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Black Music Month & Juneteenth 2022: Industry Celebrations

Black Music Month & Juneteenth 2022: Industry Celebrations
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It’s been 43 years since President Jimmy Carter hosted a celebration for Black musicians on the White House lawn on June 7, 1979. Also known as African-American Music Appreciation Month, Black Music Month was formally recognized as a national, monthlong observance in 2000.

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Another observance was added to the month when President Joe Biden — in the wake of protests stemming from the 2020 murder of George Floyd — declared Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday in 2021, commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.

In salute to both observances, Billboard is spotlighting industry events and activations that will take place throughout June.

June 1

YouTube 

YouTube will provide 10 prospective students of the 1500 Sound Academy with full-ride scholarships to attend the Music & Industry Fundamentals Live Online Program (which offers courses in music production, music business, engineering and more) as part of the #YouTubeBlack Music Future Insiders Scholarship program. Applicants can apply online, and enrollment is open through June 24. YouTube will also serve as the exclusive livestream partner of the iconic Roots Picnic music festival on June 4. The event will livestream via The Roots official YouTube channel. Through its #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which launched in October 2020, the company continues to select international grantees to receive seed funding to develop their YouTube channels, dedicated partner support from YouTube, training and workshops.

YouTube will also launch the following weekly programmed playlist series:

  • Black Music Is the Source: Presents 21st century breakthroughs in pop culture via trendsetting moments that Black music genres such as hip-hop and R&B have garnered.
  • Black Music Is the Sun: Highlights soulful summer songs gracing cookouts across the country.
  • Black Music Is Live: Digs deep into YouTube’s rich catalog of legendary live music performances.
  • Black Music Is Love: Singlehandedly taps into the tender, warm and intimate ways that Black music expresses love.
  • Celebrate Juneteenth: A playlist commemorating the national holiday. Listeners will find the “Black Music Is…” playlist series, along with a collection of others celebrating Black Music Month and Juneteenth, on YouTube Music and youtube.com/music.
  • Lyor Cohen, global head of music at YouTube, said in a statement, “It’s not a coincidence that Black artists have made such an impact on YouTube. From my early years at Def Jam to my current work with YouTube, I’ve had a chance to see and work with the immeasurable genius of Black artistry. Black music is a heartbeat of culture and that’s why YouTube celebrates Black creativity today and everyday.”
  • Tuma Basa, director of Black music and culture at YouTube, added, “Black Music Month may as well be renamed to ‘Range and Depth Month.’ That’s because it’s the time of the year where we get to really celebrate the range of genres and sub-genres that originate from Black culture as well as how deep they’ve penetrated popular music. We’re going in!”

SiriusXM and Pandora

SiriusXM and Pandora are joining forces to launch five exclusive, limited-engagement channels and additional specialty music programs and events in honor of Black Music Month. SiriusXM unveiled two new channels saluting Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. Both the company’s 2PAC and Prince channels have also returned. Also noteworthy, Pandora’s popular Black Music Forever Radio has extended to its own SiriusXM channel, Black Music Forever Radio.

SiriusXM will also air live event specials. On Rock the Bells Radio from June 1 through June 6, LL Cool J will guide listeners through his influential album, Bigger and Deffer (1987), in celebration of the work’s 35th anniversary.

ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

ASCAP commemorates Black Music Month on social media by featuring ASCAP members discussing the impact and influence Black music has made on them and the world. Every Friday all month-long, award-winning singer TL Cross will present fun facts about top Black music creators and their songs, available on ASCAP’s Instagram pages @ASCAP and @ASCAPUrban.

Comcast

Comcast celebrates Black Music Month with a one-of-a-kind musical showcase which includes exclusive content available only on X1, Stream and Flex. The “Best of the Best” collection (available on the Black Experience on Xfinity Channel) features top-charting albums, most streamed videos, viral sensations, Guinness World Record holders, documentaries and the top five artists by decade. The collection also features a curated music video playlist by legendary music icon Quincy Jones and a partnership with REVOLT, featuring exclusive content from Lucky Daye — including a newly reimagined single backed by several talented instrumentalists, available on demand for Xfinity customers.

NPR

NPR Music is celebrating Black Music Month with a series of Tiny Desk (home) concerts from an array of artist across various genres — ranging from R&B to Afrobeats — all month-long. Stars set to deliver intimate performances of some of their fan-favorite works include Adekunle Gold, Usher, FKA Twigs, Monica, Larry June and more.

