Classic & contemporary: Black Music Month

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

Designated in 1979 by President Carter as Black Music Month and renamed in 2009 by President Obama, African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration of Black music, Black joy, and Black excellence. Black artists have been originators and redesigners of sound across all musical genres. Check out these albums and more from Hoopla!

Celebrating Black music, Black joy & Black excellence

Moving Up a Little Higher

Description: A collection of Mahalia Jackson’s most beloved gospel songs. Known as the Queen of Gospel, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Description: Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album solidified his place among rap’s most influential artists, and won him a Pulitzer Prize.

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Straight Outta Compton

Description: The debut album that rocked the rap scene in the late 80’s and launched the careers of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Billie Holiday

Description: Featuring some of her greatest hits! Billie Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Super Fly

Description: A classic of 70’s funk, Super Fly is Curtis Mayfield’s third album and the soundtrack to the film of the same name.

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Pearl Bailey Sings Porgy & Bess

Description: Porgy and Bess is known for being a majority Black, English-language opera about a young man’s attempts to woo a lovely lady.

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Ultimate Prince

Description: A collection of the greatest hits from Prince and the Revolution.

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Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.  

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