As a black music executive who has been in this industry for over 30 years, I have seen it all. Black music month, in my opinion, is every month. I have lived it. First as an artist, then as a student, executive, and now as an entrepreneur running one of the biggest independent labels in the nation. Black music month should extend far beyond just the music -- it needs to exist in boardrooms. It needs to exist in the C-suite. The companies that are responsible for selling and marketing the music need to reflect the art that they are selling. With the current dominance of urban culture and our music being the number one genre globally, we not only have something to celebrate, but we have a responsibility to uphold in staffing our companies.
I believe every great song -- across genres -- has been influenced by black music. Our history is rich with complex, soul-shattering, and profound soundscapes. Our struggles have been documented in anthems by artists like Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder -- there is no shortage of visionaries to list. I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with new artists who carry on this tradition. I am inspired and learn every day from artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Tee Grizzley, Young Thug, Gunna, Trey Songz, and the rest of my musical family.
Music has not always been just the soundtrack to my life, but it has also saved my life. In music, I find hope, inspiration, love, and spirituality. To me, it is as important as blood; I can’t live without it. “Black music is not a month it’s a lifestyle”