Positive News: Take Me To The River And Berklee School Of Music Partner On Education Initiative

February 19, 2015  |  

Take Me To The River, an award-winning film starring Terrence Howard and executive produced by Snoop Dogg which celebrates the musical influence of Memphis, has partnered with the Berklee College of Music’s Berklee City Music program to launch the Take Me To The River Education Initiative.

According to a press release:

The Take Me to the River Education Initiative is an educational course with instructional materials created in partnership with Berklee College of Music’s Berklee City Music program, and is based off of Martin] Shore’s feature, award-winning documentary film. Slated for release in February 2015 in celebration of Black History Month and beyond, the Initiative brings standards-based instruction materials centered around the film and its music to educators nationwide free of charge.

On February 11, STAX Music Academy legend William Bell along with Grammy Award nominees Otis Clay and Bobby Rush, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy, Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone, and several other stars performed at Brooklyn Bowl in a grand celebration marking the launch of the initiative and the day after they took the show uptown to the world famous Apollo theater in Harlem.

Take Me to the River is a feature documentary “celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation” and brings together multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians as they record a historic new album together. The film features notable entertainers like “Empire’s” very own Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars, and many more. Check out the trailer for the documentary below and visit www.tmttr.com for more info.

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