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There’s no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a medium to impact social change and connect with their fans across the globe.

June is African-American Music Month. Created by President Jimmy Carter, every president since then has encouraged people to celebrate the month.

From James Brown’s 1968 classic, “I’m Black and I’m Proud” and Queen Latifah’s tribute to sisters, to Kanye West praising Jesus, each song’s message has gone on to resonate with legions of listeners.

 James Brown – I’m Black and I’m Proud

Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come

Michael Jackson – Heal the World

N.W.A. – F*** the Police

TLC – Waterfalls

Salt & Pepa – Let’s Talk about Sex

Kanye West – Jesus Walks

Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Bob Marley – Redemption Song

Various Artists – We Are the World

Aretha Franklin – Respect

Public Enemy – Fight the Power

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.

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