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In this audio feature excerpted from the discussion, Che “Rhymefest” Smith gave powerful examples of a song’s ability to change history.
Music, Social Justice
The history of R&B and the breadth of what it encompasses—socially, commercially, and artistically—tells a complex story of many strands and experiences.
Artist Profile, Music
Have you ever wondered how a person in a community happens to become a good folk musician?
In honor of the opening of NMAAHC, we have curated a playlist of some of our favorite and most influential African American musicians from Smithsonian Folkways.
Community, Dance, Music
What do the Motown sound and hip-hop music have in common? Each is the musical inspiration for a vital dance tradition that thrives in the African American community of Washington, D.C.
The power of words in African American culture is the power to affect the heart and head, ideas and ideals, to disclose the truth, to change lives.
The musical traditions of New Orleans are among the most joyous, passionate, and influential sounds to be found in America.