NPR’s goal is to showcase the talent of both domestic and international artists.

Tiny Desk Series Producer Bobby Carter said in a statement, “We will publish 11 performances representing the past, present and future of Black music. This is the first time each of the 11 acts will play the Tiny Desk. The Tiny Desk has become a go-to source to witness Black artists express themselves in ways we’ve never seen. This month of carefully curated shows reinforces how uniquely the Tiny Desk showcases Black music.”

Amazon Music/Coco Jones

Rising R&B singer and Bel Air actress Coco Jones released an all-new Amazon Original song titled “Love Is War,” as part of “Credit the Culture,” Amazon Music’s celebration of Black Music Month.

Also as part of “Credit the Culture,” Amazon Music will drop additional Amazon Originals from new artists, including rapper/R&B crooner Yung Bleu; artist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist bLAck pARty; and more. Listeners can also tune in to Amazon Music’s Black Culture Radio, a multi-genre station highlighting Black artists. Amazon Music will debut Diaspora, a new playlist that will serve up the hottest new music across, hip-hop, afrobeats, and R&B—all on one unified playlist.

June 8

ASCAP

ASCAP Experience, ASCAP’s signature event created to inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers, is celebrating Black Music Month with a series of events highlighting diversity. On June 8 at 3 p.m. ET, Indian-American TV/film composer Raashi Kulkarni (Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Costa Rican composer-producer Daniel Rojas (Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, M.O.D.O.K.) will come together with Universal Pictures executive Jeff Cafuir for “The Sound of Diversity: Championing Unique Voices in Film/TV Music” — a discussion in which the panelists will explain why diversity, equity and inclusion efforts are so important in the industry. Kulkarni and Rojas will also discuss their experiences with NBCUniversal’s Universal Composers Initiative, an effort dedicated to closing the gap for women, people of color and other underrepresented communities in the composing world. The conversation will take place live on Instagram @ASCAP.

Tidal

Tidal teamed up with the “Mother of Black Music Month” Dyana Williams, and the National Museum of African American Music for The Official Black Music Month Playlist, a four-part series releasing every Wednesday through June. Vol. 3 is available for streaming via Tidal

June 10

ASCAP

As part of the ASCAP Experience, the ASCAP Wellness Program will present “The Art of Listening: A Live Music Meditation with Beginner’s Ear” at noon ET. With contemporary classic music performed by ASCAP composer Todd Reynolds, founder of Beginner’s Ear Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim will guide an immersive group meditation that explores how sound, stillness and mindfulness are interconnected. The meditation will take place live on Instagram via @ASCAP.

Apple Music 

Apple Music will launch Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs, an exclusive curated collection of 16 new original songs and covers available in Spatial Audio on Apple Music to celebrate and honor Juneteenth. The genre-spanning track list includes: 6LACK, Denzel Curry, Lupe Fiasco, Brittney Spencer and more. Artists featured on Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Songs were commissioned by Apple Music’s expert music curators.

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June 12

Tribeca Film Festival/HARGROVE

The world premiere of HARGROVE, a heartfelt documentary chronicling the last year of legendary jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s life, will be presented at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival  in New York. The film, directed by Eliane Henri, includes interviews with Erykah Badu, Questlove, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper and more. Additional Black-music oriented documentaries include Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby and The DOC  — about rap pioneer The D.O.C.

June 13

Cordae

Rapper Cordae will make his TED Talk debut, titled  “The Hi Level Mindset,” during which he will reflect on his journey from high school student to music star. Cordae will also explain the importance of performing at the highest level possible at all times. 

June 15

ASCAP

The ASCAP Experience will host  “Express Yourself: A Roundtable on Identity in the Music Industry” with Lazaro Hernandez (VP, A&R at Warner Chappell Music for U.S. Latin and Latin America), Ryan Cassata (award-winning singer-songwriter, LGBTQ+ activist) and Jamie Moore (Grammy-nominated songwriter-producer). The roundtable discussion, which will air on ASCAP’s YouTube channel, will address how each participant’s identity shapes their music career, how they’ve navigated challenges and how to create a more welcoming, accessible and nurturing music industry.

