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Students celebrate close of Black History Month with Spotify playlist

Jerrica Thomas, staff writer

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Reflecting on Black History Month, which ended in February, the PostScript has compiled a Spotify playlist featuring music recommended by students on campus.

Music was played in the dining hall during lunch for Multicultural Music Monday: Black Girls Rock on Feb. 6. For the PostScript’s playlist, students were asked to name their favorite black artists and why they picked them.

Jasmine Carter, first-year communications major, recommended “Formation” and “Sorry” by Beyonce and “Love Me Now” by John Legend. Beyonce and Legend conveyed a sense of black unity in their music. “They all bespoke power and coming together to take back what’s ours, to embrace blackness,” Carter said.

Rekha Letsinger, senior dance studies major, recommended Erykah Badu’s hits for the playlist. Jessica Baxter, sophomore accounting and behavioral science major, suggested artists described as “underrated.” Jazmine Sullivan was an artist Baxter noted as an underrated artist. Sullivan’s most recent album is entitled “Reality Show.”

Reagan Pickering, first-year elementary education major, recommended “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men. “I like old school music,” Pickering said.

Demery Trantan, first-year dance education major, suggested the soundtrack to Fox network drama “Empire.”


Black History Month Playlist

“F. U. B. U.” – Solange

“When I See U” – Fantasia

“Love” – Keyshia Cole

“No, No, No” – Destiny’s Child

“My Beyonce” – Dej Loaf   

“Weary” – Solange

“Strange Fruit” – Nina Simone

“Sorry” – Beyonce

“Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson

“Hail Mary” – 2Pac

“Heavensent” – Keyshia Cole

“Window Seat” – Erykah Badu

“Get Busy” – Sean Paul

“Junie” – Solange

“Can’t Raise a Man” – K. Michelle

“Mercy Said No” – Cece Winans

“Crooked Smile” – J. Cole  

“Bag Lady” – Erykah Badu

“End of the Road” – Boyz II Men

“Cranes in the Sky” – Solange

Artists not featured on the Spotify playlist but recommended by students are featured on the YouTube version of the playlist.

Spotify has a Black History Month playlist available online. NPR published an Afro-Latino mixtape to celebrate Africa’s influence in Latin and Caribbean music. Free playlists published by the site’s users are available on 8tracks.

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