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Local nonprofit Music Moves is celebrating Black Music Month with a lineup of native talent. Each weekend in June, Music Moves will be presenting a series of free online concerts via its website and social media pages in honor of Black musicianship. Artists from all over the state of Arkansas will be performing in recognition of the extraordinary contribution of African Americans to music of all genres.

Music Moves

Founded in 2019, Music Moves is committed to educating and engaging the community by making high-quality performances of Black music accessible to everyone. The current pandemic has presented some challenges to the new organization, but Music Moves is countering those challenges by expanding their social media presence to provide a safe platform for both artist and audience to engage. While Black Music Month will mainly be celebrated online, future live programming and educational curriculum is already being developed in collaboration with Community Cohesion Group, Crystal Bridges, and other organizations and artists.

Music Moves programming for Black Music Month started on June 5 with the spotlight on local Hip Hop/Rap artists during Freestyle Fridays, in partnership with radio station KISS 105.3. Saturday evenings will showcase a variety of R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Soul tributes in A Salute to the Legends, while Sunday Service will be presented twice each Sunday in June – once at noon and once at 6pm – featuring Gospel greats to start your week right. Performances will be broadcast on the Music Moves website and Facebook page, with Freestyle Fridays gaining additional play at KISS 105.3.

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Music Moves programming for Black Music Month started on June 5 with the spotlight on local Hip Hop/Rap artists during Freestyle Fridays, in partnership with radio station KISS 105.3. Saturday evenings will showcase a variety of R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Soul tributes in A Salute to the Legends, while Sunday Service will be presented twice each Sunday in June – once at noon and once at 6pm – featuring Gospel greats to start your week right. Performances will be broadcast on the Music Moves website and Facebook page, with Freestyle Fridays gaining additional play at KISS 105.3.

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Black Music Month Schedule

June 26
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Hip Hop
June 27
Rodney Black & Nichole Thrower
Jazz
June 28
Pastor Tim Rogers & The Fellas
Gospel

About Black Music Month Celebration

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. Since its original celebration in 1979, Black Music Month has grown from a small commemoration to national proportions with events held annually across the country.

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