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...
An Interview with June James

An Interview with June James

NMAAM is excited to announce our partnership with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and Rap Plug Live for an exclusive interview with GRAMMY-nominated producer June James. Celebrate hip hop’s 47th anniversary with us and tune in today at 10AM...
A Full Force to be Reckoned With

A Full Force to be Reckoned With

Let’s start with a trivia question: What do late entertainment icons Selena and “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown have in common? The answer: Along with their incredible cultural and social impacts, and millions of records sold worldwide, both recording artists had...
The Top 10 Moments in Black Music of the 2010s

The Top 10 Moments in Black Music of the 2010s

In less than 2 weeks, we’ll say goodbye to the 2010s and step into a brand new decade. Looking back on the past 10 years, it’s a bit mind-boggling to recall the numerous social, political, and pop culture events that have come to epitomize this era: Occupy Wall...
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...
Lizzo’s Musical Tapestry with Various Genres

Lizzo’s Musical Tapestry with Various Genres

Music artists use their art to express a spectrum of emotions and singer/ rapper Lizzo is no different. She is taking a multitude of genres to get her point across as she weaves her musical tapestry into America’s soundtrack. Her message is one of self-worth, body...