NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – As part of African American History Month, the Tennessee State University Department of Music, under its Commercial Music Program, presents “Musicians on Film,” a historical examination of African-American performers.
Now in its third year, the month-long presentation will feature films that highlight the contributions of black performers and musicians to the movie industry, according to Dr. Mark Crawford, Coordinator of Commercial Music.
“We see this as a way to share these expositions with our students about the contribution of these great artists,” said Dr. Crawford, who holds a large collection of black film memorabilia.
A film will be featured every Thursday night beginning Feb.7 with “Wattstax,” the 1972 blockbuster featuring Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and Richard Pryor.
Other films to follow will include “Legends of Rock N Roll,” with James Brown and Little Richard – Feb. 14; “Run DMC Live,” starring Run, Darryl and Jam Master Jay – Feb. 21; and “Solomon Burke Live,” featuring the King of Rock and Soul – Feb. 28.
All film showings will begin at 7 p.m., in the Recital Hall, Room 174 of the Performing Arts Center, and are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Dr. Mark Crawford at 615-963-5210.
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