Black & Proud: When Music is Political

Black & Proud: When Music is Political

Black artists are no strangers to dealing with racism from audiences and music industry peers, and for decades, African American musicians, singers, songwriters, and composers have used song as the megaphone to loudly highlight and protest social injustices.  Songs...
A Song for Dad

A Song for Dad

One of my earliest memories of spending time with my father is of us walking to the grocery store in a snow storm. The Blizzard of ’93 was sweeping through Georgia, the roads had closed and the lights were flickering from the cold. I was four years old and going stir...
Black & Proud: Harness Your Freedom

Black & Proud: Harness Your Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the date when the last slaves were set free. On this day, Union Gen. Gordon Granger notified an estimated 250,000 enslaved Black...
Black and Proud: Black Lives Matter

Black and Proud: Black Lives Matter

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, hundreds of teens gathered at Bicentennial Park to begin their march through Downtown Nashville in memory of George Floyd and to protest racism and police brutality. When NMAAM learned that the group intended to stop in front of the museum...
Black & Proud: LGBTQ Artists are the Pride of Black Music

Black & Proud: LGBTQ Artists are the Pride of Black Music

It’s Pride Month, the perfect time to look at the historic and ongoing contributions of Black LGBTQ music artists.  Choosing to not conform to the preferences and expectations dictated by society, these artists define themselves. They lead the way in non-conforming...