President announces start of 'African-American Music Appreciation Month'

President announced the start of 'African-American Music Appreciation Month' on Friday.  

In a White House statement, the president praised the 'ingenuity of talented African American artists' whose work 'laid the foundation for so many recognizable and cherished genres of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, hip hop and rap'.

'African-American music has played a significant role in shaping the American dream and instilling a sense of pride in being an “American.” 

President Trump announced the start of 'African-American Music Appreciation Month' on Friday. He's pictured above with rapper Kanye West, right, after he had won the election 

President announced the start of 'African-American Music Appreciation Month' on Friday. He's pictured above with rapper Kanye West, right, after he had won the election 

Above, Trump's full statement announcing the beginning of the month-long celebration 

Above, 's full statement announcing the beginning of the month-long celebration 

'The talent and creativity of pioneers like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Etta James, Whitney Houston, and many others have indelibly enriched our culture and our lives,' the statement

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