It's that time again! That's right, it's time for one of Black Music Month's most prestigious ceremonies honoring contributors, supporters, and lovers of Black Music! It's THE COMEBACK PHILLY STYLE 2018!
There is so much to be thankful for and excited about when it comes to this event, that as I've decided to talk about it, I almost didn't know where to begin. It has expanded into a third city, Joan Myers Brown (founder of Philadanco), is one of the honorees, and there will be a special tribute for the love and work of the man, E. Steven Collins.
Philly, is where it all began, Atlanta, was next to pick up the mantle, and this year Nashville, makes for the triune city tour.
The foundation of the comeback was laid in Philadelphia with Isaac Hamm III, who was once an intern for the legendary radio personality Ms. Dyana Williams. By working for a legend Isaac, was able to gain firsthand knowledge of the historic moves made by Hall of Fame music producer Kenny Gamble and Ms. Williams along with others to federally declare June as Black Music Month. In 1979, then president James (Jimmy) Carter declared June Black Music Month, however, he had never signed a presidential proclamation so technically it wasn't yet official. Ms. Williams was not satisfied and after being made aware of the oversight she would not stop working until Black Music Month was validated by our federal government. Here efforts paid off and in 2000, then President William Jefferson Clinton, invited her to the white house to witness the passing of The African American Music Bill! If it were not for the collective and continued efforts of these Philly legends we would not have an official summer month recognizing Black Music.
Now, with the firm footing, of the creation of Black Music Month, Isaac Hamm III, has been passed the baton and is running the next leg of the race which is the task of establishing an event that honors Black Music Month, Nationally. With the triune city tour being in effect this year and sights set on LA, in the near future, The Comeback is synonymous with the acknowledgement of Black Music Month.
Because of the valiant efforts of everyone Ms. Williams, Mr. Gamble, and The Comeback's founder Isaac Hamm III, we will be celebrating Black Music and the contributions of many to this rich legacy at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening June 20th from 7- 10PM with VIP Red Carpet beginning at 6. As mentioned before there is a special tribute honoring E. Steven Collins the famed Philly Journalist and former Director of Radio One. The honorees also include Bishop Andrew J. Ford II Pastor of Ford Memorial Temple, Gospel Recording Artist Eric Roberson, and Ms. Joan Myers Brown, Founder of Philadanco.
Ms Myers Brown's commitment to excellence and the arts has earned her one of this nations highest honors which was presented to her by President Barak Obama. She received the National Medal of Arts in 2012.
One of the reasons I'm so impressed with Isaac, deciding to honor Ms. Myers Brown, is the fact that she is a dancer. Often times when we think music we think artist, writers, producers, musicians, and the like, and our minds don't necessarily go to dancers. In actuality dancers express in movement what the sound of music makes us all feel. This is a most fitting honor. There's so much more to learn about who the Dance Heritage Coalition has referred to as one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures, so I invite you to the read up on her and the organization on the official website at philadanco.org .
I am looking forward to this event and I hope to see you there, joining us, as we celebrate the rich history Philadelphia has given to the world in the area of Black Music....