June 16

Juneteenth Honors Award Show and Festival

The Juneteenth Honors Award Show and Festival will kick off in Washington, D.C. with the Live Nation produced Juneteenth Honors Red Carpet Awards Show at the Historic Warner Theatre with special performances by: T.I., Rick Ross, Ledisi, Keri Hilson and more artists. Honorees include: Maxwell, Doug E. Fresh, Big Sean, Cathy Hughes (founder/chairperson of Urban One, Inc) and more. Terrence J. and MC Lyte will co-host the award show.

The Black Music Project

The Black Music Project, sponsored by non-profit arts service organization Fractured Atlas, is an extensive, engaging interactive exhibit that celebrates, promotes and preserves the history of Black American music. The project features a collection of many lesser-known stories of the inception of what we now call “American music.” The Black Music Project also visually tracks the history of Black music, focusing on Black American artists, genres and eras from the Pre-Civil War period through the birth of hip-hop at the close of the 20th Century.

Meta Quest

In honor of Juneteenth and Black Music Month, Meta Quest’s new Soul Sessions VR concert series featuring intimate live music and interviews with Lucky DayeUmi, and serpentwithfeet will be available via Oculus TV and Venues in Horizon Worlds through June 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

June 17

Madam Walker Legacy Center

The Madam Walker Legacy Center, a National Historic Landmark in Indiana, is celebrating its 95th anniversary with a Legacy Concert at Walker Theatre, headlined by Indianapolis native and music legend Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Babyface will also be inducted into the Madam Walker Legacy Center Walk of Fame on the same day as well.

SiriusXM

Grammy-winner 2 Chainz, will give an invitation-only concert as part of SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series in Atlanta at Terminal West, which will air on SiriruHip Hop Nation.  For information on how to attend SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series featuring 2 Chainz, please visit: www.siriusxm.com/2ChainzPR.

Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival (SITW)

Produced by Redrock Entertainment and Live Nation, the Something in the Water Festival returns in Washington, D.C., on Independence Ave for Juneteenth weekend (June 17 to 19). The musical event will celebrate art, culture and music with performances by: 6LACK, Adekunle Gold, Ashanti & Ja Rule,Ashe, Baby Tate, Baird, BIA, Blxst, Calvin Harris, Chloe x Halle, Dave Matthews Band, Davido, Denzel Curry, DJ Domo, Dominic Fike, Dreamer Isioma, Duckwrth, EARTHGANG, Emotional Oranges, ericdoa, Gracie Abrams, Hope Tala, Jean Dawson, Jeremy Zucker, JID, Jon Batiste, Lakeyah, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, Lucky Daye, María Isabel, Mariah the Scientist, Moneybagg Yo, Montell Fish, Ogi, Omar Apollo, Ozuna, Paris Texas, Pharrell & Phriends, Pusha T, Q, Quinn XCII, Rae Sremmurd, Raveena, Rei Ami, Roddy Ricch, ROLE MODEL, Run The Jewels, Saba, Sabrina Claudio, Skepta, Skiifall, Skillibeng, slowthai, Snoh Aalegra, Syd, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat, T.I., Tierra Whack, Tobe Nwigwe, Tokischa, Tyler, The Creator, Usher, YVNGXCHRIS and more. The festival will also spotlight D.C. music with performances from Go-Go musicians including Backyard Band, Rare Essence and Sound of the City. Clipse, Justin Timberlake, N.O.R.E, Q-Tip, SZA and more will join Pharrell as special guests during his set.

National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music will host the second annual State of Black Music Summit at the NMAAM Roots Theater in Nashville. Sponsored by Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records Group and Go West Creative, the event will explore the intersection of Black music and culture with industry leaders, artists and media personalities.

ABC 

ABC News’ series Soul of a Nation will air a one-hour primetime special titled Sound of Freedom – A Juneteenth Celebration at 8 p.m. ET. Gospel singer-songwriter Marvin Sapp will give his TV debut performance of his new single “All In Your Hands” as part of the special. Patti LaBelle and Jon Batiste are also set to perform. Sponsored by GEICO and hosted by country music star Jimmie Allen, the program will include live performances and informative conversations with some of music’s biggest stars to highlight the musical contributions of Black Americans across various genres.

Motown Records and COLORSxSTUDIOS

Motown Records will host musical sets on the COLORS stage as part of A COLORS SHOW concert series celebrating Black Music Month. The series kicks off with a premiere performance by the Migos’ Quavo and Takeoff of their new single “Hotel Lobby.” Additional episodes of A COLORS SHOW will be released on June 20 22. The final episode will air on June 24 with a performance by a surprise icon who will announce their signing to Motown.

