Throwback: Black History Month/Happy 75th Birthday, Rick James!

It’s the first day of Black History Month. I tend to use this time as a way to remind readers – and everyone else of a couple of important facts:

  • You can’t love Black artists and their work, and not see them as people 
  • Black lives — and Black art matters 
  • Black culture is American culture 

So as we go through the month, I’m going to talk about a collection of Black artists. It’ll be fairly comprehensive and eclectic list — although it won’t be a complete list. Earlier today, I talked about the legendary Patti LaBelle, arguably one of the most unique and powerhouse vocals ever. 

This post is a special, dual purpose one: I’m continuing to celebrate Black History Month but as it turns out, it’s also the 75th anniversary of Rick James‘ birth. James is behind some of the funkiest songs known to man.

Happy Black History Month y’all! And happy birthday, Rick! Happy birthday, wherever you are!