By: Emily Browning-Smith, APBlack entertainment television has been the subject of controversy for years, and now that the 2016 election is over, there’s a new, more diverse crop of stars who have a place to call home.
Here are three black performers who will be making their mark on the black entertainment landscape in 2017.
Dwight James is one of the most famous black performers in music history.
He’s the creator of the iconic “Love Shack,” a smash hit with a catchy chorus that was written by his friend, saxophonist Willie Nelson.
The song went on to become a smash record and is currently in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
He became an overnight star in 2016 with his hit single “The Way I Am,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
James has been in the spotlight for years now, but in 2017, he’s taking a different path to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
He will perform at the 2016 BET Awards on Feb. 6, and he’ll perform at events like the BET Music Awards in April.
James, a member of the hip-hop group The Game, recently launched his own hip-hip-hip rap group, The Game’s Black Entertainment Group, which will play a key role in supporting the Black Entertainment Arts Festival.
The group, which has performed at the BET Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, will perform songs that have been nominated for Grammys.
The goal of the group is to bring black music to the mainstream.