Motown Records CEO and chairwoman Ethiopia Habtemariam said in a statement, “Colors is one of the most culturally relevant worldwide platforms across all genres and I’m excited about our partnership which is the first of its kind. Motown is a place where black dreams are manifested and we are proud to showcase our incredible stars. Colors is credited as one of the biggest live music channels and we are eager to present the stars of Motown today.”

June 18 

What the Funk Festival/Praise God Entertainment

Geno Shelton’s Praise God Entertainment will host the first-ever What the Funk Festival in celebration of Juneteenth. During the Indiana Juneteenth Freedom Music Festival featuring What the Funk Tour, attendees will see performances by Zapp, The Original Lakeside, Average White Band, The Bar-Kays, Klymaxx (featuring Bernadette Cooper), Trouble Funk, Circle City Band and The Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign. On Sunday, June 19, Soul Music Hall Of Fame inductee Uncle Jamz will host the inaugural What the Funk Summit whose theme is “Everything You Need to Know About the Music, the Music Business and the Music Industry.”

Notes Shelton, aka DJ Geno, “We wanted to unapologetically salute the historical Juneteenth weekend … filled with spectacular performances by iconic groups.”

B-Hen & DIAGEO

B-Hen is partnering with DIAGEO to launch Joy of June, a series of local events, programming and experiences across the country that will celebrate the vibrancy of Black joy, identity and self-expression, while toasting to the creative voices powering change across local communities. 

The series will kick off with the B-Hen Block Party presented by DIAGEO and its brands Smirnoff, Crown Royal and DeLeon Tequila for a Los Angeles takeover to kick off Juneteenth weekend.  Events will take place in major cities including Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York through September.

Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame

Outside of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame’s June 2022 class will be inducted. Among the inductees for the walk — established by the Black American Music Association and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus — are Urban One founder Cathy Hughes, Prince, Nas, Run-D.M.C.,  Charlie Wilson, Tamela Mann, the Clark Sisters, Steve Harvey, Bob Marley, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Duke Ellington.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

A special performance from the Djapo Cultural Arts Institute will be held outside at the Rock Hall. Free for all guests, the event is slated to take place from 2 to 9 p.m. ET. The Djapo Cultural Arts Institute will give viewers a taste of Africa and the African Diaspora with theatrical travels through Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea and the U.S. highlighting Djapo’s dynamic dance company, community performers and international artists from each region.

Harlem Festival of Culture/ Black Independence Awards

The Harlem Festival of Culture will host the first Annual Black Independence Awards recognizing the best of Harlem through the outstanding leaders, entrepreneurs, artists and creators whose contributions have proven to be cultural, social and economic drivers for the Harlem community. The Awards will be hosted by hip-hop icon and Harlem native Doug E. Fresh. Honorees include TV personality, author, and actress Bevy Smith, fashion designer Dapper Dan and restaurateur and founder of Melba’s Restaurant Melba Wilson. Brownstone will perform and other notable appearances include Michael Bivins, Estelle and Ro James. The Black Independence Awards — which will include a Black-carpet, pre-reception, dinner and awards presentation — will take place at the Harlem Parish.

Leimert Park Juneteenth Festival

Los Angeles’ annual, free celebration of Black culture and community will feature performances from Buddy, Masego and Smino at Leimert Park Village. Rotation, the hip-hop/R&B brand from Amazon Music, has worked hand-in-hand with Still Rising Corporation to curate the main stage. The Juneteenth event will honor South Los Angeles’ Black community.

June 19

Hollywood Bowl/JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom

Composer and musical director Derrick Hodge is at the forefront of JUNETEENTH: A Celebration of Freedom — an all-star concert that will feature an all-Black symphony orchestra (The Re-Collective Orchestra) performing for the first time in the 100-year history of the iconic Los Angeles venue. Thomas Wilkins and Derrick Hodge will conduct the orchestra; Adam Blackstone and Questlove are musical directors. Produced in partnership with Live Nation Urban, the lineup includes Earth, Wind & Fire; The Roots; Lucky Daye; Jhené Aiko; Robert Glasper; Killer Mike; Billy Porter; Mary Mary; Anthony Hamilton; Michelle Williams; Mickey Guyton; Khalid; Amir Sulaiman; the Debbie Allen Dance Academy; and more.

