When the label responsible for revolutionizing the impact of black music on American airwaves implores action, we need to listen
Today the Rock & Roll Globe stands in solidarity with Atlantic senior directors of marketing Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas.
The two Atlantic Records executives launched #TheShowMustBePaused in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and “other black citizens at the hands of police” as part of today’s “Blackout Tuesday” events.
That this message comes from two black women executives from Atlantic Records need not be lost on any of us. Since 1947, Atlantic has been an uncompromising champion of black music, from John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Lizzo, Burna Boy and Roddy Ricch. And while there’s more than a fair share of skepticism towards this campaign, our conviction in the spirit of this historic imprint is strong enough to respect its virtue.
Please check out this long out-of-print documentary on Atlantic Records and take this day to reflect on the joy that jazz, soul, R&B, trap, hip-hop, funk, gospel and the blues have given every single one of us living in this country.
Black lives matter.
VIDEO: The Atlantic Records Story (full movie)