Missy Elliott and the Sonic Revolution

Missy Elliott and the Sonic Revolution

Editor’s Note: Guest Editor Panama Jackson has hand-selected a group of acclaimed writers to curate this special series of personal narratives celebrating Black music, in preparation for the National Museum of African American Music’s January 2021 opening. In the...
Beyoncé is Black Love

Beyoncé is Black Love

Editor’s Note: Guest Editor Panama Jackson has hand-selected a group of acclaimed writers to curate this special series of personal narratives celebrating Black music, in preparation for the National Museum of African American Music’s January 2021 opening. You don’t...
I Fell in Love with A Love Supreme

I Fell in Love with A Love Supreme

Editor’s Note: Guest Editor Panama Jackson has hand-selected a group of acclaimed writers to curate this special series of personal narratives celebrating Black music, in preparation for the National Museum of African American Music’s January 2021 opening....
God Lives in a Juke Joint

God Lives in a Juke Joint

Editor’s Note: Guest Editor Panama Jackson has hand-selected a group of acclaimed writers to curate this special series of personal narratives celebrating Black music, in preparation for the National Museum of African American Music’s January 2021 opening. I remember...
My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Eric Roberson

My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Eric Roberson

GRAMMY Award-nominated singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer Eric Roberson is one of the most widely acclaimed independent artists of our era. Heralded as the “King of Independent Soul/R&B,” this multi-faceted music creator was our guest...
My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Bobby Rush

My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Bobby Rush

GRAMMY Award-winning blues hero Bobby Rush was our guest for a My Music Matters Artist Chat. Join us as we sat down with this Blues Hall of Fame and Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame inductee to discuss his 7-decade career.  
Tributaries of Sound: NMAAM’s Rivers of Rhythm Pathways

Tributaries of Sound: NMAAM’s Rivers of Rhythm Pathways

It wasn’t until college when I truly discovered the richness of Black music. Though I grew up in a Black household and was familiar with all of the necessary music to ensure that I wouldn’t be an embarrassment to my family or community, college is where I really dug...
The Future of Hip Hop

The Future of Hip Hop

In October 1999, Yasiin Bey (going by the moniker Mos Def at the time) released his debut album, Black on Both Sides; it was a hip hop classic upon arrival. The first record on the album—an intro really—“Fear Not Of Man” is largely Mos talking, and then rapping, about...
My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Paul Kwami

My Music Matters Artist Chat w/ Paul Kwami

Paul Kwami has proudly served as musical director of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers since 1994, and we were honoured to have him as a guest for our My Music Matters Artist Chat. In our interview, we discussed the ensemble’s rich history and its continuing...