Black Opry, a country music collective, creates community

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Haley Lerner
August 10, 2023
GBH News
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In March 2021, Jada Watson, a musicologist at the University of Ottawa, published a study on racial disparities in country music . The study found that of 400 artists signed to the top three Nashville label groups over a two decade period, 2000-2020, only 1% were Black and 3.2% BIPOC.

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Members of Black Opry take the stage at the Newport Folk Festival, Sunday, Juy 30, 2023
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