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A Documentary Showing in Detroit Highlights Gospel’s Rebellious Legacy

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Image credit: A still from "Say Amen Somebody!" / George Nierenberg

Say Amen Somebody!” screens this weekend at the Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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The late Thomas A. Dorsey is considered the godfather of modern gospel music today, but his injection of rhythm and blues into the genre once got him kicked out of churches around the country.

Dorsey’s pioneering story is featured alongside peers like Willie Mae Ford Smith and Zella Jackson Price in the 1982 documentary “Say Amen Somebody!,” which is screening this weekend at the Detroit Film Theatre.

Say Amen Somebody!” director George Nierenberg will be in Detroit to introduce two screenings of the documentary on Saturday (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.).

Click the player above to hear CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper interview “Say Amen Somebody!” director George Nierenberg.


Ryan Patrick Hooper, Host, CultureShift

Ryan Patrick Hooper is a host of CultureShift and longtime arts, culture and music reporter.

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