President George W. Bush has recognized the month of June as Black Music Month in a proclamation released by the White House.
Said Bush in the statement: “The music of African-American musicians has helped shape our national character and become an important part of our musical heritage. Often born out of great pain and strong faith, that music has helped African Americans endure tremendous suffering and overcome injustice with courage, faith, and hope.”
The President singled out the likes of Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and James Brown as musical greats who “have enriched our culture with innovative talent and artistic legacies that continue to influence musicians today.”
Unfortunately, Mr. President made no mention of Snoop Dogg and the musically enriching nature of his pimp tales.