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Gospel for Teens Harlem feature on 60 Minutes to re-air August 28

I received notice that the video feature of Gospel for Teens that aired on 60 Minutes awhile back will be airing again this coming Sunday, August 28 starting at 7 p.m.

If you missed seeing the two-part segment where Leslie Stahl interviews Vy Higginsen and some of her students in Gospel for Teens, there is another opportunity. Don’t miss it. It was very good, emotional and inspiring to see.

Gospel for Teens on 60 Minutes
August 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

To read prior blog coverage on Gospel for Teens, click here.

Vote for Gospel for Teens Harlem as the Best Choir in America


Yesterday, I told you about how Gospel for Teens based in Harlem is headed to the big screen. Today, its about winning the best choir in America competition. The Vy Higginsen program is competing in How Sweet the Sound:The Search for the Best Church Choir in America.

Gospel for Teens is representing Walker Memorial Baptist Church in the competition. It started August 17 and one can vote as many times as they want each day all the way up to August 31.

How can you vote for Gospel for Teens Harlem? Follow these steps:

1. Click on this link which will take you to How Sweet the Sound choir competition
2. Sign up
3. Then click on the Washington, DC Market (The competition is divided up into regions. This is where Gospel for Teens is located)
4. Then click the 4th square for Walker Memorial Baptist Church and watch Vy Higginsen explain who is Gospel for Teens
5. And finally click the button to “VOTE” under the video. That’s it!

I voted today. Join me and vote for Gospel for Teens Harlem as the best choir in America!

Gospel for Teens based in Harlem to be adapted for the big screen


Remember the movie The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith? Apparently the idea to turn that subject into a movie came from a TV segment on ABC’s 20/20. Universal Studio is taking that same approach with Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens, which is based and founded in Harlem.

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment are teaming up to develop a feature film based on the 60 Minutes segment on Gospel for Teens, which aired a few months ago. Stephen Belber will write the script. He has several writing credits and last directed Jennifer Aniston in Management. There is no word yet on who will star in this film. However, whoever it will  be will definitely have to have some singing chops. The subject is about singing with passion in a gospel choir. I think Ruben Studdard, the winner of American Idol should audition? How about one of the cast members from Glee? Or maybe one of the real life teenagers who actually sings in Gospel for Teens?

Overall, this is huge news for Higginsen, the young people who are in Gospel for Teens, and for Harlem as well. I’ll pay to see this movie! Can’t wait till it opens!

Apollo Theater celebrates Harlem Week with ‘Mama, I Want to Sing-The Next Generation’


A few days ago, I mentioned how Mama, I Want to Sing-The Next Generation performance schedule was extended to the end of the year. The musical is currently playing at the  at the Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 126th Street, in Harlem. Now I learn that the cast of Mama, I Want to Sing will be performing at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night the evening of August 10. This is all in celebration of Harlem Week 2011!

According to the Apollo Theater literature, “the original production of Mama, I Want To Sing was a 1983 Broadway musical created by Vy Higgensen and based on the life of her sister Doris Troy, a young gospel singer, who steps away from the church for the chance to perform at the legendary Amateur Night.”

If you want to see the cast of Mama, I Want to Sing at the Apollo Amateur Night, click here to order tickets. If you live in Harlem, the Apollo offers half price ticketing for select events. To take advantage of the special offer, Harlemites must purchase tickets at the box office on 125th Street.

‘Mama I Want to Sing’ will be singing longer in Harlem, musical gets extended


The lovely and amazing Vy Higginsen announced recently that Mama I Want to Sing:The Next Generation gets to sing a bit longer right here in Harlem. “The longest running off-Broadway black musical in theater history” is playing at the Dempsey Theater, located at 127 West 126th Street. Dates have been extended to the end of the year. Mama I Want to Sing is about a talented young gospel singer who embraces secular music despite the strong objections of her mother.

To order tickets, go to Smarttix.com

Gospel for Teens Choir in Harlem profiled on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour

Apr 27, 2011 @ 1:00

By HarlemGal

Gospel for Teens Choir in Harlem has been receiving a ton of press lately-and it is well deserved to say the least. About three weeks ago, Vy Higginsen and her students were on CBS’s 60 Minutes for a good majority of the program. This past Sunday, Gospel for Teens Choir in Harlem was profiled by Christiane Amanpour. If you missed it, take a look here!

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