Throwback: Black History Month: Sly and the Family Stone

Today is the 21st day of Black History Month. Over the course of the month, I’ll spend some time paying tribute to Black artists across a wide and diverse array of genres and styles. My hope is that these posts should serve as an important reminder that the Black experience is the American experience, that Black culture is American culture — and importantly, Black lives and Black art matter. You can’t love Black art and Black artists without giving a shit about Black people. 

This month won’t be a comprehensive study of Black music. It’ll be more idiosyncratic because — well, JOVM after all. Now, if you’ve been following this site, you may recall that so far I’ve paid tribute to:

Last night, I finally saw Questlove’s Summer of Soul. I think it’s arguably one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen. Goodness, so many beautiful and talented Black people. The pure Black joy. The amazing music. If you haven’t watched it, please do. It’s a much-needed primer on Black History and Black music.

Sly and The Family Stone performed at the Harlem Cultural Festival — and as my mom has told me, she was there. The footage from the festival is amazing. So, I thought I’d share some footage of the soul and funk legends doing their thing live, because it’s also so very much-needed.