June 2009 Is Black Music Month in the USA & UK.

Clip Art Graphic of a Lime Green Guy CharacterI just got through searching the White House Web Site to find  a Presidential Proclamation in the Press Releases proclaiming June 2009 Black Music Month as former President Bush first proclaimed on 5/31/2002. Perhaps I am too early on this evening of 5/31/09 and it will be released 6/1/09.

Nevertheless I am sure “Black Music Month” will continue on in  perpetuity so I feel safe in making this post.

Besides, it is a bit wacky that we need the American government to proclaim to the United States, that they must acknowledged the great and varied contributions people of color have made to the heart and soul of American Music. The contributions of Black people to American music are everywhere and if you love music you appreciate those contributions every day!

AOL Black Voices has a blog to celebrate Black Music Month, but it only seems touch on the last two or three decades of music. You may read the archives of here at OSML to delve a little deeper, back to the early Seventies, Sixties and late Fifties Doo-Wop era.  And there might even be a few surprises this month to school you even more — so stay tuned.

June is also British Black Music Month (BBMM) and has been since 2006.

The month of June, here at OSML, will feature the Motown Male Vocal Groups, in our continued tribute to the year of Motown 50.

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  1. I thought Black Music Month was just something TVOne was doing lol this is great! and thats why i like coming here, you have tha good old stuff from back in the 50’s and 60’s

    • Ha Ha,
      And I like having you come to visit SupaStarry. I missed your smiling posts.

  2. Thanks! beleive me i wouldve been here sooner but my computer was down…jus got a new one so you’ll be seeing more of me lol

    • Good – I shall be looking forward to your visits. And congrats on your new ‘puter!

  3. Black Music Month now African American Music Appreciation Month


    Black Music Month now African American Music Appreciation Month

    “What About We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?”
    By Norman (Otis) Richmond

    As this is being written President Barack Hussein Obama is yet to
    issue a proclamation for Black Music Month which is in its 30th year
    of observance. Toronto’s Mayor David Miller however, issued a
    proclamation for Black Music Month on May 11th, 2009.

    President Obama did issue of a statement in support of what he is
    referring to as African American Music Appreciation Month on June 2nd.
    President Obama has taken in one felt swoop an international music and
    nationalized it. African American music is international music.
    Recall, it was The Black Music Association created be Kenny Gamble, Ed
    Wright and others that brought together Stevie Wonder & Bob Marley in
    the Wailers in concert to demonstrate this fact.

    Sir Duke Ellington pointed out nearly a century ago that we as a
    people must call our music “Negro’ (Black) music so others could not
    claim it.

    Black music is one of the many gifts that Africa and Africans have
    given to the world.

    President Obama gave a brilliant speech at El – Azhar University in
    Cairo, The 44th president has proven that he is one of the most
    intelligent if not the most intelligent head of state in the history
    of the USA.The president’s speech was like a vintage Earth, Wind &
    Fire performance. However, it was just that — a performance. Mumia
    Abu-Jamal pointed out “But in truth Obama had them at “Salaam-Alaikum”
    the universal Muslim greeting meaning “Peace beyond to you. Peace it’s
    sad to say is hardly a reality when ones own government is at war with
    its own people.”

    While the president was touring the Middle East he failed to recognize
    the 30th anniversary of Black Music Month. More than one person has
    raised the issue that, “Maybe he didn’t know?” I find this
    unbelievable. He recently hosted Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and
    Sweet Honey in the Rock at the White House. He even invited Odetta to
    sing at his Inauguration; however, she joined the ancestors before the
    historical event.

    How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be
    “deaf, dumb & blind” of Black Music Month? Chicago is the home of
    Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King’s musical lieutenant, Curtis
    Mayfield, Jerry Butler Mavis and Pop Staples, Ernest Dawkins,
    R.Kelly,Common & Kanye West.

