IU Soul Revue hosts high school students visiting from Stax Music Academy in Memphis

  “Remember this place. This time, this place, this space could be the pivotal point for the rest of your life” Tyron Cooper, director of IU Soul Revue, delivered this introduction to 21 high school students from Stax Music Academy who visited Indiana University’s Bloomington campus Oct. 23 and 24. The Stax Music Academy serves […]

Discussion of Motown history planned before ‘Dreamgirls’ takes stage at IU

Charles Sykes didn’t view the 2006 film version of “Dreamgirls” as a regular popcorn-and-soda filmgoer, interested solely in seeing Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson on the big screen. Rather, he watched it through a lens that includes nearly two decades of research into Motown and the distinctive musical genre’s crossover appeal. An adjunct professor in the […]

A Gleek at heart? Raymond Wise wants you for the African American Choral Ensemble

Here’s a guest post about the African American Choral Ensembly courtesy of newsroom colleague George Vlahakis, who typically blogs at IU Inc.: One reason that the television show “Glee” has been so successful is because viewers can relate and reflect back on their experience in choirs in high school or singing in their churches. Once […]