Obama Declares June 'African American Music Appreciation Month'
It is no secret that President Barack Obama love good tunes. Whether he was championing Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly or singing Al Green to mourn a national tragedy — Obama is connected to true notes in a major way. To cement his love of soul, funk, rap, jazz, blue, rock and country, the coolest president in the world has officially declared June 2016 as ‘African American Music Appreciation Month.’
You may be saying out loud, “Why is this news? President Jimmy Carter declared June as ‘Black Music Month’ in 1979.” And you would be right, yet President Obama wanted the name to be politically correct, so he changed the name to African American Music Appreciation Month. For every year of his presidency, President Obama has called the observation of African American Music Appreciation Month as “the music that reminds us that our growth as a nation and [that] as a people [are] reflected in our capacity to create great works of art.”
As mentioned above, President Obama has shown a lot of love to popular culture and hip-hop music during his stint as Commander-in-Chief. He has been name dropped by a plethora of rappers, his “Pop Off” comment even became a cool song and Obama even named Kendrick Lamar as the better rapper over Drake, whom he also enlisted to help push the “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.”
Obama’s proclamation can be read below (or here in full), and be sure to check back here for our next few projects tied into African American Music Appreciation Month!
“A vital part of our nation’s proud heritage, African American music exemplifies the creative spirit at the heart of American identity and is among the most innovative and powerful art the world has ever known,” President Obama wrote. “It accompanies us in our daily lives, and it has rung out at turning points in our history and demonstrated how our achievements as a culture go hand-in-hand with our progress as a nation. During African American Music Appreciation Month, we honor the artists who, through this music, bring us together, show us a true reflection of ourselves, and inspire us to reach for the harmony that lies beyond our toughest struggles.”
There is still speculation as to what the nature of the president’s conversation with Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, J. Cole, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled was when it happened at the top of this year. But, we’ll certainly keep our eyes and ears out for more as it develops.
H/T: White House