Celebrating Black History & Achievement

by | Feb 18, 2021

MediaTech Spotify Playlists curated by the MediaTech Staff, Faculty & our anonymous Curator-at-large.

Our first playlist A Celebration of Black History & Achievement is curated in honor of the generations of African Americans who have trail-blazed in the midst of adversity and continue to light the way for those that follow their footsteps in the fields of music, film, & digital media. The playlist is never ending as the contributions of these talents are innumerable and we will update this post periodically as the playlist grows!

Song: “Bigger”
Recording Artist: Beyonce
Submitted by: Jaleigha Jones – “This song reminds me that even during my darkest days, I’m a part of something bigger than me. My ancestor’s blood runs through my veins, therefore I know I’m capable of any and every thing. “

Song: ”Thriller”
Recording Artist: Michael Jackson
Producer: Quincy Jones
Submitted by: Wes Martin – “Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson’s masterpiece “Thriller” done in 8 weeks after going through 900 songs to get 9 songs.”

Song: “Star Spangled Banner” 
Recording Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Submitted by: Wendy Jasper – “Some might think Hendrix’s Woodstock Banner was an on-the-spot improvisation. But he had actually been experimenting with the song for over a year, and he would continue to perform the anthem up until his untimely death in September, 1970.  In all, Hendrix performed the piece at least 70 times, with his last known performance taking place almost a year after Woodstock – in Hawaii, on Aug. 1, 1970. Hendrix sometimes titled his anthem renditions “This Is America,” and his arrangements were as flexible as they were potent. They could be as short as three minutes or as long as six-and-a-half.”

Song: “I Will Always Love You” 
Recording Artist: Whitney Houston
Film: The Bodyguard
Submitted by: Chad Marlow – “No entertainer has ever been more successful than Whitney Houston in 1992. Her star vehicle “The Bodyguard” became the highest grossing live action film of the year and its soundtrack topped the pop chart on its way to becoming one of the best selling albums of all time. Both these feats were largely propelled by the single “I Will Always Love You,” Houston’s soaring and heartbreaking R&B makeover of Dolly Parton’s country hit from the 1970s.”

Song: “Four Women”
Recording Artist, Songwriter: Nina Simone 
Program:  Acting- Represents 4 different female characters
Submitted by: Tiffany Vollmer – “This song tells the stories of four black women, each with varying physical traits and experiences that represent different types of black women. The song also details the lasting impact of slavery.”

Song: “I Put A Spell On You” 
Recording Artist: Nina Simone 
Songwriter: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 
Submitted by: Cristal Givens – “Both Screaming Jay Hawkins & Nina Simone were fearless artists & performers whose contributions to the arts continue to inspire the world. “

Song: “Strange Fruit”
Recording Artist: Billie Holiday
Submitted by: Kerry Crafton

Song: “Born to Play”
Recording Artist, Composer: Jon Batiste
Film / Animation: “Soul” Based on Jon Batiste
Submitted by: Brad Ruelkberg

Song: “Lipstick Traces”
Recording Artist: Benny Spellma
Songwriter: Allen Toussaint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKCuDvdk_BA
Submitted by: Tiffany Vollmer

Song: “Little Wing”
Recording Artist, Composer, Songwriter: Jim Hendrix
Submitted by: Van Quattro 

Song: “I’m So Proud”
Recording Artist: The Impressions
Songwriter: Curtis Mayfield
Submitted by: Van Quattro

ADDITIONAL TRACKS by MediaTech’s curator-at-large

Song: “A Brand New Day”
Recording Artists: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross
Songwriter: Luther Vandross
Producer: Quincy Jones
Film: “The Wiz

Song: “Mystery of Inquity”
Recording Artist, Songwriter:  Ms. Lauryn Hill 

Song: “Unforgettable”
Recording Artists: Nate King Cole, Natalie Cole 

Song: “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”
Recording Artist, Songwriter: Bill Withers
Producer: Booker T. Jones

Song: “Purple Rain”
Recording Artist, Songwriter, Composer, Actor, Screenwriter: Prince
Film: Purple Rain

Song: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Recording Artist: Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrel
Songwriters: Nickolas Ashford, Valerie SImpson (Ashford & Simpson)
Producers: Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua

Song: “Nutbush City Limits”
Recording Artists: Tina Turner, Ike Turner
Songwriters: Tina Turner
Producer: Ike Turner

Song: “Summertime”
Recording Artists: Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
Film:“Porgy & Bess”
Actors: Sidney PoitierSammy Davis Jr., Dorothy Dandridge

Song: “Miles Ahead”
Recording Artist: Miles Davis
Film:Miles Ahead
Director, Actor, ScreenWriter: Don Cheadle

Song: “‘Round Midnight”
Recording Artist, Producer: Herbie Hancock
Composer: Thelonious Monk
Film: ‘Round MidNight
Actor: Dexter Gordon