By D.L. Chandler
Since 1976, Black History Month has been a significant cornerstone of showcasing the variable and notable contributions of African-Americans over the years for the good of American society. Highlighting its official 35th year in existence, the month-long celebration of African-American achievement has deeper roots than many know.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Carter G. Woodson began the tradition of Negro History Week in 1926 which has since morphed into the widely known Black History Month.
The music world has long since been dominated by successful African-American acts who have not only had successful musical careers but also as CEOs of their own companies. Rapper turned label head Jay-Z leads at the top of the pack of artists who have spun their commercial appeal beyond the trappings of record sales – the Brooklyn MC born Sean Carter has erected nightclubs, clothing lines and collecting a new strong roster for his current Roc Nation record label. Paired alongside his superstar wife Beyonce, Jay-Z serves as an inspiration to many young people born in poverty and the rapper’s business acumen is a testament to the will to succeed in the face of adversity.
RapFix and MTV News are embarking on a month-long series covering Black History and we have tallied some stories in preparation of our coverage. In the series we will cover legendary southern MC Bun B’s teaching stint at Rice University, rappers Saigon and Talib Kweli among others visit with our staff to discuss their favorite Black History leaders, remembering Malcolm X on the anniversary of his untimely passing and commemorating the great Rosa Parks’ birthday. This is just the surface of what RapFix and MTV News intend to provide so stay tuned for more.
Martin and Malcolm fought for us, Rosa sat for us. Celebrate our African American heroes during Black History Month with MTV News as we reflect on the culture’s Civil Rights icons to the present and future stars of tomorrow.
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