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Black Music Month: Hip-Hop’s Female Trailblazers

June is the start of many celebrations like Pride and Caribbean Heritage Month. It’s also the start of Black Music Month! This annual celebration recognizes and honors the contributions of Black musicians to American music and culture. The efforts first originated in 1979. President Jimmy Carter designated June as “Black Music Month” to celebrate the rich musical heritage of African Americans.

This years Black Music Month is especially important. 2023 is the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. There are many women who have been trailblazers in the hip-hop game. Here are a few of the women we have to thank for what the genre is today.

Black Women Hip-Hop Needs To Thank

The first woman that trailblazed hip-hop was Cindy Campbell. Although she wasn’t an artist, she played a huge part in the genre’s origins. Hip-hop was born on August 11, 1973, because of a back-to-school party. Legendary DJ, DJ Kool Herc was in charge of the music for the function, but the party was put together by Campbell. She was considered the first hip-hop promoter.

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