On Ben: NMAAM Remembers Legacy Board Member Ben Rechter

On Ben: NMAAM Remembers Legacy Board Member Ben Rechter

“He was a giant!,” said Butch Spyridon. “He was a hero!,” said Kevin Lavender. These are among the first words that these men shared when we discussed Ben Rechter’s passing. But that’s not all; in his departure, the family has lost a beloved brother and father, our...
Women In Harmony: Black Women Producers

Women In Harmony: Black Women Producers

Women account for around 20% of the music industry, and only about 2% of women in music are producers. Black women make up less than 1% of that 2%, according to a 2020 LA Times article. That 1%, of course, includes artists like Missy Elliott, who is as acclaimed for...
Women In Harmony: Black Women DJs

Women In Harmony: Black Women DJs

“Last night, a DJ saved my life.” At some point in all our lives, we’ve experienced what that phrase means. Whether on a dance floor or driving with the windows down and the radio blasting, that feeling of having the perfect song hit at the perfect moment is a...
Women In Harmony: Black Women in Country, Folk, and Americana

Women In Harmony: Black Women in Country, Folk, and Americana

March is Women’s History Month, and NMAAM is celebrating Black women’s contributions to music, culture, and social justice. Make no mistake–the National Museum of African American Music does this year round, just as we do with all aspects of Black music...