June 14, 2021

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Celebrating Black Music Month With Musical Icons & Groundbreakers For The Black Music Honors

Music is food for our soul. It has been the theme for all occasions and emotions. Music has even supported us through the fight for civil rights and social justice. As we embark on our summer months we have to take time to celebrate and honor June as being Black Music Month.

It’s a time to reflect on our favorite music vibes that have been a part of our childhood, careers, family time and beyond. It’s a time to celebrate the musical gifts that many possess in order to help us through our daily lives. So this Black Music Month is centered around the upcoming Black Music Honors award show. 

Hosted by Loni Love, the 2021 Black Music Honors will air on Bounce TV on June 19, 2021 at 1:00pm EST. The show will not only celebrate Black Music Month but also the commemoration of Juneteenth!

Honorees will include: 

  • Angie Stone, Soul Music Icon Award
  • Ginuwine, Urban Icon Award
  • Marvin Sapp, Gospel Music Icon Award
  • Ramsey Lewis, Legends Award
  • The National Museum of African American Music, Legacy Award

This year’s performers will also include: Cece Winans, Montell Jordan, After 7, Jacquees, Syleena Johnson, Pleasure P, Stokley, Avery Sunshine, J. Moss, Q Parker, Bahamadia, Chrisette Michele, Jac Ross, Mumu Fresh, Kevin Ross, Theresa Tha Songbird and Zacardi Cortez. The 2021 Black Music Honors will definitely be a show to watch this summer. It’s a time to give others their flowers as they can enjoy them. With our ongoing fight against police brutality, the pandemic and more; this show is set to uplift spirits through empowerment, motivation and musical talent.

We had the pleasure of also attending the virtual press conference for this amazing event. Soul Music Icon Award recipient, Angie Stone, was brought to tears when expressing how being overlooked by award shows and not receiving the recognition for her works made her feel. Angie Stone has had a career that has spanned decades while even ushering in the age of NeoSoul  in the late 90’s. The South Carolina native shared her humble upbringings and what inspired her to keep going when she came in as runner up in a teen pageant – as she had written her own song to perform for the competition. She went on to form the rap group The Sequence. Signed to the iconic recording label Sugar Hill Records they had a hit song “Funk You Up” and was one of the first female rap groups. 

Fast forward to the iconic album in 1999 “Black Diamond’ that gave us the hit song “No More Rain (In This Cloud)” and the follow up album “Mahogany Soul” in 2001 with anthems “Brotha”, “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” and “More than a Woman” – Stone gave anthems that provided inspiration and have continued to uplift generations. Making the transition to the big and small screen by appearing in shows such as Girlfriends and in movies such as The Fighting Temptations and The Hot Chick; and the reality show R&B Divas: Atlanta she showed her versatility as an artist. 

After a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes she became a part of F.A.C.E Diabetes (Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered) that helps African Americans to understand the risk factors, prevention and awareness for the disease.  We can truly say that Angie Stone is more than worthy to be recognized as a Soul Icon. With recipients such as Angie Stone, the 2021 Black Music Honors is a must see. Celebrate our culture, creativity and gifts in one show. Check your local listing so you don’t miss out on June 19th on Bounce TV. 

Writer, C. Scott, is a mompreneur, educator, social work and more.  Follow her on Instagram and Clubhouse as @curls_coils.  Follow her preschool journey on Instagram as @beautifulshadeslc.  

Writer, Chandra Gore, is a mompreneur, publicist, consultant and podcast host. Follow her online as @conversationswithchan and @cgoreconsults.

ABOUT BLACK MUSIC HONORS

Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Produced by Chicago-based production company, Central City Productions (CCP), The 6th Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Executive in Charge of Production and Producer. Michael A. Johnson will produce and direct this year’s award show, which is hosted by Loni Love.

ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS

Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a national broadcast television producer and syndicator of its exclusively owned African-American programming. Celebrating over 50 years of broadcasting Black excellence with uplifting and entertaining original television content, CCP’s award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards (www.stellarawards.com), Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, Black College Quiz Show Series (www.blackcollegequiz.com), and Mentoring Kings (www.mentoringking.com), among many others. For more information, visit www.stellartv.com.

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