Honor Black Music Month with specials paying tribute to Black artists’ impact

In the Black community, music has long served as both a message and a refuge, from call-and-response spirituals to current hip-hop hits and beyond. As Black Music Month coincides with people coming together across the globe to fight racial inequality in light of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and many others before them, the need to uplift and amplify Black voices takes on even more importance. SiriusXM will pay tribute to Black artists’ irrefutable impact across countless genres with specials all month long.

Black Music Matters Playlist

As Black Music Month draws to a close, Hip Hop Nation’s (Ch. 44) is shutting it down with a two-hour playlist hosted by Torae. During the broadcast, hear empowering songs that scream out “Black lives matter” in the face of adversity to end the month on an invigorated note. Tracks by Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak, OutKast, Lil Baby, Wale, and many more will all be on deck to inspire listeners to keep the same Black Music Month energy even once June is over. Catch the special when it airs on  Thursday, July 3 at 12am ET and Monday, July 6 at 12am and 9am ET.

Village Folk Show with Our Native Daughters

Black music and culture serves as the foundation for most (if not all) popular music today, including Americana and funk. Our Native Daughters, a four-artist collective, addresses slavery, racism, sexism, and other historical issues in America as they relate to Black women’s identities within their music. In honor of this crucial musical perspective, The Village (Ch. 741)  is airing a special 2019 interview with the group on Thursday, July 2 at 8am ET, Friday, July 3 at 12pm ET, and Saturday, July 4 at 10am ET.

Black Music Month Backstage Pass

For more iconic, contemporary hip-hop and R&B in celebration of Black Music Month, The Heat (Ch. 46) is granting VIP access as some of your favorite artists hit the stage. From H.E.R. and Usher to A$AP Ferg and Miguel, hear live performances to decompress, feel motivated to make change, and more On Demand.

Rock Hall Conversations with Chuck D of Public Enemy

It’s impossible to talk about addressing injustice through music (especially hip-hop) without mentioning Public Enemy. The group’s powerful, defiant, and political messages have given a microphone to Black struggles in America while also receiving critical acclaim. To honor the group’s cultural contributions in light of Black Music Month, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310) will be airing a special encore presentation of Chuck D‘s conversation at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Hear the legendary frontman discuss why hip-hop belongs in the Rock Hall, reflect on his group’s induction, and more On Demand below.

Calling on Our Strong God

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Reflecting on the Greatness of Black Music Month

Kirk Franklin — who recently joined the weekly Verzuz series on Instagram for a special healing episode alongside Fred Hammond and Bishop T.D. Jakes — has been offering up hope while also covering pain, hatred, and other stumbling blocks in society with his meaningful lyricism on his latest, GRAMMY Award-winning studio album, Long Live Love. Throughout Black Music Month, Kirk Franklin’s Praise (Ch. 64) will continue to channel Franklin’s uplifting, honest messages by featuring 11 of his live in-studio performances, gospel music from iconic labels like Savoy Records, Light Records, Malaco Records, and Stax Records; and celebrity-driven Praise Together Playlists.

Franklin will also take listeners on a journey through the channel’s archives in conversation with Isaac Carree to discuss gospel music’s place in Black Music Month. Hear these songs and decades’ worth of reflections On Demand.

Ne-Yo Picks U 2 Luv on Heart & Soul

R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo recently hosted a special episode of SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul (Ch. 49) and shared some of his favorite songs. Don’t miss Ne-Yo’s Platinum 20 Playlist On Demand throughout the month on the SiriusXM app.

Village Folk Show with Guy Davis

Blues features many elements that can be traced back to traditional music of Africa, such as spirituals, work songs, and beyond, and that much can be felt throughout Guy Davis’ repertoire. Though Davis was raised in New York City and first exposed to the blues in Vermont, his music itself is deeply inspired by his parents’ and grandmother’s experience in the rural South. This Black Music Month, hear Davis’ Village Folk Show performance and interview from 2016 On Demand on The Village (Ch. 741).

Buzzing Live Performances

With its roots in the Black American experience, soul music continues to put artists’ emotions into their songs to this day, and Heart & Soul (Ch. 49) will be honoring Black Music Month with replays of live performances from the SiriusXM studios that moved the needle. Hear passionate, moving performances from Wayne Brady, India.Arie, Raphael Saadiq, and more On Demand below.

Stay Inside with 5

Hip Hop Nation’s (Ch. 44) Stay Inside with 5 Home DJ Series has been bringing hard-hitting hip-hop to fans’ homes. Hear from some of the hottest artists On Demand, including Wiz Khalifa and Gunna, as they share their commentary, play their songs, and offer advice to stay connected during a time when it’s more important than ever.

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