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Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Johnson’

KPCC Visits the Site of Aretha’s Finest Gospel Hour

We can’t think of a better way to ease into Christmas weekend than to listen to KPCC 89.3 reporter Christopher Johnson‘s 40th-anniversary look at the LA recording of Aretha Franklin‘s live double album Amazing Grace.

The sessions took place over a two-day period in 1972 at South Central’s Temple Missionary Baptist Church. Franklin laid down classic gospel tracks alongside the legendary Reverend James Cleveland and the church’s Southern California Community Choir. Tantalizingly, there is one element of the timeless concert that is still waiting in the wings:

Ten years before he shot Tootsie, Sydney Pollack had a crew document the whole thing at New Temple. No movie has been officially released, but there is a trailer. In it, you can see Aretha ease down the aisle, through the standing ovation. Elegant. For sure, a queen – not just of soul, but of this moment, too. Her kaftan like light green sea spray. Sequined.

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Top-Flight Journos Land USC Annenberg Religion Reporting Grants

The list of reporters awarded USC Annenberg 2011 Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life is extremely impressive. And the topics aren’t too shabby either.

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, a senior correspondent for the now online-only Christian Science Monitor, will look at the soon-to-be-cut federal program Mentoring Children of Prisoners. More than 100,000 children with incarcerated parents rely on mentors provided through this initiative connected to faith-based groups. Funding is set to be cut next month.

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