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  • Celebrate Black Music Month

    Published: June 2021

    By: Roberta Johnson 

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    Did you know that Black Music Month has Philly origins? Philadelphia is the mecca of Black Music and it is no surprise that the legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records, Kenney Gamble, declared June as Black Music Month!  

     

    In 2000, the “Mother of Black Music Month,” radio personality and celebrity media coach, Dyana Williams along with former congressman Chaka Fattah worked tirelessly to get the African American Music Bill passed and official recognition of Black Music Month by the United States government! Enjoy this video of Dyana Williams telling the origins of Black Music Month:

    Philly 360° Legacy: Dyana Williams on Black Music Month

    Don’t forget to use the #BlackMusicMonthPhilly to let us know what amazing Black music you're tuning into!

     

    If you or your organization want to be included in all the fun, please don't hesitate to submit your events to PFG!

     

    Need ideas? Enjoy Black Music Month with these amazing events:

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    MUSIC
    Looney Tuners Instrument Buffet IN PERSON Music Class Begins!
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    September 20th, 2022 - October 25th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    VIRTUAL Songwriting with Joe Makoviecki
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    September 21st, 2022 - November 9th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSIC
    Table Sessions: Solomon Temple
    Intercultural Journeys
    October 12th, 2022 - October 14th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSIC
    JEFF KASHIWA and Gerald Veasley
    Gerald Veasley 's Unscripted Jazz...
    October 13th, 2022 - October 14th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    FREE
    Phila Locz Hairshow and Business Expo 2022
    Survive Strive Thrive, Inc
    October 15th, 2022 - October 16th, 2022
    QUICK VIEW
    MUSIC
    ALEX BUGNON & Gerald Veasley South Jazz and Unscripted 7th Anniversary Celebration
    Gerald Veasley 's Unscripted Jazz...
    October 20th, 2022 - October 23rd, 2022

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    This feature is brought to you by Vice President of Audience Engagement, Roberta Johnson. She is a musician, an art lover, and a vivacious knitter. 

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