Friday, July 24, 2015
Teen Singers Find Their Voice in 'Black Lives Matter' Movement
Oakland School for the Arts’ singing group Vocal Rush has been a powerhouse on the national a cappella circuit since its founding four years ago. The high school ensemble, which started out as an after-school club, quickly grew into a serious ensemble, winning three International Championships of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), including the title this spring.
Vocal Rush has a decidedly Oakland sound and style, incorporating beat-boxing, vocal percussion, stepping, and other dance routines into their energetic repertoire of pop and jazz songs. But the 11 high school students of the 2014-2015 group wanted to make a special point in this year’s ICHSA competition in New York. So they dedicated their effort to Black Lives Matter, a national movement founded in 2013 to challenge police killings and other disparities African Americans face. Read More @ Teen singers find their voice in 'Black Lives Matter' movement