So for those of you that don’t know, June is Black Music Month. As someone who is an avid music lover, this is an important month to me. Some of my favorite artists are Beyonce, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Raheem Devaughn, Mint Condition, Chrisette Michelle, Common, Lenny Kravitz, and my girlhood crush Prince (don’t judge me!). So please take some time out of your busy schedule this month to celebrate your favorite artist. A great site to check out is Black Music America, which highlights all genres of music that are prevalent to black artists. If you want to stay in the know of music and artistry, this is the place to go. Also, check to see if your city is holding any festivals or events celebrating Black History Month or even a Black musical artist. If not, take it upon yourself to gather up some friends and have your own event where you play music by some of your favorite artists or even have a movie night and show black musicals, like “Purple Rain” (you knew it was coming), “Mahogany”, or “Dreamgirls”, just to name a few. And we don’t have to limit ourselves to just musical artists. Play songs by your favorite black producer or songwriter… I know I will be. So, until next time-I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.
The DC Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, is the biggest jazz festival in the District. This year from June 1-13, residents and guests have plenty of opportunities to tour the city and listen to great jazz artists in various venues. The committee even scheduled family friendly activities as well as those special places that you may want to take that special guy or girl. And don’t worry, there’s also something for everyone’s budget! Some of this year’s performers include Roberta Flack, Brand Linde Quartet, Claudio Roditi Quartet, Richard Miller Trio, and many other notable and international acts.
One thing I enjoyed last year was travelling to the Phillips Collection Museum near Dupont Circle and having a chance to look at some amazing art and listening to some great jazz. It was my first time attending, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. And I might add that it was one of my first times navigating the Metro system by myself, so I feel very proud!!! Maybe this year I’ll pick a spot or 2 and invite my friends along. If you live in the District or will be here visiting, feel free to check out the website to view the schedule and see when your favorite artist is going to perform. Also, if you plan on purchasing tickets, make sure you get them quickly as they have a tendency to sell out quickly!! Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.