Black Musicians from Cincinnati Honored at City’s 2022 Walk Of Fame Induction Ceremony

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“Black Music is the soundtrack to our culture and our lives. Its impact is unmatchable.” That statement by celebrity pop culture personality Jawn Murray set the tone for the special, star-studded Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame Induction and Dedication Ceremony on July 23rd.

“Today, we are here to honor artists who are global but are from right here from Cincinnati,” said Murray, who co-hosted the event.

It was standing room only inside the Andrew Brady Music Center as the Hamilton County Commissioner and Founder of The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame, Alicia Reece, shared the stories and impact of the 2022 inductees, which included Pop artist Penny Ford, R&B Group, Midnight Star, Rapper and Hip-Hop Producer, Hi-Tek and Jazz guitarist, Wilbert Longmire. The 2022 class follows last year’s founding inductees Bootsy Collins, Charles Ford, The Isley Brothers, and Otis Williams.

“We get to celebrate our Black music, our artists, producers and not only entertain you but educate you on the impact of these artists with this state-of-art walk of fame,” Reece told ESSENCE.

The walk of fame project is a $20 million investment by Ohio’s Hamilton County and also requires additional funding from the private sector.

Ford, the first woman inducted into the city’s Black Music Hall of Fame, got emotional as she talked about what it was like to be honored for her many contributions to the music industry.

“I feel like I’m in a dream,” she said. “I’ve been to the top of the world, the bottom of the world and around it, and I can’t think of a better place that I would rather call home than Cincinnati… I’m so incredibly honored,” she said.

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SOURCE: ESSENCE, Melissa Noel

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