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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.

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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)

2. Sherman Garnes

Sherman Garnes

1940: Sherman Garnes (right) was born. He was a member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and was the bass singer. He died in 1977 of a heart attack. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Tionne Watkins

Tionne Watkins

2004: “TLC” singer Tionne Watkins, 32, divorced rapper Mack 10, 32, due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage