Watch Unsung: Mtume
James Mtume, and the group named after him, broke out in the 80s with the hit song “Juicy Fruit”. The group combined jazz, funk and R&B into Top 10 hits like “You, Me and He” and “Breathless”. But with the pressure to crossover, they struggled to stay on top and disbanded by the mid-80s.
“It’s unfortunate that so many Black people have to die for the world to understand a lot of the Black pain.” In 2020, the world witnessed the Black Lives Matter movement reach a new level of support after the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.