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Habakkuk Music, Central City to Produce Stellar Awards 30th Anniversary Album

Columbia, MD – Habakkuk Music has announced a historic partnership with Central City Productions to release a special compilation album celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards. The highly anticipated album, Stellar Awards 30th Anniversary 1985-2015 (Habakkuk Music), releases March 31, 2015. The first Stellar Gospel Music Awards television broadcast took place at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago in 1985 and this year’s landmark program takes place at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The collector’s edition album will feature an array of chart topping tracks by fifteen of the most legendary names to ever stand on ...

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Mahalia Jackson Story to Hit the Silver Screen

From a press release: Bill Duke (left) brings his years of talent and experience to direct and executive produce The Mahalia Jackson Story, a music biopic chronicling the life of the woman who rose from poverty and obscurity to become the world’s greatest gospel singer and a music icon and legend. “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Duke, who has more than 60 features, TV shows, and TV movies to his credit. The Mahalia Jackson Story was written by Ruth L Ratny, based on Just Mahalia Baby, Jackson’s seminal ...

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JGM’s Bob Marovich Interviewed for Kennedy Center Podcast

JGM Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich was interviewed for this podcast on gospel music and the Civil Rights movement. Professor Robert Darden of Baylor University, Dwandalyn Reese of the Smithsonian Institution, and Professor Birgitta Johnson of the University of South Carolina School of Music are also interviewed for this podcast, part of the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge education program.  Richard Paul produced. Click on the image at left to hear or download a free copy of the audio podcast (episode 3).  

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American Prospect: Beyoncé Misses the Point of What Gospel Music Means to Black Americans

An interesting perspective on the Grammys’ Beyonce-“Precious Lord” controversy.  Read Kevin Cokley’s article in American Prospect by clicking below: Beyoncé Misses the Point of What Gospel Music Means to Black Americans. For my money, I would have preferred to hear Ledisi sing it, since she did the song in Selma.  Of course it’s all about the ratings, which is why TV personalities host music awards shows but you’ll rarely see a musician hosting a TV awards show. Interestingly, while Mahalia Jackson is inexorably connected to “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Thomas A. Dorsey (pictured, circa 1930s), once upon a time in Chicago, the birthplace of ...

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