This digital library was born out of a need to make resources about Black music history as comprehensive and accessible as possible. It contains well over one thousand entries (and counting) in the form of books, articles, documentaries, series, radio segments, and podcasts about the Black origins of popular and traditional music, dating from the 18th century to the present day. These materials range from informal to scholarly, meaning there is something in the library for everyone.
There are many notable archives doing similar work, yet it isn’t uncommon for some to have a limited view of Black music—one which fuels US-centrism and a preference for vernacular music traditions. This collection considers the term “Black music” more widely, as it aims to address any instances in which Black participation led to the creation or innovation of music across the diaspora. Plainly speaking, that means just about every genre will be included here.
Black artists have often been minimized or omitted entirely when it comes to the discussion, practice, and research of many forms of music. This library seeks to correct that. It is time to reframe Black music history as foundational to American music history, Latinx music history, and popular music history at large.
(Content warning: rape)
I have rape-colored skin. My light-brown-blackness is a living testament to the rules, the practices, the causes of the Old South.
If there are those who want to remember the legacy of the Confederacy, if they want monuments, well, then, my body is a monument. My skin is a monument.
You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument - Caroline Randall Williams
- Natives : Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - Akala
- Brit(ish) : On Race, Identity and Belonging - Afua Hirsch
- Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge
- How to Argue With a Racist : History, Science, Race and Reality - Adam Rutherford
"Binge Watching" is a sci-fi short film by Nigerian-British film-maker Nosa Igbinedion.
In the near future, a woman comes across a VR film where she will experience a tense encounter with a pair of policemen… through the eyes of a black man.
Content warning: Depicts an assault from the victim's point of view.