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theGrio’s top 10 female soul singers of the last 10 years

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet

African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciate Month is celebrated every year during the month of June.  It was established as Black Music Month in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. President Barack Obama has announced the observance under its new title, African American Music Appreciation Month, every year of his term. Read the 2013 Presidential Proclaimation at

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Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., 1947 

Listen to the Dizzy Gillespie Quintent perform Confirmation live at Carnegie Hall in 1947.

Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long

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theGrio’s top 10 black solo pop stars of the 1980s

Rolling Stone - 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs

To make this list, Rolling Stone asked 33 artists and experts – from Rick Rubin to Busta Rhymes – to choose their favorite hip-hop tracks, then crunched the numbers. Click to read the full list of voters.

See what songs made the cut.

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