About the Black Music Project – its purpose, its inception, and its creators
To use the power of graphics and storytelling to recognize, promote and preserve the idea that the history of Black music is the story of America.
Founder and Director of The Black Music Project, and Owner of Griot’s Eye Inc.
Project manager, Creative Director, UI/UX Designer, and Owner of digital design agency Composite.
Researcher, Writer, and Project Development
Front-End Web Developer
Vocalist, Songwriter, & Music Educator
Roberta Lea is an emerging singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the country music world. Her EP “Just A Taste” is available on her site. Roberta’s song "Sweet Baby Ray" won Song of the Year at the 2022 Veer Music Awards.
Dr. Kevin P. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department at Spelman College. As a tenured professor, Johnson teaches choral conducting, music theory, and music technology and has stood as the director of the world-renowned Spelman College Glee Club for nearly 20 years. He is also the founder of Black Music Scholar and an authority on Black music history.
Yvonne Harris Burnley is an entertainment lawyer and adjunct professor of entertainment law at Howard University. She is an attorney and manager for the estate of the music of her father, renowned jazz saxophonist, Eddie Harris.
Joe Wilson is an early-stage startup advisor, marketer and investor. He began his career at CBS, where his marketing and tech prowess elevated him into a senior management role. He also co-founded The Quiver marketplace for surfers and renting surfboards worldwide.
Jordannah Elizabeth is an American journalist, lecturer, music critic, author, and screenwriter. Jordannah's writing, lectures, and commentary have been featured as a part of Hearst Magazines, BBC 2, REELZ Channel, CBC syndicated radio, WYPR, Harvard University, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Baltimore Book Festival. Jordannah's writing has been featured in NPR Music, Village Voice, LA Weekly, MTV World, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, DownBeat Magazine, and other publications. She has been a regular entertainment journalist for New York Amsterdam News since 2013 and is the founder of the literary organization, Publik / Private.
Kris Manjapra was born in the Caribbean of mixed African and Indian parentage. He grew up in Canada and completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard. He is Professor of History at Tufts University, and a recipient of the Diverse magazine 2015 Emerging Scholar Award. He has held fellowships at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is the author of Colonialism in Global Perspective and Age of Entanglement.
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Published: February 1, 2022
The first version of the Black Music Project is available to the public. The website includes limited basic core features.
Expected: April 11th, 2022
More core features will be added to the site including exhibits, roadmap, news, and story. The store is finally here!