The Power of Your Voice

The Power of Your Voice

2020 has been a year of unexpected complexity. Most of us probably woke up on January 1st full of hope, not just because it was a new year, but also because of what 2020 symbolized–a new decade, a symbol for perfect vision, or just a cool number, full of ideas...

Have You Heard: On the Dance Floor

Have You Heard? Disco, dance, and house all derive from African American musical expression, and NMAAM shined the spotlight on some of the most influential artists to get us out On the Dancefloor: The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer; the Godfather of House Music, Frankie...

The Message: Hip-Hop and Social Movements

Since the very beginning, hip-hop has been the voice of Black youth culture and has reflected the lived experiences of both its creators and consumers. Tackling everything from the crack epidemic to gang violence, police brutality, racism, and political and economic...

The Message: Rise of the Moguls

Hip-hop is not only responsible for driving massive shifts in culture and influencing trends world-wide; it’s also been a seemingly inexhaustible source of innovation and entrepreneurship. In the 1990s, artists stepped off the stage and into the boardroom,...

The Message: Ladies of the ’80s

During our month-long celebration of hip-hop, we had to take a moment to pay homage to some of the queens who reigned supreme during its early years. From 1970s predecessors like The Mercedes Ladies and the first on wax, MC Sha Rock came the Ladies of the ’80s:...

The Message: Hip-Hop’s Beginnings

Tracing its origins from West African griot traditions and African American and Caribbean linguistic styles, hip-hop is rooted in Black culture. The Black Arts Movement of the ’60s put artists like the Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron in the spotlight and paved...

Have You Heard: Out of Bounds

For the final installment in our Black Music Month “Have You Heard” series, we uplifted the names of Black artists whose music knows no boundaries. Even as Black music is at the heart and soul of every popular musical genre, Black music is boundless. Some...

Have You Heard: Black & Blue Notes

As Black Music Month winded down, NMAAM continued to highlight the musical genres that have emerged from the African American cultural experience. This Have You Heard, is all about jazz, which we explore in our A Love Supreme gallery.  

Have You Heard: 12 Bars

From spirituals and gospel, we get the blues, and this “Have You Heard?” installment shines a light on a few of the artists who tell stories of love, loss, longing, and life. The work songs of sharecroppers and lumber mill workers emerged the blues, and NMAAM’s...

Have You Heard: Fathers of the Movement

Have You Heard? On Father’s Day,  NMAAM took a moment to salute some of the musicians we like to call the Fathers of the Movement: The Godfather of Funk, George Clinton; the Father of the Blues, WC Handy; the Father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey; one of the...