuring Stax Records artists was held to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Can Am Studios Tarzana, CA 18730 Oxnard Street When: August 1996 What: The fifth and final studio album from the iconic Tupac Shakur was finished in a total of seven days, barely a month before his death. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Kool Herc’s apartment  1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NY When: August 11, 1973 What: With his sister Cindy acting as “promoter,” sixteen year old Clive “Kool Herc” Campbell throws a “back to school” party to raise money for school clothes, and inadvertently launching the musical movement that became […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Westlake Studios. 8447 Beverly Blvd in West Hollywood When: November 8, 1982 What: Michael Jackson felt his “Off the Wall” album didn’t get its proper due at the Grammy Awards. He recorded “Thriller” with the intent of showing the world the he was the King of Pop, […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA When: 5/8/1992 What: After two years of countersuits and trials, the Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling that 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be was obscene and sale of […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) (New) Yankee Stadium, 1 East 161 St, Bronx, NY 10452 When: October 30, 2009 What: Jay-Z and  Alicia Keys perform their anthemic “Empire State of Mind” before a World Series game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music […]

Dreamgirls is the film adaptation of the Tony Award 1981 Broadway play. Dreamgirls follows the story of The Dreams, an R&B all girl group who rise to fame during the 1960’s. With a production cost of $80 million, Dreamgirls is the most expensive film to feature an all African-American cast. Dreamgirls was originally meant as […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 1400 Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami, Fl When: May 11, 1981 What: The legendary reggae singer/songwriter and activist lost his battle with cancer shortly after arriving in Miami following alternative treatment at a clinic in Germany. Marley left behind, however, a rewarding legacy of soulful music for the […]