MSR’s ‘Forefront’ celebrates Black Music Month

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”—Bob Marley

Music can soothe, affirm, comfort, inform, and reach places and spaces where words often fail. Black Music Month, recognized in the U.S. each June since 1979, presents the perfect time to embrace and appreciate the power and role that music has played in the African American experience.

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) is helping to kick off Black Music Month in print and digitally with its roundtable series “Forefront.” Throughout the month of June, the show will feature roundtable discussions with media veterans, tastemakers, musicians and artists that highlight the richness of Black music.

The first show in the series features veteran journalist Robyne Robinson, a MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame honoree, art entrepreneur and moderator; Marquis Taylor, an educator, podcast host, content creator and arts and culture journalist; and legendary KMOJ radio personality Walter “Q Bear” Banks, whose history with the Twin Cities music scene spans decades.

Catch the series on June 3 & 17 on the MSR’s social media channels.

More Info About the First Show:

What: MSR Forefront: Black Music Month Celebration

Where: MSR Facebook and YouTube Channels

When: June 3 @ 6 PM

Who: Marquis Taylor, Robyne Robinson and Walter “Q Bear” Banks

MSR’s Forefront, and its pop-up offshoot MSR Bulletin, are ongoing digital roundtable discussions that center voices from the community to discuss the state of Black Minnesota amid ongoing calls for systemic racial justice. The series is presented by the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.