Friday 28 August is the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic I Have A Dream speech, which was made in Washington D.C on 28th August 1963 and was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The station has marked the day by celebrating the incredible contribution that black artists have made to the world of music and culture by playing 24 hours of some of the greatest music ever made by black artists from the 1950s to the present day.
And from the 28th and across the weekend, some of the world’s best loved musicians will be guest presenting Radio 2’s Decades shows, telling the story of black music from those eras. On tonight’s Sounds of the 90s, Toni Braxton will be playing songs from her favourite black artists from the 90s. It will be a nostalgia drenched celebration of the best music and pop culture of that decade.
Toni Braxton is a Grammy Award winning R&B artist and actor who began her professional career singing alongside her sisters. She emerged as a solo artist with a song on the soundtrack for the film Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy (1992). Her debut album delivered hit singles You Mean the World to Me and Breathe Again, and she followed those with mega-hits Un-Break My Heart, You’re Making Me High and He Wasn’t Man Enough on her second album, Secrets (1996). Toni made history when she became the first black actress to play Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast (1998), and later starred alongside her sisters on the reality show Braxton Family Values. Despite announcing her retirement in 2013, she resumed recording shortly afterwards and released Sex and Cigarettes in 2018 which produced hit single Long as I Live. She releases her 10th studio album, Spell My Name, in late August 2020.
Hear Sounds of the 90’s with Toni Braxton at 10pm on Friday 28 August or on demand via BBC Sounds.