BLACK HISTORY MONTH: THOUGHTS ON A NEW ERA

Black History Month is here, in the wake of momentous changes in the U.S.—and doubtless on the cusp of many more.

The Black Lives Matter Movement roiled the country and roused activists worldwide in response to the deaths of Black citizens at the hands of police. It was also a massive factor in the 2020 elections, which ended the Trump era and saw historic changes in states like Georgia. Black political engagement played an outsize role in these victories. Stacey Abrams became a cultural hero for her brilliant strategic and mobilization efforts, which not only brought previously unimaginable success for Democrats but showed that voter-suppression efforts by the defenders of systemic racism could be overcome.

It's become a truism that Black people saved America in 2020. But voter suppression abides, and police violence has not abated. Many struggles lie ahead. As we enter Black History Month 2021, we'll endeavor to put this narrative into context and explore how music and the wider culture are connected to it. Stay tuned.

THE VIEW FROM
HITS LIST
Time to get the hell outta Dodge. (7/22a)
TOP 25 DEBUTS, 2023 TO NOW
We're impressed but not surprised. (7/22a)
YOU'LL FORGIVE US IF WE'RE A LITTLE DISTRACTED RIGHT NOW.
Today feels different. (7/22a)
EMINEM'S STREAK AT #1: LET'S DO THE NUMBERS
He's a one-man dynasty. (7/22a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/19a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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