Black Music Month

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Fifth Ward, 4300 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 When: February 17, 1989 What: Rap-A-Lot Records releases Grip It! On That Other Level the first album to feature the line-up of Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. Rick Rubin remixed ten of the album’s twelve tracks for the […]

Singer Toni Braxton grew up in a religious household and her first performance took place in church. Toni has a fall back plan in case her singing career every sinks like the titanic. She attended Bowie State University in Maryland and earned a degree in Education but followed her dreams to pursue a career in […]

The Jackson kids were talented and I would assume they got it from their father. Joseph Jackson had a few talents of his own, boxing and music. He played guitar as a member of the singing group the Falcons during the 1950s. His brother Luther was also part of the group. After the group could […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 2900 Block of Presstman Street, Baltimore, MD When: 1987 What: Kevin Liles started as a rapper in the group Numarx, whose greatest feat was having their 1987 single “Girl You Know It’s True” re-recorded by Milli Vanilli a year later. The headache getting properly compensated for his […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 When: May 4, 1959 What: At the first ever Grammy Awards, legendary songstress Ella Fitzgerald and bandleader Count Basie become the first African Americans to win Grammy Awards. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration of Black Music Month, TheUrbanDaily’s “It’s All Black […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Early office of Luke Skyywalker Records. 1205 N.W. 54 St.Liberty City, Miami, Fl 33142 When: 1986 What: Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell launched the independent Luke Skyywalker Records (eventually changed to Luke Records after a George Lucas lawsuit) which finds great success as the recording home to acts […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Grace Temple Church 4200 E Berry St Fort Worth, TX 76105 When: July 25, 1992 What: Kirk Franklin’s debut album Kirk Franklin & The Family was recorded live at Grace Temple Church, Fort Worth, Texas on July 25, 1992. The album was certified Platinum on November 14, […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)St Clair Ave & E 99th St, Cleveland, OH 44108 When: June 13, 1995 What: The first single off of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s debut album E. 1999 Eternal referenced the day of the month when welfare recipients received their checks. It was the group’s first hit and was nominated […]

Kenny Gamble and Ed Wright created Black Music Month! Gamble credits his inspiration for starting it to the evolution of the NATRA (National Association of Television & Radio Announcers). “At one of its annual conventions, there were discussions on how it could evolve into something different, as NATRA had fallen on some hard economic times. […]

June is the national month to celebrate and recognize black music but it seems like the designated time frame has become less important than previous years. Frequency Magazine evaluated the cultural significance of black music month in their latest issue noting that president “Obama, to date is the first POTUS not to hold (or attend) a […]

We all know the queen is blessed with many different talents which is why she is always working. Queen Latifah started out beatboxing for a female rap group Ladies Fresh. Later she became an original member of Flava unit, a crew of MCs and a producer named DJ Mark the 45 King who recorded Latifahs […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023 When: August 1981 What: B-boy pioneers the Rock Steady Crew battled their rivals, the Dynamic Rockers, to a packed crowd of fans and passersby alike, and news crews captured the heavily self-promoted event. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In celebration […]