Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features musician extraordinaire Wynton Marsalis along with Derek Johnson, Time Warner's Executive Producer of Programming for the Time Warner Center (far left), Rev Calvin O. Butts III, and actor-activist-scholar Avery Brooks (far right) at the 200th Bicentennial celebration of the Abyssinian Baptist Church last week.

Rev. Butts is also President of SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Marsalis wrote the first mass for the church as a celebratory composition entitled “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration.” The piece also features the 100-voice Abyssinian Baptist Choir and was performed at both Lincoln Center and the church.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church is the oldest African American Baptist church in New York and it is considered the first Black mega church in the United States.

Don't these gentlemen look dashing?! Many thanks to Spencer for sharing this nice photo.

Have a super Friday everyone!