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Vocalists Jillian Taylor and Hannah Taylor and guitarist Todd Fausnacht of Cosmic Guilt perform at True Hand Society in Philadelphia, Pa. Paige Walter/Cherry-Veen Zine hide caption

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe — the inspiration behind singer-songwriter Erin Dillard's Black Music City project — poses for a portrait holding a guitar in circa 1940 New York City. Michael Ochs /Getty Images hide caption

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25-year-old hip-hop artist Shelem released his latest single "Suga Wata" on July 20. Lilly Dyer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Steph Simon (pictured) and fellow rapper Dialtone were among the first artists contacted by Fire In Little Africa executive producer Stevie Johnson when he arrived in Tulsa in 2019. Ryan Cash/Fivvish/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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They sought talent that fit the mindset of Black Wall Street — musicians who could set aside ego to commemorate their ancestors. Ryan Cash/Fivvish/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Briana Wright says she turns to music to express what it means to be fully herself, in a city that has not yet reconciled with its past. Fear the Locals/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In the past year, Joy Oladokun has been tapped for visibility-boosting initiatives, performed on late-night shows and had her songs placed on primetime TV. Noah Tidmore/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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