JOVM’s William Ruben Helms celebrates the 58th anniversary of Biz Markie’s birth.
JOVM’s William Ruben Helms (belatedly) celebrates the 73rd anniversary of Gil Scott-Heron’s birth.
JOVM’s William Ruben Helms celebrates the 109th anniversary of Muddy Waters’ birth.
JOVM’s William Ruben Helms celebrates the 83rd anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s birth.
JOVM’s William Ruben Helms celebrates Angus Young’s 67th birthday.
JOVM belatedly celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the birth of Teddy Pendergrass.
Time does what it usually does: it flies by faster than what you’d expect or even want.Today is February 14. It’s Valentine’s Day and the 14th day of Black History Month. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been proudly featuring Black artists across a wide and eclectic array of genres and styles with the hopes that these artists can guide you towards further understanding of the Black experience.
As the month goes on, I hope that you’ll be reminded of these urgently important facts:
Black culture is American culture — and Black music is American music.
America’s greatest and beloved contributions to the world are Black music styles — the blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop.
Black art matters.
Black lives matter — all of them, all of the time.
So because it’s Valentine’s Day, I felt it was necessary to feature yet another patron saint of love, the legendary Teddy Pendergrass, one of the kings of Quiet Storm R&B.