Check Out the Division of Aviation’s Black History Month Philly Music, “PHLicks” and TV Show Playlist

Philadelphia has had a significant impact on the entertainment world. The city’s singers, songwriters and musicians have influenced the music industry and artists from around the world. The city has also been the setting for many acclaimed films and TV shows.  

Throughout Black History Month, members of the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation cultivated a playlist of some of the city’s influential Black musical performers and a must-see list of Philly “PHLicks” and TV shows set in Philadelphia, featuring hometown actors or having another connection to the city.  

Before taking off on your next trip, download some of the airport staff’s picks and enjoy your flight.  


  • Marian Anderson- Ave Maria; Nobody Knows the Trouble I See 
  • The Angelic Gospel Singers- Touch Me Lord Jesus  
  • Aquildawud- Summer Day  
  • Bahamadia- Uknowhowwedo  
  • Bilal- Home  
  • Boyz II Men- Motownphilly; End of the Road; On Bended Knee; Water Runs Dry  
  • Cassidy - I'm a Hustla  
  • Chubby Checker- The Twist  
  • John Coltrane – Violets for Your Furs  
  • Da' T.R.U.T.H.- The Whole Truth (featuring Mia Fieldes)   
  • The Davis Sisters- By and By 
  • Christa Deana- If God Doesn’t Want It  
  • The Delfonics- Didn't I  
  • Eve- Let Me Blow Ya Mind (featuring Gwen Steffani); Tambourine; Philly, Philly (featuring Beanie Sigel)  
  • Fat Larry’s Band- Zoom  
  • Tameka Ferebee- I Am With You 
  • Tony Field and New Testament Ensemble- Believe I’ll Testify  
  • Bishop Andrew Ford and the Anointed- We Serve a Mighty God 
  • Freeway- What We Do (featuring Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z) 
  • Billie Holiday- God Bless the Child  
  • Black Thought- Twofifteen 
  • The Jacksons- Show You the Way to Go; Enjoy Yourself (Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, McFadden & Whitehead, producers) 
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince- Feel it in the Air: Summertime; Parents Don’t Just Understand; Pump It Up  
  • Joy Unlimited Youth Mass Choir- We’ve Come to Worship  
  • Evelyn Champagne King- Shame  
  • Kindred the Family Soul- The Best Things; Far Away  
  • Patti LaBelle- Walk Around Heaven; You Are My Friend (gospel version); New Attitude, My Love, Sweet Love; If Only You Knew 
  • Lady B- To the Beat Y’all 
  • John Legend (studied at Penn)- Ordinary People; All of Me 
  • Shai Linne- Be Glorified (Psalm 55) (featuring Chris Lee Cobbins)  
  • Major Figgas - Yeah That's Us; “P.H.I.L.L.Y.” (featuring Beanie Sigel)   
  • McFadden & Whitehead- Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now  
  • Meek Mill- Dreams and Nightmares; Young Kings  
  • Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes- If You Don’t Know Me by Now; The Love I Lost; Wake Up Everybody 
  • MFSB- TSOP (Soul Train Theme)  
  • Steve Middleton and Unity and Praise- Brighter Day; Higher  
  • Chill Moody (pictured above performing at PHL)- Jawn on My Left ; Changes 
  • Musiq Soulchild- Just Friends; Love; So Beautiful; teachme; Halfcrazy 
  • The O’Jays- Love Train  
  • Billy Paul- Me and Mrs. Jones; Am I Black Enough for You?  
  • Teddy Pendergrass- Love TKO; Close the Door; When Somebody Loves You Back; You’re My Latest, My Greatest  
  • Philadelphia International All- Stars- Let’s Clean Up the Ghetto 
  • PNB Rock- Selfish 
  • Public Enemy- Fight the Power 2020 (featuring The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove and Nas) 
  • The Roots- The Seed (featuring Cody ChesnuTT); You Got Me (featuring Eve); The Fire (featuring John Legend); Break You Off (featuring Musiq Soulchild); What They Do; Next Movement (featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jazzyfatnastees) 
  • Santigold- The Keepers 
  • Schoolly D – P.S.K. What Does It Mean  
  • Jill Scott- Golden; So in Love; A Long Walk; Hate on Me  
  • Beanie Sigel – It’s On (featuring Jay-Z); Feel It in the Air  
  • Sister Sledge- Thinking of You  
  • The Stylistics- I'm Stone in Love with You  
  • Tammi Terrell- Ain't No Mountain High Enough 
  • C. A. Tindley (Composer)- Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There; Overcome Some Day 
  • TLC (Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was born in Philadelphia) - Waterfalls; Creep; Unpretty   
  • The Tymes- So Much in Love  
  • The Clara Ward Singers- The Old Landmark 
  • Zak Williams and 1Akord- Mighty God; Jehovah Jiren  
  • Young Gunz - Can't Stop, Won't Stop; No Better Love 


  • Creed  
  • Creed II 
  • Philadelphia  
  • Trading Places 
  • Rocky III  
  • Unbreakable 
  • Glass 
  • Beloved 
  • Law Abiding Citizen  
  • Concrete Cowboys  
  • The Upside 
  • Pride  
  • Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)  
  • Let the Fire Burn 
  • Miracle on 81st Street 
  • Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II 

TV Shows: 

  • How To Get Away with Murder  
  • True Story  
  • Amen 
  • Bel-Air 
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air   
  • This is Us 
  • Abbott Elementary  

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Christine Ottow
Director of Strategic Communications
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Heather Redfern
Public Affairs Manager
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