President Barack Obama is known to be one of the first presidents to recognize and follow music written and produced amongst artists within the African American community.
From revealing his love for lyricist Kendrick Lamar, mentioning his outstanding work on his album To Pimp A Butterfly, and labeling him as his favorite rapper, to having Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Mary J Blige on rotation in his iPod playlist last summer, to even rapping along with the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda at the White House, Obama is not ashamed to advocate his appreciation for the art.
Therefore, it’s only right the president ends his term signing a proclamation, designating June 2016 as African American Music Appreciation Month.
The proclamation recognizes African American music, labeling its creative spirit as a way for the artists to help make the world a better place, with hopes to bring forth change within the African American community. The month of June will honor the legendary artists who have used their musical works of art to send a message. “I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs that raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans,” said Obama.
You heard the president. Let’s start out this summer ’16 the right way, and continue to pay homage to African American music and artists.