The celebration, produced by Live Nation Urban and Jesse Collins Entertainment, will be broadcast exclusively by CNN.

Fox Soul & The Juneteenth Foundation 

Fox Soul is partnering with The Juneteenth Foundation to exclusively air the inaugural Juneteenth Honors, a music and awards show broadcasting on Fox Soul at 7 p.m ET after being taped at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C on June 16. A total of $250,000 will be awarded in scholarships to college students attending HBCUs during the show.

Sirius XM

Sirius XM’s Soul Town will air a performance and commentary from The Manhattans as they begin the Soul Train Cruise concert at 5 p.m. ET.

Juneteenth Unityfest

The Juneteenth Unityfest, happening in Brooklyn, New York on Father’s Day, will celebrate the role that gospel music and church have historically played in uplifting the Black community and the stories of Black dads striving to uplift their own communities and families at home. Gospel greats Tye Tribbett, Deborah Cox, Israel Houghton, Mali Music and more are set to perform during the big day which will take place across several locations. The Juneteenth Unityfest will be complete with a classic, old-school neighborhood block party with DJ Spinna; the official Unityfest Concert at Prospect Park and a late night after-show at Brooklyn Bowl.

Bounce TV/Trumpet Awards

Bounce TV will present the 30th anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards at 7 p.m. ET. Special guests who will pay tribute to this year’s honorees are: Tamron Hall, Sanaa Lathan, JB Smoove and Wendell Pierce. This year’s awardees are Courtney B. Vance (excellence in entertainment award), Stan Lathan (living legend award), Zaila Avant-garde (rising star award), Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff (Xernona Clayton award of distinction) and Princess Sarah Culberson (impact award).

June 21

Mechanical Licensing Collective

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) is teaming up with Nashville Music Equality (NME) to present a one-day summit that will celebrate the evolution of Black Music and its ever-growing impact on the music industry. Titled “For the Culture: Empowering Black Music Creators to Achieve Beyond Reach,” the summit will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time at The MLC’s offices in Nashville. The event will feature panels designed specifically for Black music creators. The event was spearheaded by Dae Bogan, The MLC’s head of third-party partnerships – in collaboration with NME’s Gina Miller, Kortney Toney and Shannon Sanders.

Summit speakers include:

  • Dae Bogan: Head of Third-Party Partnerships, The MLC, and 2019 Billboard Digital Power Player
  • Brennen Boose: Sr. Manager of Marketing and Communications, National Museum of African American Music
  • Alandis Brassel: Entertainment Attorney, Manager and Assistant Professor of Music Business – University of Memphis
  • Mimi McCarley: Founder of Collab Music Network & Co-Founder of Nashville is Not Just Country Music and We Own Now
  • Gina Miller: Senior Vice President & General Manager, MNRK Music
  • Derek Minor: GRAMMY® Award-Winning Artist and Producer & Co-Founder of We Own Now and hip-hop record label Reflection Music Group (RMG)
  • George Monger: CEO, Connect Music
  • Cheryl Potts: CEO, Cleerkut Royalty
  • Shannon Sanders*: Executive Director of Creative, BMI Nashville, and 3-time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Producer
  • Kortney Toney*: Marketing, Inclusion & Outreach Manager, Naxos of America

June 22

MLB Network (Major League Baseball)

In honor of both Black Music Month and the 25th anniversary of the iconic Wu-Tang Clan’s Wu-Tang Forever album, the MLB premiered an all-new montage featuring the group’s classic single “Reunited.” The clip showcases standout player-fan interactions including Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper exchanging hats with a fan; Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez signing autographs for children in exchange for his first home-run ball; Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto TikTok dancing with a young fan; and Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena giving an autographed bat to a youngster.

June 23

TikTok

TikTok is hosting two hip-hop focused panel discussions as part of VidCon 2022. The first, a panel featuring musical artists Zai1k and Trinidad Cardona titled “How TikTok Is Bringing in the New School Of Sound” takes place at 2:30 p.m. PT. The second panel, “How Women in Hip-Hop Have Found a Home on TikTok,” features artists Doechii, Monaleo and Baby Tate, and takes place at 4 p.m. PT. Fellow artist Tai Verdes makes a special appearance during TikTok’s official Keynote at 3:30 p.m. PT.

GoFundMe

GoFundMe named two women — Anne (a professional fiddle player) and Amanda (the sole Black woman violin maker on record in the U.S.) — Black Music Month Heroes. GoFundMe honored Amanda and Anne for their tremendous efforts spearheading Black artistry in the violin-making industry and creating the first violin commissioned by two Black women in the U.S.

