The door has been slammed on the Obama-era love affair with black rap and pop stars from Beyonce to Common as President Trump turned to the classics in his first declaration of African American Music Appreciation Month.
Trump's declaration, issued Wednesday, made a passing reference to "hip-hop and rap" before moving to an appreciation of past generation greats Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald
"In March, rock and roll lost Chuck Berry, one of its founding fathers. Berry's signature style on the guitar, on display in classics like ‘Johnny B. Goode,' ‘Roll Over Beethoven,' ‘Maybellene,' and ‘Carol,' came to define the explosive new sound of rock and roll. As Keith Richards, guitarist for the Rolling Stones said while introducing Berry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘This is the gentleman who started it all,'" said the White House.
"We also take time this month to recognize the musical influence of two of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, as this year marks their centennial birthdays. Gillespie, through his legendary trumpet sound and Fitzgerald, through her pure, energetic voice, treated people around the world to spirited and soulful jazz music. Their work has influenced countless musicians, and continues to inspire listeners young and old," it added.
In the statement's opening, all forms of black music got a nod:"During June, we pay tribute to the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to American music. The indelible legacy of these musicians ‑‑ who have witnessed our Nation's greatest achievements, as well as its greatest injustices ‑‑ give all Americans a richer, deeper understanding of American culture. Their creativity has shaped every genre of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip hop, and rap."
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