The First Time I Heard…Chaka Khan

      In 1984, breakdancing was all the rage. (If you missed out on this period of parachute pants, neon clothes and glow in the dark bracelets, I feel sorry for you. Maybe these things will make their way back around again). At the height of this craze, a movie called

The First Time I Heard…Rod Temperton

    British composer and musician Rod Temperton, passed away last month at age 66 in London. He was the first songwriter I knew by name that wasn’t also an artist during my childhood. This is because I was absolutely obsessed with liner notes as a kid. I spent countless Satu

The First Time I Heard…Kashif

  The First Time I Heard…Kashif Early to mid-80’s and the late 90’s are the eras in R&B that are dearest to my heart.  There are two producers in those eras who are responsible for that: J Dilla, who I credit for one of the main reasons I love the late 90’s and Kashif for whe

The First Time I Heard … Kirk Franklin

  “For some who don’t understand our purpose and may not understand our praise, we as a family in Jesus’ name would like to tell you the reason why we sing…”  ~ “Why We Sing” – Kirk Franklin and The Family       From what I’ve heard (and because I’m completel

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2017 My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon

June 02, 2017

  The Legends Luncheon celebrates music, specifically the impact that African Americans have made on American musical culture. This concept...

MET Summer Academy

June 12, 2017

Registration Information Registration and Fee Deadline: June 5, 2017 Early Bird – $50 off if you register by April 15,...

The National Museum of African American Music will stand as an international iconic cultural museum dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music.


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