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    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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    Code Black Planet - Wilma Hothouse Short
    The Wilma Theater
    February 5th, 2021 - December 31st, 2021
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    FREE
    First Friday West Philly
    Indie-Life Media
    August 6th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Kidchella 2021
    Smith Memorial Playground and...
    June 18th, 2021 - August 13th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Summer Concert Series: Music In The Park
    Winding Way Records
    August 14th, 2021
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    KIDS
    MoveMakers Philly Hip Hop Summer Camp 2021-Online and In-Person!
    MoveMakers Philly
    June 14th, 2021 - August 29th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    The 59 1/2 "Pocket-Sized" Philadelphia Folk Festival
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    August 21st, 2021 - August 22nd, 2021
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    FREE
    Free Intro Class: Breakdancing for Busy Adults Online
    Temple University - Music Prep
    September 18th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    ARTS LAUNCH 2021: A Return To In-Person Arts
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    September 18th, 2021
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    FREE
    Free Intro Class: Breakdancing for Kids
    Temple University - Music Prep
    September 18th, 2021
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    THEATRE
    Hamilton
    Academy of Music
    October 20th, 2021 - October 31st, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Django Festival AllStars
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    November 6th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Maceo Parker
    Penn Live Arts
    November 19th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Black Violin: Give Thanks Tour
    Merriam Theater
    December 11th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Leslie Odom, Jr. The Christmas Tour
    Merriam Theater
    December 18th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Rock The Organ - From Pink Floyd to Zappa on the King of Instruments RCM Trio
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    January 8th, 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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