February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments of Black people that have often been historically overlooked.
The month is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and observed by Ireland, the Netherlands and United Kingdom in October. It started in 1970 with the first celebration taking place at Kent State University from January 2 to February 28 after being proposed by black educators and the Black United Students the year before. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.
We’re looking forward to sharing content with you about our favorite Black musicians and their effect on the music world, and the world at large!
Every song this month will be from a celebrated Black artist. Check out the “New On Yousician” tab in the app or our Instagram every #NewMusicFriday for the latest releases. We’ll also update new songs on this blog.
Black History Month Collection
In addition to our new songs, we’ve compiled a Collection of all your favorite Black artists like Jimi Hendrix, Gloria Gaynor, Bill Withers, Lenny Kravitz, Etta James, and more. Check it out in the app’s featured section!
Themed Weekly Challenges
Each Weekly Challenge this month (with the exception of a Valentine’s Day special!) will be celebrating the Black community’s influence on music, from Bob Marley to traditional spiritual songs.
Black Artists and Their Instruments
This month we’ll introduce a new series on social media highlighting artists and their favorite instruments, like Prince’s iconic Cloud.
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