In 1926, author and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week, designed to celebrate the achievements and contributions African Americans have made to American history. Fifty years later, this week was officially expanded into the entire month of February and devoted to celebrating Black history.
Black music and culture are central at Audiomack. What African Americans have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the country can never be understated. We want to celebrate this important month with special content and initiatives meant to educate, entertain, honor, and uplift our community.
For the month of February, we will be launching a series of playlists, initiatives, videos, and more under the theme of The Future Is Black!
As part of The Future Is Black, we’ve specially curated a variety of playlists that highlight Black artists and showcase the diversity of sounds and styles across various genres, including hip-hop, R&B, reggae, Afrobeats, dancehall, and more.
These playlists will be updated every Wednesday for the remainder of February.
The Future Is Black Playlist
Featuring D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige alongside newer artists to complement the classic sound of R&B, this playlist showcases the history and impact Black music has on its own lineage and the new music growing out of Black musical traditions.
For Us, By Us: Elujay
Oakland rapper, vocalist, and songwriter Elujay curates a special playlist featuring his favorite songs and artists at the moment. Stay tuned to find out about next week’s guest artist-curator!
Best of: Artist
Black artists play a significant role as historians of our culture and the storytellers of our modern realities. Music has always documented the current state of both our inner and outer worlds, and the impact many Black musicians have made on how we see the world will never be minimalized. Tap into your favorite artists’ essentials with meticulously crafted playlists featuring artists such as Pop Smoke, Marvin Gaye, Meek Mill, Saweetie, and more.
Say It Loud!
Black pride is everything! To rise above countless transgressions and flourish in a system that was designed for you to fail, to be proud of the melanin in your skin when we were taught to hate it, to create beautiful art and meaning in a dark world… Say It Loud! embraces this pride through uplifting and celebrating our people with anthemic music from Wale, Pharrell Williams, Trinidad James, and more.
Nubian Queens embraces the beauty and power of Black women through a mix of bold rap and vibrant R&B. Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o sets the tone with a spoken-word intro, saying, “It means everything to me to just feel heard and understood,” while Teyana Taylor, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty and more expand on that energy.
You’re Invited: The Cookout
Cookouts are a staple in the Black community: a time of gathering, togetherness, and pure joy. Every cookout is soundtracked by the sounds of many generations, from MC Lyte and Diana Ross to modern artists such as Layton Greene and Drake. Join us for a virtual cookout and dance to the sounds of triumph and celebration.
ADDITIONAL CONTENT SERIES
Vinyl’d & Verified
Audiomack’s Vinyl’d & Verified series is back in brand new form—Instagram Reels! For the first episode, follow us behind the scenes of Texas rapper Erica Banks’ viral hit “Buss It” and the sampling of Nelly’s iconic 2002 hit “Hot In Herre.” Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram to find out who next week’s featured artist is!
Press Play On Black Businesses
Every other Thursday, we will feature one Black artist as they spotlight their favorite Black-owned businesses and express what Black entrepreneurship means to them.