It should be obvious by now, even to repeat offenders like John McCain, that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) isn't one to keep quiet in the face of dissent. Harris has been in the national spotlight lately for her colleagues' attempts to silence her during hearings on the Trump administration's links to Russia.
Now Harris is using her voice in a different, but equally strong way: paying tribute to African-American Music Appreciation month. Harris just released a 45-track playlist that celebrates black artists.
In recognition of the African-American Music Appreciation Month, the senator compiled a Spotify song list, titled “#AAMAM — All Time Favorites,” that she feels best represents the culturally diverse and timelessness of black music.
The playlist is a mix of contemporary hip-hop and soulful classics and features black musicians like Tupac, Dr. Dre, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Migos, Andra Day, Janelle Monae, Notorious B.I.G., Prince and Aretha Franklin, among others.
“Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become anthems recognized across the world,” Harris told the Huffington Post. “Much of that soundtrack is inspired and informed by the vast contributions of African-American artists in jazz, R&B, rap, hip-hop, and beyond.”
“No matter where you are from or what you look like, music is a bond that can bring us all together,” she added. “To celebrate African-American music is to dance, sing and even march to the rhythms that have long served as vehicles for honesty, inspiration, struggle, success and joy.”
Harris is only the second African-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate and is the first African-American senator for California.
However, her playlist is not altogether political — rather it echoes the taste of another black politician: former President Barack Obama, and is heartfelt, diverse and ageless.
So put on your earphones and start listening to the list below: