Janine Davis

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 05: Freddie Jackson attends 2019 Black Music Honors - Arrivals at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

June is African-American Music Appreciation Month. It’s a time to celebrate African-American musicians and artists whose talents have impacted the world. The U.S. has celebrated the music by Black artists since 1979 when President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Month.  In 2009, President Barack Obama went on to rename the month from Black Music Month to its current name, African-American Music Appreciation Month.

From The Temptations to Tupac, black music is rich in history. We celebrate the many different styles of music including rap, hip-hop, jazz, and rhythm and blues. With that, I wanted to recognize these 10 R&B artists who just don’t get their just due. Though they didn’t blow up like others, they are the epitome of black musical excellence.



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