It's not every day you come upon a Hasidic Jewish musician singing reggae about his religious devotion. But, in a nutshell, that describes Matisyahu. In 2006, he broke through with a top 10 hit and an album that sold more than half a million copies. In his early days, Matisyahu was Matthew Miller and he dropped out of high school to follow the band Phish. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall about the lessons learned during that time, as well as his religion and his music...
Matisyahu performs at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Sunday, August 28th.
Many movies had earlier lives in other forms. For instance, this summer's super hero flick like Captain America originally came to life in comic books Walt Disney adapted from traditional fairy tales. But one Birmingham filmmaker is developing a project based on something much shorter -- tweets - those 140 character-long messages on the social networking service Twitter. As WBHM's Andrew Yeager reports, this filmmaker hopes it's the start of something much larger.
Are you looking to experience a foreign culture, go to a concert, and see an independent movie all before the summer is over? You don't have to travel far to check all of these off your list. WBHM intern Clare Gamlin has some suggestions in this month's Three to See.
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Lanny Chappelear may not be a household name. But if you've lived in Birmimgham for any amount of time, chances are you've seen his work. He's done murals at the Mountain Brook Country Club and restored 13,000 feet of ceiling at the old Birmingham Library.
In recent years, he's spent a lot of time in courthouses as the courtroom artist for several major trials. WBHM's Tanya Ott first met Chappelear during the trial of former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford. She recently sat down with the 72 year old artist to learn more about his life and work.
StoryCorps is an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. Each month on Tapestry we'll bring you stories from Alabamians.
Here, Dr. Bob Corley talks about about growing up in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement. He remembers being excited to join The Warblers, an all-male chorus at Woodlawn High School who were known for putting on a minstrel show every year. Only later did he realize that the show was offensive. Yet Corley used this experience to help him better understand the black community.
Dr. Bob Corley recorded from a StoryCorps booth in Birmingham. Corley went on to have a long list of public service to the Birmingham community, including serving on the task force that created and designed the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
This interview was recorded by Story Corps, a national initiative to record and collect stories of everyday people. Excerpts were produced and edited by WBHM's Michael Krall.
Tapestry is produced by Bradley George and Michael Krall. This month, we had help from Clare Gamlin, Tanya Ott, and Andrew Yeager. We always welcome your feedback. You can also reach us on Facebook and Twitter. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for listening. We'll see you next month.
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