At Least Trump’s Black Music Month Statement Got This Right

President Trump has officially declared June 2017 as African-American Music Appreciation Month.

On Wednesday, Trump continued the annual presidential tradition by issuing this year?s proclamation. In his announcement, President Trump credited the influences of black music pioneers for giving ?all Americans? a better understanding of American culture.

?During June, we pay tribute to the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to American music,? the statement reads. ?The indelible legacy of these musicians who have witnessed our Nation?s greatest achievements, as well as its greatest injustices give all Americans a richer, deeper understanding of American culture. Their creativity has shaped every genre of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip hop, and rap.? 

The month-long observance, honoring the vast musical contributions of black artists, was first declared in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. In 2000, President Clinton signed the African-American Music Bill, which formally established Black Music Month as a national observance.

In this year?s statement, Trump called out such greats like Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald as black musicians who have exemplified how music can bring people together.

?These musicians also remind us of our humanity and of our power to overcome,? the statement reads. ?They expressed the soul of blues, gospel, and rock and roll, which has so often captured the hardships of racism and injustices suffered by African Americans, as well as daily joys and celebrations.?

?Their work highlights the power music has to channel the human experience, and they remain a testament to the resilience of all freedom-loving people,? he continued. ?We are grateful for their contribution to the cannon of great American art.?  

Read more of President Trump?s Black Music Month Proclamation in its entirety here.

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Serena Williams’ Babymoon In Monaco Looked Pretty Perfect

Serena Williams is celebrating the upcoming arrival of her first child in style. 

The tennis great and her fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, babymooned in Monaco this past weekend. The two did a little sightseeing with friends and even watched the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. 

For the Grand Prix outing, Williams wore a beautiful, brightly colored zebra print dress: 

She even hung out with Thor himself, actor Chris Hemsworth: 

While boating with friends, Williams opted for an all-black look, from her dress to her hat: 

Chill Time

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Loved arriving in Monaco by @astonmartinlagonda AM37 powerboat! #AMArtOfLiving #AstonMartin #AM37 #MonacoGP

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During the trip, Williams and Ohanian stayed at the Chateau Eza hotel, according to Architectural Digest. The luxurious hotel was once the former residence to a Swedish prince, which makes it the perfect fit for tennis royalty like Williams. 

It looks like the two enjoyed their stay: 

Perfect weekend. @valvogt

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As did their friends! 


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