The First Time I Heard…Erykah Badu

February 27, 2017

In recounting the first time I heard Erykah Badu, I wish I could say that “it was a stormy night. You know the kind where the lightning strikes? And...

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The First Time I Heard…George Michael

January 18, 2017

  I wasn’t around for the rock ‘n roll British invasion of the sixties but I sure do remember the impact that British acts had in the eighties. The...

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Passion high, deep for state-of-the-art music museum

January 5, 2017

Passion high, deep for state-of-the-art music museum by Don Hardin Black music has been a cornerstone of American life since before this country was founded. In just a short while,...

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The First Time I Heard…Chaka Khan

December 15, 2016

      In 1984, breakdancing was all the rage. (If you missed out on this period of parachute pants, neon clothes and glow in the dark bracelets, I...

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The First Time I Heard…Rod Temperton

November 9, 2016

British composer and musician Rod Temperton, passed away last month at age 66 in London. He was the first songwriter I knew by name that wasn’t also an artist...

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The First Time I Heard…Kashif

October 17, 2016

The First Time I Heard…Kashif Early to mid-80’s and the late 90’s are the eras in R&B that are dearest to my heart.  There are two producers in those...

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The First Time I Heard … Kirk Franklin

September 13, 2016

“For some who don’t understand our purpose and may not understand our praise, we as a family in Jesus’ name would like to tell you the reason why we...

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2016 Black Music Honors was an Iconic Success

August 24, 2016

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC WELCOMED HONOREES, ARTISTS AND MUSIC INDUSTRY TO THE INAUGURAL CELEBRATE THE SOUL: BLACK MUSIC HONORS  New Event Honored Music Legends in Music...

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The First Time I Heard…Big Daddy Kane

August 1, 2016

“It’s ’88, time to set it straight, you know what I’m sayin’?  It ain’t no half steppin’…”  In 1988, Big Daddy Kane finessed his way into the golden era...

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The Global Acceptance of African American Music

June 30, 2016

by Roy “Futureman” Wooten The global acceptance of African American music from classical music to popular music represents a historical journey full of challenges, adversity and political influence. Despite...

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The First Time I Heard…New Edition

June 21, 2016

“What is that dance that boy is doing? He looks like he’s having a fit.” This was how my father described the popping and locking a little boy was...

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Black Music Month & Music Education

June 17, 2016

Part Two of our Conversation with Black Music Month Co-Founder and NMAAM National Advisory Board Member Dyana Williams NMAAM has the honor of having one of the co-founders of Black Music...

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