Live Wire

Apollo Education presents Apollo Live Wire, a series of discussions focus on topics pertinent to the history of the Apollo Theater and the Theater’s role in shaping American entertainment.


How I Got Over - The Spirit of Gospel Music

This Friday, watch a rebroadcast of How I Got Over – The Spirt of Gospel Music, a conversation exploring the history and influence of Gospel music and the Black religious experience. Judith Casselberry, associate professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College and author of The Labor of Faith: Gender and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism, guides us through this journey that begins in the early 20th century and winds across the decades through the migration experience, regional influences, denominational traditions, and innovative performers to today’s contemporary Gospel music scene.

Panelists Include:
Charrise Barron, PhD - Interim Director, Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC), Visiting Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University
Mellonee Burnim - Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; Director, Archives of African American Music & Culture University of Indiana Bloomington; Co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction
Joyce Marie Jackson - Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in the Department of Geography & Anthropology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, New York University; Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

With musical reflections by:
Marcelle Davies-LashleyJhetti, and Samuel Guillaume

Apollo Live Wire is presented by the Apollo Education Department.

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She's a Rebel: A Tribute to the Girl Groups of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s

Closing out Women’s History Month, this Apollo Live Wire highlights the story and members of the original girl groups of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s in celebration of their contributions to American music.

Hear from Joshie Jo Armstead, former member of The Ikettes, Sarah Dash, former member of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, and Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, as they discuss their experiences as female artists in the music industry. Music journalist and essayist Christian John Wikane moderates.