While being the home to Juneteenth, June also is Black Music Month. Technically it is ‘African American Music Appreciation’ Month, but you know how we get down. Now there are a lot of ways to support Black Music and Musicians and they often are more about music itself. We want to show some other ways to celebrate and support Black Music. As always, you can find all of the black owned brands that you need when you search our directory.
Record stores were a vital part of the community for the years before digital. They were a community, a place to hang out and talk about music with friends and to discover new music. Today, they are far less frequent, though the community aspects are still around with the renewed interest in vinyl. You can also get some cool collectibles and maybe shirts and posters for your decor. Here are some of the Black owned record stores that are still around.
In Cleveland, Brittany’s Record Shop is on a mission to educate the community and share the love of Black Music. The shop’s owner Brittany Benton personally curates all of the vinyl in the shop which is only open on weekends. You can however, request a personal shopping experience for the other days of the week.
In San Diego, you can find a deep collection of hip-hop records and yes even cassette tapes at Fivespace. Catch all of the classics and OG tapes like BDP’s “By All Means Necessary”. If you’re into indie acts that drop in retro mediums, you can find pre-orders for upcoming releases too and keep analog alive.
How else to celebrate Black Music Month than to listen to some? Get your audio fix on with some new speakers or headphones. There are a few Black Owned Companies that offer Black Owned Bluetooth Speakers and headphones for your listening enjoyment.
Another brand of audio products that you can support is Raytec Audio. This Black Woman Owned tech brand was born from research and a desire to defeat fear and reach outside of the box to create something new.
When you get yourself familiar with your favorites from over the decades, get your friends and family over to share. It would be awkward to just throw on random songs, but break the ice with one of the great music inspired games that you can buy. These never get old and when you get home you will remember another joint that you could have played.