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  • Celebrate Black Music Month

    Published: June 2019
    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 - July 31st, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    VIRTUAL Songwriting with Joe Makoviecki
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    March 3rd, 2021 - April 7th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    VIRTUAL Intermediate III Guitar with Joe Makoviecki
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    March 4th, 2021 - April 8th, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    VIRTUAL Intermediate II Guitar with Joe Makoviecki
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    March 4th, 2021 - April 8th, 2021
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    MUSIC
    Artist Exposed: M11SON
    Artsi
    March 11th, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Hip Hop Workshop with Virgil 'Lil 'O' Gadson
    Urban Movement Arts
    March 21st, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Princeton Photo Workshop: The Challenges of Low Light Action Photography with Steve...
    Princeton Photo Workshop
    April 1st, 2021 - April 15th, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    Koresh Children School Spring Session
    Koresh Dance Company
    January 11th, 2021 - June 5th, 2021
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    CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
    VIRTUAL Beginner II Guitar with Joe Makoviecki
    Philadelphia Folksong Society
    March 4th, 2021 - April 8th, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Panel Discussion: Arts Access and Inclusion for Social Change
    Rock to the Future
    April 21st, 2021
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    SPECIAL EVENTS
    Music for All Digital Ball: Support Music Education in Philly
    Rock to the Future
    April 21st, 2021 - April 23rd, 2021
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    FREE
    Music for All Digital Ball: Virtual Concert
    Rock to the Future
    April 23rd, 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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    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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