(Atlanta, GA – June 2023) The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is proud to announce the upcoming event “Black Music Month: History, Legacy, Technology, and Impact,” organized by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Media and Entertainment (M&E) Societies. This captivating panel discussion will delve into the rich history of black music, its profound impact, the technology driving music creation, and its influence on future generations. The event will take place on Thursday, June 29th, at 5:30pm, hosted at Comcast (2605 Circle 75 Parkway SE) in Atlanta.

The panel features esteemed experts in the music industry, including Catherine Brewton, Vice President of Creative at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Atlanta-based music producer J Nauti, Robyne N. Gordon, Lead Contracts Manager at TYDAL, Dr. Paula Grissom Brougton, Assistant Professor at Spelman College, Africana Studies Professor, Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey, Music professor and Producer at Illyass Recording, Booker Edwards, and the dynamic moderator and host of “Good News Gospel” on WPGN Radio, Twanda Black. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insights from these industry leaders and engage in an informative discussion.

In addition to the panel discussion, the event will showcase a video tribute honoring Black artists who passed away in 2023, as well as live performances by renowned R&B Neo Soul singer Denell Porche, spoken word artist William Chatman (aka Free Will), and talented singer Is that SUMA.

Black Music Month, originally established by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 as a celebration of African American musical influences, holds a significant place in our nation’s cultural heritage. In 2009, President Barack Obama renamed the celebration African American Music Month to emphasize its broader impact.

Bebita Metellus, DEI Society Chair, emphasized the unifying power of music, stating, “Music has always been an art form that brings people together, regardless of their differences. As members of the DEI society, it is our responsibility to host this event for our members and the public. We aim to continue this legacy, educate others about the history and impact of Black music in our country, and show future generations, whose parents have been shaped by Black music, that these ‘new sounds’ originated within the Black community.”

Quincy Johnson and Louis Gump, Media & Entertainment Society Co-Chairs, underscored that technology-driven innovation has enabled the longstanding impact of Black music to expand in creative expression and audience appeal. “Georgia plays a central role in media and entertainment, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Innovation through technology has increased the ability for Black musicians and producers to create and distribute a wide range of music that appeals to different audiences. The Media & Entertainment Society has a longstanding commitment to highlighting the voices that shape our world. This event provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn from industry experts and be entertained by a special selection of leading artists.”

This exciting event is a collaborative effort between TAG DEI and TAG Media and Entertainment Societies, two dynamic groups within the technology and entertainment sectors. It promises to be an enlightening and entertaining experience for all attendees.


Event Details:

Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2023
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Comcast (2605 Circle 75 Parkway SE)
Admission: TAG Members – Free; Non-members – $20
Tickets available for purchase at www.tagonline.org

About TAG Societies:

TAG Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Society supports professionals in technology and tech-driven companies by aiding in the development and management of human resources and diversity initiatives. Their goal is to foster awareness of the positive impact diversity has on business goals and provide a platform for sharing innovative best practices and networking opportunities.

The TAG Media & Entertainment Society stands at the forefront of Georgia’s rapidly expanding sectors. With a focus on fostering innovation and adaptation, this society empowers companies and tech leaders to embrace the ever-evolving trends within the dynamic realm of media and entertainment. Through its diverse array of programs and events, the society delves into a wide range of hot topics, including Esports and Gaming, Film, and Digital trends. By providing a platform for knowledge exchange and exploration, the society catalyzes growth and drives the advancement of this vibrant industry.