Black Joy Is Resistance: A Playlist For Juneteenth

by | Jun 19, 2020 | MUSIC

In celebration of Juneteenth, Richmond musician extraordinaire and all-around renaissance man Reggie Pace presents a collection of joyful Black American music offering everyone “a moment to breathe.”

Happy Juneteenth everybody!!!

This playlist is a moment to breathe. The history of Black America was recorded through music and art. It amazes me that in every era of music, no matter the circumstances, we can find examples of joy. I will keep Breonna Taylor in my heart today as I take a moment to reflect and breathe.

It’s just a moment.
The fight for equality continues.

This list covers decades and decades of Black Music that I love.
It’s a Juneteenth Celebration! Take a moment to breathe! Power to the People.


Photo: “Black Is Beautiful” art installation, Chamberlayne Ave & Jackson St, Jackson Ward, Richmond VA. Courtesy Ricky & Whitney Parker/Dream For Purpose

Reggie Pace

Reggie Pace

Reggie Pace host of the PACECAST and co-Founder of Richmond’s own NO BS! Brass, a high-octane Brass explosion that's played festivals all over The United States, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, and Belgium. Pace is a member of the Hustle Season Podcast, and you can catch him in town playing with Piranha Rama, Night Idea, The Big Payback, Mikrowaves and Brunswick. He has toured the world with Bon Iver, during which they won a Grammy for "Best New Artist." He has also played music in beautiful venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, O2 Arena in Dublin, Wembley in London, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. His television appearances include Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Austin City Limits, Jools Holland and Seth Meyers.

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