Back with another Black Music Month post!

This week, I decided to dedicate a post to the musical pioneers and innovators from the 1950s through the 1970s. I choose to go with the men and women who blazed a trail for Black entertainers of today while laying the foundation for today’s music. In the process, I decided to highlight some groups from the time period. I drew inspiration from constellations, heaven and the sky to tribute these true icons and legends. I also used the post to highlight some legends we’ve lost in recent years.

Just like my previous posts on Hip-Hop, I will showcase my sources while giving a peek into my process.

Here are my source images:al_green

Al Green


Aretha Franklin


Barry White


Betty Wright

Bob Marley

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Chaka Khan


Chuck Berrycurtis_mayfieldCurtis Mayfielddiana_rossDiana Rossdionne_warwickDionne Warwickdonna_summerDonna Summerjackie_wilsonJackie Wilsonjames_brownJames Brown


Jimi Hendrixlittle_richardLittle Richardmarvin_gayeMarvin Gayemary_wellsMary Wells


Miles Davisnat_king_coleNat King Colenatalie_coleNatalie Cole


Nina Simoneray_charlesRay Charlesrick_jamesRick Jamesruth_brownRuth Brownsam_cookeSam Cooke


Sammy Davis, Jr.stevie_wonderStevie Wonderteddy_pendergrassTeddy Pendergrass


If you want to see the final result, check out my Instagram! Until next time, be your best creative self!