    The June issue of Ebony Magazine, which I brought in the middle of
    May, is dedicated to Black Music Month. This issue has Jade Pinkett
    Smith on the cover and features a photo of President Obama, and the
    first lady Michelle Obama with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham

    After being called out by The Caribbean World News Network, President
    Obama did rightly proclaimed June National Caribbean American Heritage
    Month. President Obama issued this statement on June 2nd. According to
    the June 6th issue of the New York Times he signed a proclamation
    establishing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The
    commission is supposed to organize activities to mark the 100th
    anniversary, in 20011, of President Reagan’s birth. What about we
    people who are darker than blue – President Obama?

    If a Ronald Regan Centennial Commission is in order what about a Black
    Music Month Commission with people like Randy Weston, Dee Dee
    Bridgewater, Cassandra Smith, Amiri Baraka and Queen Latifah? Raynard
    Jackson of Philadelphia has opined, “It’s a no brainer to do a town
    hall meeting with singers, producers, and songwriters during Black
    Music Month.

    The music of African people has been an international force since the
    Fisk Jubilee Singers, gospel group from Nashville, Tennessee conquered
    Europe in 1873. Since that period jazz, calypso, reggae r’n’b, hip-hop
    and African beats have come to be the most popular and influential art
    forms in the world. Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba are
    known all over this the small planet we call earth.

    The great saxophonist Archie Shepp once said, “What Malcolm X said
    John Coltrane played”. This was the expression of Africans in North
    American. The same thing occurred in the Caribbean and in Africa. In
    the Caribbean Walter Rodney (Guyana) and Bob Marley (Jamaica) were the
    concrete expressions of this phenomenon in the 1970s and early
    1980s. On the mother continent Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso) and Fela
    Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria) are examples of music and politics
    complimenting one another in the 1990s.

    Despite its influence on the planet it was only 30 years ago that the
    Black Music Association (BMA) persuaded the U.S. government to
    recognize Black Music Month. In June 1979, around the time the
    Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” was being released; Kenny Gamble
    led a delegation to the White House to discuss with President Jimmy
    Carter the state of Black music. At the meeting, Carter asked
    trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Max Roach if they would perform
    “Salt Peanuts”, to which Gillespie replied
    that he’d only do so if the President (who made a fortune as a peanut
    farmer) provided the vocals.

    Since that great and dreadful day when Carter butchered the song, June
    has been designated Black Music Month.

    It must be mentioned that in 1979 the world was witnessing a
    revolutionary breeze as Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement
    seized state power in Grenada, Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas swept
    the counter revolutionary forces out of power in Nicaragua like a
    broom and the Shah of Iran was dethroned after being installed in
    power by the CIA in 1953. The soundtrack to all of this was (Gene)
    McFadden and John
    Whitehead’s, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” which was released in 1979.
    Recall, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” was played at the 2008 Democratic
    National Convention on the night Illinois Senator Barack Obama
    accepted the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United

    Since 1984, thanks to the efforts of the BMA/TC, Toronto Mayors June
    Rowlands, Barbara Hall and Mel Lastman, respectively, has recognized
    June as Black Music Month. On the 25th anniversary of Black Music
    Month, Mayor David Miller presented the proclamation at City Hall. The
    late Milton Blake, Jay Douglas, Michie Mee, Norman (Otis) Richmond
    (Jalali) and others participated in this event. When broadcaster and
    community activist the late Milton Blake and Norman (Otis) Richmond
    created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984, it was
    our intention to plug African-Canadian music
    makers into the international music market.

    At that moment the only African Canadian that was internationally
    known was Oscar Peterson. Since that time Eric Mercury, Harrison
    Kennedy (as a member of the Chairmen of the Board), Deborah Cox,Devine
    Brown, Glenn Lewis and Kardinal Offishall have conquered the

    By not recognizing Black Music Month in 2009 you have taken a step
    backward Mr. President. As our Comrade /Leader Maurice Bishop told us
    30 years ago, “Forward Ever. Backwards Never”.

    One of the greatest Africans to ever grace the planet Ghana’s Kwame
    Nkrumah said the same thing 20 years before Comrade Bishop.

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