Black Music Month 2013 Launches Guest Blogger Program

The NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC CELEBRATES BLACK MUSIC MONTH 2013

Guest blogger series leads museum’s Black Music Month annual initiatives; community partnerships enhance collaboration with local music entities

Nashville, Tenn. – (June 12, 2013) – The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will commemorate June as African American Music Appreciation Month, also known as Black Music Month, with the launch of a guest blogger program that features the original content of local and national contributors to reflect on the impact African Americans have made on American culture.

Hosted on the NMAAM website, the guest blogger series is in partnership with musical artists and journalists who will provide weekly blog posts for the entire month of June sharing local perspectives on and around the Nashville music scene, little known facts on Black Music, or historical events related to the legacy of Black music and the industry.

“We believe that Black Music Month is the ideal time to shine a definitive spotlight on the dynamic stories of black music. By launching this year’s guest blogger series, we’re establishing a way to present informational content that honors the legendary history of African American music and allows a platform for music-enthusiasts to share their thoughts, research and opinions on the numerous genres and art forms,” said Paula Roberts, executive director.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month to turn the spotlight on the rich history and enduring legacy of African American musicians, singers and composers.  Black Music Month became the stage to celebrate the huge imprint of African Americans on music across the country and the world. Since 1979 other milestones further ingrained Black Music Month into the fabric of this country.  In 2000, US-Representative Chaka Fattah sponsored House Resolution 509, which formally recognized the importance of Black music on culture and the economy during President Bill Clinton’s administration.  And in 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month.

“This stellar group of musicians and seasoned journalists are committed to a lifelong passion of music. We are honored to have their influence included on our blog and appreciate efforts to lend their voices to museum efforts and further the legacy of Black music by sharing through our website,” added Roberts.

Featured bloggers include:

Stephany Greene

Deemed Washington, D.C.’s ‘First Lady of Style’, Stephany Greene, is a sought after Celebrity Style Expert, College Professor, Fashion Designer, TV Producer, TV Host and Fashion Show Producer. Considered a respected authority on the business and politics of fashion, Stephany is President of Stephany & Company, LLC, Producer and Host of Fashionably DC TV, a cutting edge television show covering news, fashion and politics in Washington, D.C., and her blog for Essence Magazine, The Politics of Style™, attracted an audience of over 90,000 viewers a month the #1 website in the genre, Essence.com.

Teree McCormick

Jazz singer Teree Campbelle McCormick is a native Nashvillian who grew up listening to classical and pop, vocal and instrumental, sacred and secular music and takes influences from greats such as Bach to Roberta Flack to Ivan Lins. Teree sings, writes, arranges and plays percussion. She performs with the Brasilian music groups, Samba Nove, Choro Nashville! and has appeared as a featured artist with Ritmos Picantes.

Chris Williams

For the past four and a half years, Chris Williams has been a freelance writer for various national and international publications such as The Atlantic, The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), The Huffington Post, EBONY Magazine, AOL, Wax Poetics Magazine, Politic365.com, Black America Web, and PopMatters Magazine. He has been interviewed by BBC Radio One in London, UK for his entertainment writing with SoulCulture Magazine, the Political Jones Radio Show, a national syndicated radio program distributed by the American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), and WPB Radio station in Baltimore, MD for his political writing with The Huffington Post. He is currently working on his first book to be published by 2015.

NMAAM will also support area musical events in Nashville through community partnerships.  With Kid Electric Concerts, NMAAM will join for a tribute show to the 1990’s Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’s Bad Boy Records era, Friday June 21, 9 p.m. at Mercy Lounge. An all-star lineup of local performers such Jonathan Winstead, William Davenport and Lo Carter are among those who will perform songs by rapper The Notorious B.I.G., singer Faith Evans and R&B group 112. NMAAM will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of WFSK-FM 88.1 through special performances that the station is holding at Nashville performance venue Jazz-N-Jokes with a concert series for Black Music Month featuring jazz recording artists Brian Simpson (June 17, 7:30 p.m.); Euge Groove (June 28, 7 & 9:30 p.m.); Joe Johnson (June 28, 7 & 9:30 p.m.); Gerald Albright (June 30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.).

About the Author

NMAAM

The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019. It is to be the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. Being built in Nashville, the Museum will share the story of the American Soundtrack, integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.