As I sit brainstorming, looking for something amazing to say, that would describe the necessity and richness of the Black Music Honors, a song chimed from my Pandora playlist, that’s utterly familiar. The 1996 hit single called “Pony,” by Ginuwine, stroked at my memory bank, reminding me of the days when music was still old-fashioned to a certain degree, where you loved the hidden messages and resonance from the stories. The implications hidden in the sonnets, were personal depending on your course in life.
In fact, Ginuwine was the sexual deviant of R&B during the late 90’s and early 2000, when his music launched. He had this cool swag about himself, euphonious vocals, along with racy dancing, that always sent a heeding message to the ladies about relationships like his song, “None of Ur Friends Business,” and “So Anxious,” which were both pretty explanatory.
Ginuwine made hit after quantifying hit from his breakout album Ginuwine… The Bachelor in 1996 until A Ginuwine Christmas in 2011, just to give a lengthy timeline for his talented contributions to music, the culture, to us, his fans who’s rooted for him all these years.
Ginuwine (Urban Icon Award) Angie Stone (Soul Music Icon); Gospel Trailblazer, Marvin Sapp (Gospel Music Icon Award), Ramsey Lewis (Legacy Award), talked about their humble beginnings in the music industry, as well as their recognition for the 2021 Black Music Honors celebration, in a recent press conference.
The harmonious creatives shared their experiences through the years, staying in their ingenious lanes, growth, and the audacity to feed their passions although they each encountered some type of difficulty in their quest to become great. Imagine that— They found tenacity, the will to follow their dreams, and land on their feet after takeoff. Some of them faced hardships publicly. They continued to become liberated while creating, and they remained hungry and humbled still till this day.
Marvin Sapp, he shared with a journalist (Yes, I am totally stealing the reference), that he rode around in a beat-up car, covered in rust. He’d take the car to a local carwash to have it cleaned and waxed, because he wanted those rust marks shinning. He said that the people tasked with cleaning his car, would give him a side-eye because he treated the car like new, as though it were a top-of-the-line automobile. What they didn’t know is that Marvin Sapp lived by a set of rules, and one of those rules was simple, “Take care of what you have, so that that Lord will bless you with more.”
The Lord indeed, blessed him with more. Gospel recording artist, Marvin Sapp, is founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church. He recorded 7 albums, and released numerous singles including his crossover Billboard hit, “Never Would’ve Made” It is noted that in Billboard's 54-year history of tracking album sales, Marvin Sapp is the highest charting gospel artist.
Black Music Honors will celebrate Marvin Sapp along with others for their distinctive contributions to the black culture, longevity in their fields, talents and musical scores. Most importantly, they are honored for legacy fulfillment.
Chicago-based television production company Central City Productions will televise the 6th Annual BlackMusic Honors in national broadcast syndication starting June 5 to July 4, 2021 and on Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. EST on Bounce TV. This year’s presentation will celebrate Black Music Month and commemorate Juneteenth or Emancipation Day with a special tribute to the holiday presented by Speech of Arrested Development.
This years’ performers include Cece Winans, Montell Jordan, After 7, Syleena Johnson, Pleasure P, Stokley, Avery Sunshine, J. Moss, Q Parker, Bahamadia, Chrisette Michele, Jac Ross, Jacquees, Mumu Fresh, Kevin Ross, Theresa Tha Songbird, and Zacardi Cortez. Emmy® Award-winning talk show host, comedienne and author Loni Love will host the star-studded two-hour special which will honor artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.
The honorees for this year’s Black Music Honorsincludes multiple Grammy® Award-nominated R&B legend Angie Stone tapped to receive the Soul Music Icon Award, Grammy® Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Ginuwine will receive the Urban Music Icon Award, multiple Stellar Award-winning and Grammy® Award-nominated gospel vocalist Marvin Sapp will receive the Gospel MusicIcon Award, and Grammy® Award-winning jazz virtuoso, Ramsey Lewis will receive the Legends Award. The National Museum of African American Music will be honored with the Legacy Award.
Founder and Executive Producer Don Jacksonstated, “I am extremely excited about our 6th Annual Black Music Honors in commemoration of the Juneteenth holiday, and we’ve assembled a spectacular line-up of performers to celebrate our music icons and the spirit of the holiday. It’s especially fitting that we honor the National Museum of African American Music, now open to the public, which supports our mission of honoring legendary Black artists who have influenced the culture and music worldwide.
ABOUT BLACK MUSIC HONORS
Black Music Honors is an annual two-hour event that acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Produced by Chicago-based production company Central City Productions (CCP) and hosted by Loni Love. For more information visit www.blackmusichonors.com.
ABOUT CENTRAL CITY PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. is a national broadcast television producer and syndicator of its exclusively owned African-American programming. Celebrating over 50 years of broadcasting Black excellence with uplifting and entertaining original television content, CCP’s award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards (www.stellarawards.com), Stellar Tribute to the Holidays, Black College Quiz Show Series (www.blackcollegequiz.com), and Mentoring Kings (www.mentoringking.com), among many others. For more information, visit www.stellartv.com.