Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Thump In The Morning

Juneteenth, is a holiday that commemorates the day that enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas were officially notified that they were freed. Although, Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all enslaved people in January of 1863. Slaves in Gavelston, Texas weren’t aware of this information until Union soldiers informed them of it on June 19, 1865.

It’s not an accident that Juneteenth and Black Music Month are both being recognized. Music speaks to the soul, it gives you an emotional escape and a platform to express your personal journey in life.

African American communities used music and song, sometimes in place of written communication, to discuss life, death, spiritual philosophies, and emotions. All of which helped individuals cope with the traumas that came with being enslaved.

All people can feel the power of music, regardless of where you are from or what language you speak. The international slave trade transported African people all over the world. Africans passed their cultural traditions to their children, and as a result, African influence can be seen in communities all around the world.

By the turn of the century, slavery was illegal in every American state, and Black music shifted from pain to pleasure. Black music, to this day, still holds a strong message. According to Parents.com, “This evolution is reflective of Black people’s relationship with music and with its use as an expression of our desire for freedom.”

No matter what’s going on in the world,  Black music always reflects the importance of the times. The 1950s and 1960s were particularly loud in America, and “freedom songs” expressed many thoughts and feelings that Black people had as they navigated racism and discrimination.

The 1970s were a new decade with subdued racial tensions and broad experiences. It also was the year rap was born. Rap stood out amongst other music genre’s because it was so expressive. 50 years later and the messages in rap is still being widely received by audiences across the globe.

Black music has a connection with being free, informative and entertaining. All the things Juneteenth stands for.

Check out this expressive Juneteenth playlist below:

  • James Brown -"Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud"

    James Brown’s “Say it Loud” is a revolutionary song that encourages Black people to have pride in their Black selves. “Say it loud: I’m Black and I’m proud,” is a mantra that American members of the African diaspora should be repeating all Juneteenth, as well as throughout the entire year.

  • Sister Sledge - We Are Family

    Black unity is the wave this Juneteenth so let every Black American know that we, as members of the American sector of the African diaspora, are all a family.

  • Solange-Don't Touch My Hair ft. Sampha

    Your heard the saying…”Never touch a black woman’s hair” It’s because a black woman’s hair is her crown, and a crown should never be touched.

  • Black National Anthem

    The Black American national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” is a key part of the Black identity and Black experience. It’s played at every church celebration event, graduation, talent show, etc. in the Black community. It’s only right to blast it during Juneteenth.

  • Angie Stone- Brotha

    Juneteenth is an honorary day for Black people, and Black men should be celebrated thoroughly for their strength, swag, and smarts. Books or streetwise.

  • India - Arie Brown Skin

    Black is beautiful, and so is our skin. Hence why India.Arie’s “Brown Skin” is such a flex and should be blasted all Juneteenth as a reminder of how amazingly unique we are.

  • Stevie Wonder - Black Man

    Stevie Wonder’s “Black Man” describes how essential African-American men and other men of color are to American history. Black men are just as instrumental in the progression of society as anyone else, and this Juneteenth every Black man should revel in that.

  • Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

    Sam Cooke gave black people hope with this song. A song full of promise, and a vital message that things will get better for black people. This song must be played at high volume for Juneteenth.

  • Beyonce' - Black Parade

    Fun Fact: Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” was released on Juneteenth 2019. Being that June 19, 1865, happened in Texas, Beyoncé’s home state, it’s only befitting that “Black Parade” is played at every Black person’s Juneteenth cookout.

  • Public Enemy- Fight The Power

    Public Enemy led a cultural movement as teenagers. Many of their teachings came from the ideals of minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam. helping to teach self worth and protection in the black communities.

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