Celebrating Black Music: A Timeless Expression of the Soul

Posted on 06/16/23

Communities across the nation are celebrating Black Music Month by honoring the rich history of Black musicians who have shaped our cultural landscape. At its core, Black music has long been a catalyst to drive social change, shedding light on issues like racism, sexism and discrimination. From jazz, hip-hop, blues and soul, it has been a force for resilience, expression and storytelling that transcends borders, leaving an indelible mark on cultures everywhere.

It's also a time when community members pay tribute to Black LGBTQ+ artists like Bessie Smith, RuPaul, Billy Porter, and Big Freedia, who have fearlessly broken barriers and redefined creativity. Their impact has reshaped the music industry and challenged notions of gender and sexuality. Additionally, allies like Patti LaBelle, Donna Summer, and Vanessa Williams have used their platforms to amplify love, acceptance and equality. And just last year, Beyoncé released her album “Renaissance” as a love letter to the gay community, including her uncle Johnny, and collaborated with Black LGBTQ+ music pioneers.

We invite you to join AARP in celebrating all the Black music artists who have given their harmonious gifts where diverse voices can thrive. Listen to your favorite tunes, create and share playlists, and most importantly, let it move you this month and all year. For example, join AARP Tennessee for the National Museum of African American Music Community Day. The museum will be open to the public at no charge offering discussion and hands on activities of how Black music is an integral part of Juneteenth celebrations. 

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