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Nas Praises Musical Legends for Black History Month

To pay tribute to the artists that came before him, prolific rapper Nas penned an open letter in conjunction with Google for its Black History Month series. In the video, the veteran Queens MC honors historical Black artists that have become essential to the growth and legacy of the Black community, paying respects to the likes of jazz legend […]

Black History Month: Jamaican Natives Birth The Evolution Of DJ Battling In The 1950’s

If Arthur “Duke” Reid and “Sir” Coxsone Dodd were still alive, they would be living proof that DJ battling did not being in the “Boogie Down Bronx” or Brooklyn, New York…But instead in Kingston Jamaica in the 1950’s. The two were known for their individual styles or delivery of music. Duke had what he called […]

Black History Month: Broome Special Phonograph Records, The First African-American Owned And Operated Record Label

Broome Special Phonograph Records was established in 1919 by George Wellington Broome. From what we know, this was the first African-American owned and operated record label in the United States.There seems to be no more than about 12 titled owned under this label. Broome took a liking to concert artists and wanted to try and […]

Black History Month: The Grandfather’s Of Hip Hop, The Lost Poets

” The Last Poets were, along with Gil Scott-Heron, among the most important chroniclers of the urban revolt of the 60s and early 70s.” -David Whiteis (The Chicago Reader, 1990) Spoken word group The Lost Poets laid the foundation for the music genre that we know as Hip-Hop. The original group consisting of Gylan Kain, […]

Black History Month: Grambling State University Star In NFL Super Bowl I Halftime Show

January 15, 1967 marked the start of America’s most watched athletic televised event, the National Football League’s championship game, or as we refer to as the Superbowl. In Superbowl I the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Besides what we hope to be a great football game, […]

Black History Month: DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince Wins First Grammy For Rap Music

“…This isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on […]