It's Black Music History Month, and HuffPost Entertainment is celebrating with a revamped installment of "Spotify the News."
In this special edition, we've rounded up 10 songs (and about as many runners-up) from trailblazing or otherwise notable black musicians that speak with special authority to the biggest news stories from the past week.
What can Cypress Hill teach us about President Obama's "kill list"? What does Gnarls Barkley have to say about Donald Trump's freaky fixation on Obama's birth certificate? And how in the world are we going to link Nina Simone to Mayor Bloomberg's ban on Big Gulp soft drinks, or James Brown to the face-eating naked guy from Florida? Hover over -- and click through -- the gallery below on to find out (while listening to some great tunes)!