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Black History Month 2016

Black History Month represents a myriad of meaningful aspects to the diverse listeners who tune into Pandora. From California to Georgia, Baltimore to the Bay – each individual has a unique outlook on this ongoing history and the eclectic soundtrack that accompanies it. For some, music is the fuel for the activist spirit. For others, it is nostalgia that transports them back to a time when “It was all a dream…” No matter where you’re from, when you grew up or where you’re going, we want to provide the music for you to listen, learn and share.

Pandora’s Black History Month stations are focused on the story of the African American artists, producers and songwriters who are defining the African American legacy. Tune in to hear those deep, emotional, Motown classics on Soul Society, the syncopated multicultural sound of the African Diaspora on Afro Latino Architects or Detroit’s king of the beats on Produced by J-Dilla. We’ll take you back to the originators who changed the game on Hip Hop Revolution and hit the stage with Black History on Broadway.

Establishing our roots in Oakland, Pandora has been exposed to some of the
rich history of the Black Panther Party. We’ve created a mixtape with the launch of the film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on PBS. Experience the soundtrack of a generation entrenched in conflict and controversy.

Today, artists like Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Tink and Missy Elliott are all making uniquely relevant recordings. Their gripping tales will influence the consciously minded generation that wants to hear the full story. We want to honor you with the music that moves you on Pandora, so listen for your favorite classics, learn about new artists and share your favorite stations.