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Black Music Month originated in 1979.  President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the music, the  achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

June 8: This Day in Black Music History  was originally published on

1. Kanye West

Kanye West

1978: Kanye West was born. He is a recording artist, record producer, film director and fashion designer and a dad. (Photo: AP)