WBEZ | gospel http://www.wbez.org/tags/gospel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Unity Temple http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-28/morning-shift-unity-temple-112098 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chrisjfry.jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 600px;" title="Flickr/chrisjfry" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207660121&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Board of Ed meeting</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea has the latest from Wednesday&rsquo;s monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting, including if we&rsquo;ll see more charter school expansion.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/beckyvevea">Becky Vevea</a> is WBEZ&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZeducation">education</a> reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207660115&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Former Puetro Rican Governor</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Illinois budget woes are dominating the headlines as state lawmakers battle it out to come up with ways to fill some of the holes. But, we&rsquo;re certainly not the only ones falling behind. On Tuesday, legislators in Puerto Rico passed a sales tax increase that the U.S. territory hopes will put a dent in the more than $70 billion debt. Puerto Rico&rsquo;s former governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá argues that drastic changes are needed to find a more viable future, and the U.S. needs to own its responsibility in how Puerto Rico can move forward - and how it got here. We talk with Acevedo Vilá about some of his ideas, which he will <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reporting-from-the-frontline-with-nbcs-richard-engel-and-the-new-yorkers-jon-lee-anderson-registration-16241803672">present</a> at the <a href="https://twitter.com/UChiPolitics">University of Chicago Institute of Politics</a> on Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/anibalacevedo">Aníbal Acevedo Vilá</a>&nbsp;is Puetro Rico&#39;s former Governor.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207660108&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Literacenter</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Chicago is working to become more of a tech hub than it&rsquo;s been in the past, trying to incentivize entrepreneurs to set up shop here and attract new talent. A group of local non-profits is now mirroring some of those methods to have a bigger impact. <a href="http://www.literacenter.org/">Literacenter</a> is a hub in Chicago&rsquo;s West Loop neighborhood that will combine various literacy agencies to share programming ideas and create a common place for learning. The Chicago Literary Alliance serves as the umbrella organization behind the project, and we talk with the Alliance&rsquo;s co-founder Stacy Ratner about why this is needed now. We also talk to Jessica Jones Lewis, Programs Manager at Open Books, about what literacy needs are the most pressing in the city.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/stacyjratner">Stacy Ratner</a> is the co-founder of the <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiLiteracyAlli">Chicago Literacy Alliance.</a></em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em>Jessica Jones Lewis is <a href="https://twitter.com/OpenBooks">Open Books</a>&#39; programs manager.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207660102&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Unity Temple</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This Saturday marks the last tour of <a href="http://unitytemple.org/">Unity Temple</a>, the famous church in Oak Park designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It&rsquo;s closing to the public until 2017 for a project $20M restoration. The congregation is holding its final service there this week and moving to a new church while construction is underway. Reverend Alan Taylor, the senior minister at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, joins us to talk about the move, and how a congregation reconciles the sometimes competing needs of a worship community, and a famous landmark.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/lovewithcourage">Rev. Alan Taylor</a> is <a href="https://twitter.com/utuuc">Unity Temple</a>&#39;s senior minister.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207660094&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Chicago and the history of Gospel music</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Thomas A. Dorsey is known as the Father of Black Gospel Music. While, it is believed that he invented the term &ldquo;gospel music,&rdquo; there were many other pioneers and from right here in Chicago. One of the first gospel recordings was by a blind Chicago female pianist and singer. The city&rsquo;s gospel music history is rich and traces its origins to the first Great Migration of African Americans to the north. Chicago gospel radio announcer and music historian Robert Marovich traces the history of the genre in his new book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/City-Called-Heaven-Chicago-American/dp/0252080696">A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel</a>.&quot; He shares some of those historical nuggets on Morning Shift.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/journalofgospel">Robert Marovich</a> is a Gospel music&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://journalofgospelmusic.com/">historian</a>, radio announcer, and author.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 08:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-28/morning-shift-unity-temple-112098 Revisiting Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing' return to gospel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-23/revisiting-aretha-franklins-amazing-return-gospel-94313 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/aretha-franklin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After years of commercial success on top of the soul charts, the preacher’s daughter returned to her religious roots.</p><p>In January of 1972, Aretha Franklin—known as the Queen of Soul—got back to gospel.</p><p>She put on a pair of concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. A recording was made of those two nights which resulted in her best-selling album of all time, <em>Amazing Grace</em>.</p><p>Author Aaron Cohen explores the seminal gospel album in his new book, <a href="http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=136552&amp;SearchType=Basic" target="_blank"><em>Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace (33 1/3)</em></a>.</p><p>He recently spoke with WBEZ’s Richard Steele, who began by asking Cohen why Aretha’s move to record a gospel album was such a big one.</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 14:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-23/revisiting-aretha-franklins-amazing-return-gospel-94313 Remembering gospel great DeLois Barrett Campbell http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/remembering-gospel-great-delois-barrett-campbell-90057 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/AP110802143815.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Powerhouse gospel singer DeLois Barrett Campbell could have gone solo years ago. Instead, she and her sisters performed as a trio for more than 60 years. The Barrett Sisters’ went global with their gospel but they remained deeply rooted in Chicago’s South Side. The girls grew up listening to the father of gospel-- Thomas A. Dorsey—during his time as music director at Chicago’s Pilgrim Baptist Church. The ladies paid it forward by inspiring a new generation of vibrant voices: Singer Jennifer Hudson visited Barrett Campbell the day before she died. DeLois Barrett Campbell died in Chicago Tuesday; she was 85. Funeral arrangements are pending.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/remembering-gospel-great-delois-barrett-campbell-90057 Richard Steele sits down with Mavis Staples http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/richard-steele-sits-down-mavis-staples <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//mavis_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Collaboration is nothing new for legendary gospel singer <a href="http://www.mavisstaples.com/" target="_blank">Mavis Staples</a>.</p><p>She started her music career with what some might consider the toughest co-workers--her relatives! That&rsquo;s back when she sang with The Staples Singers, a group led by her father, Pops Staples.</p><p>Since branching out on her own Mavis has paired up with almost everyone from Bob Dylan to Prince.</p><p>So another partnership isn&rsquo;t odd. But would you have pictured Staples connecting with <a href="http://www.wilcoworld.net/" target="_blank">Wilco&rsquo;s</a> Jeff Tweedy? Tweedy not only produced but wrote a couple of tracks for Staples&rsquo; latest effort <a href="http://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Alone-Mavis-Staples/dp/B003RDPYCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1292619295&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">You Are Not Alone</a>.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/richard-steele-sits-down-mavis-staples