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Will the generations, yet unborn, remember the struggles and sacrifices of those who came before them? Will they know of a time when our musicians and writers recorded songs that celebrate life, love, liberty, unity and progress? Say It Loud? Will they know of a music that inspired freedom movements around the world? Will they know the Negro Spirituals, jazz, the blues, gospel music, Soul Music, R&B, Spoken Word and Hip Hop at its very best? What will the music and the songs of that far distant day sound like? Future Generations What is and will be the responsibility of the creative artist as representative of our most precious cultural gifts to the world—music, drama/theater, dance, literature? Our art tells our story: If it’s negative, so will be the consequences; if it’s positive, so will be the rewards. Our music and our art determine the true character of our collective soul. Future generations will measure and judge the success or failure of this present generation not by a standard of living, but rather by the quality of our thinking—Positive Music Matters!

Does the contemporary music soundtrack and images of today take us forward or move us backward? Just because something is old, it should not be despised; neither should something new or novel be unconditionally embraced. The wisdom, experience and leadership of those conversant in such matters will help us determine which values to carry forward or those to be left behind. And this we must do for ourselves; on our own terms— Positive Music Matters! The progress of our children and the integrity of our African American culture mean everything! Market forces notwithstanding, in such matters, we the people, liberated sons and daughters of the Most High God, descendants the Great Emancipation, are sovereign. It is therefore, our God-given right and patriotic duty that we encourage one another to do all we can to preserve, protect and promote our very best, America’s best. The salvation and prosperity of future generations warrants that we muster the will and courage to go forth, in claim of our divine inheritance—now. For therein lies the real power of Soul!

From: The Positive Community's 2016 Calendar: Positive Music Matters thepositivecommunity.com thepositivecommunity.com

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