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2020: Road to Grand Opening

2020: Road to Grand Opening

Welcome to a new year and a new decade! 2020 is NMAAM’s year, and as we inch closer to our grand opening this summer we want to give you an insider’s view of what’s happening behind the scenes. As 2019 wound down, we featured blog posts about each of our galleries...
Word is Bond: NMAAM’s The Message Gallery

Word is Bond: NMAAM’s The Message Gallery

As the youngest musical genre to arise from the Black experience in America, hip-hop simultaneously embodies the history and influence of its predecessors while keeping its eye trained on the new and the now, and its finger on the pulse of the next. NMAAM’s The...
Tracing the Blues: NMAAM’s Crossroads Gallery

Tracing the Blues: NMAAM’s Crossroads Gallery

    When talking about the blues, most people think about a relatively simple 12-bar, three-chord composition commonly in 4/4 time. The blues evokes images of juke joints and dusty country roads, and triggers profound emotional responses ranging from longing...
The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The Power of Gospel: NMAAM’s Wade in the Water Gallery

The sound of faith is one that has contributed to America’s soundtrack by laying the foundation for what would become known as religious music or gospel. The National Museum of African American Music will feature a gallery called Wade in the Water to document the...
Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Black Music Honors Celebrates Musical Legends

Paying homage to music icons that paved the way and celebrating their achievements was the highlight of the 2019 Black Music Honors show in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held on September 5, at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and honored legendary artists who...
Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

Visionary Missy Elliott Pushes Boundaries and Makes History

There’s no denying the impact that Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has had on America’s soundtrack. The four time GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Melissa Arnette Elliot was the top female hip hop album seller through the late 90s and early 2000s. She has...
Blanco Brown Fuses Country & Rap to Create Trailer Trap Music

Blanco Brown Fuses Country & Rap to Create Trailer Trap Music

Crafting The Sound Meshing the sounds of country and hip hop, Blanco Brown’s affectionately coined “Trailer Trap” is now apart of America’s soundtrack. The sound draws from his influences including Outkast and Johnny Cash. Brown has been named as one of Billboard’s “7...