Rapper Lil Phat
2012: Up & coming Rapper Lil Phat (Melvin Vernell III) died after being fatally shot in a car parked in a parking deck next to a suburban Atlanta hospital. He was only 19 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)
Black Music Month originated in 1979. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the month of June as Black Music Month to celebrate the wonderful music, the achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.