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This 1996 Law Was Meant to Save Radio. Instead, It Decimated Popular Black Music

From VICE: The Telecommuncations Act ushered in a new era of radio consolidation, flattening Black music to fit under one ad-friendly umbrella.

“What we’ve noticed since the ‘90s is that this consolidation of commercial media ownership has allowed for an increasingly smaller number of people to impact what forms of Black cultural production become popular and then re-seminated back to Black audiences here and around the world,” said Jared Ball, a communication studies professor at Morgan State University.

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