Disney & Pixar 

Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with cultural institutions and experts to bring “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” to life in a celebratory nod to the hit animated film, Soul. The touring exhibit is taking place through July 4 at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

As noted by the official Disney Parks website, Gardener “shares the rich and surprising history of jazz by taking you on a musical tour of several influential American cities. You’ll also discover artifacts from legendary jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong. And soon you’ll be able to use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to interact with the exhibit and test your knowledge of jazz.” Additionally, the exhibit aims to pay tribute to the musical art of African Americans by spotlighting offerings from various Black artists. The free exhibit will open daily from noon to 8 p.m. Black-owned food trucks will also provide flavorful dining experiences at the Downtown Disney District through the Fourth of July.

June 24

Ashanti/ASCAP

Grammy-winner Ashanti will speak with VIBE editor in chief Datwon Thomas about the 20-year legacy of her debut album, Ashanti, at 3 p.m. ET on ASCAP’s YouTube channel. Ashanti, CEO of record label Written Entertainment, recently became the first Black female artist to co-found a Web3 company, EQ Exchange, and is also set to release her first children’s book, My Name Is a Story, on July 12 with HarperCollins Publishing.

Ashanti’s discussion with Thomas will conclude ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which will take place on @ASCAP and @ASCAPURBAN social media accounts from June 21 to 24.

Kevin Liles & Al Sharpton

Co-founder, chairman and CEO of 300 Entertainment Kevin Liles — also chairman and CEO of Elektra Music Group — will have a discussion titled “It’s a New Day” with Rev. Al Sharpton at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City about Juneteenth, Black Music Month, and advancing the culture. The conversation will be held in person from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

Culture Creators’ Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch

For the sixth consecutive year, Culture Creators will host the Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch aimed at honoring the organization’s mission to uphold a commitment to diversity. To be hosted by Tank and Coco Jones, the event will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the International Ballroom. Usher will present music industry veteran and mentor L.A. Reid with the Icon Award. A special tribute video for Reid will feature congratulatory remarks from fellow stars including Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, 21 Savage, DJ Khaled and Jermaine Dupri.

June 25

Live Nation Urban and D-Nice

Club Quarantine Live in Los Angeles, hosted by Kenny Burns, will take place at Crypto.com Arena with a star-studded lineup of special guests including Ne-Yo, Brandy, Nelly, Jadakiss, Machel Montano, Mary Mary, El Debarge, and Lil’ Mo.

Grammy Museum, The Recording Academy, Black Music Collective and MusiCares

The Grammy Museum, The Recording Academy, Black Music Collective, MusiCares and the Universal Hip Hop Museum will present a panel discussion titled Hip-Hop & Mental Health: Facing the Stigma Together live inside the museum’s Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles beginning at 3 p.m. PT. Moderated by Nick Cannon, the discussion will feature panelists Adrian Miller (XYION), Claudette Robinson (The Miracles), Michael “Blue” Williams (Family Tree Services) and Dawn Richard (recording artist). Special remarks will be given by Harvey Mason Jr. (Recording Academy, CEO), Rita George (GRAMMY Museum, Chief Program Officer), and Tina Marie Tyler (Universal Hip Hop Museum, executive producer and advisory board member).

The Uncommonwealth Group/Worcester City Hall

New Englanders will experience the inaugural Black Music Festival, hosted in front of Worcester City Hall with live performances near the Worcester Common. Charles Luster, founder of The Uncommonwealth Group, orchestrated the event, which will feature artists from Jamaica, Ghana and Liberia.

June 26 

The 2022 BET Awards, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Viewers can watch the ceremony on BET. With six nods, Doja Cat is the most nominated artist of the event. Fellow artists Ari Lennox and Drake are tied for second most nominated, with four potential wins each. Diddy will receive the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his influential accomplishments.

See the complete list of 2022 BET Awards nominees.

June 29

Apple Music 

Lil Durk’s exclusive Los Angeles performance will be streamed on Apple Music as part of the platform’s Apple Music Live, beginning at 1o p.m. ET. The performance comes in celebration of Lil Durk’s album 7220. 

TikTok

Ciara will host a live listening party on TikTok beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET in celebration of Black Music Month. Viewers can tune in via Ciara’s TikTok.





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