‘Homeless Not Voiceless’: Dallas Street Choir To Perform Concert At Carnegie Hall In New York | KERA News

‘Homeless Not Voiceless’: Dallas Street Choir To Perform Concert At Carnegie Hall In New York

Jun 14, 2017

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas Street Choir plays Carnegie Hall tonight; how Baylor’s new president plans to move forward; Yoga N Da Hood hopes to go on the road; and more.

As the saying for the Dallas Street Choir goes, its members are “homeless not voiceless,” and tonight, their voices will carry through Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Dallas Street Choir and Credo Community Choir, both founded by Jonathan Palant, are performing a concert of “hope and inspiration” in the famed music hall. They'll do it again Thursday night at Washington National Cathedral.


The street choir began as a group of homeless individuals at The Stewpot in Dallas. Palant directed the residents in concert a few times a year, according to KXAS-TV. Since the choir became official in October 2014, it has gone on to perform in premier music venues across Dallas.


According to the choir’s website, 68 percent of members stay in shelters and nearly a quarter live on the streets. About 80 to 100 individuals attend rehearsal every Wednesday morning, according to KXAS-TV.


The choir has been fundraising for over a year to travel to New York and D.C. For many of the members, it will be their first time on a plane and out of Texas. Hosting a choir made up of people experiencing homelessness will be a first for Carnegie Hall, too. [KXAS-TV, KERA News]


  • Baylor’s first ever female president remains optimistic as she plans to move the school past scandal. Linda Livingstone, a former professor and dean at Baylor, returned to campus for her first full week in her new role last Monday. The university remains under investigation of how it handled numerous sexual assault allegations, primarily associated with the football team. Livingstone tells the Texas Tribune repercussions of the scandal will “consume a reasonable amount of my time” and that the most important change will take the most time: the culture. [The Texas Tribune]


  • This month marks the second coming of Dallas’ longtime alternative rock radio station. The Edge, which left the local airwaves in November after more than 27 years, will be resurrected on June 30 (the same date of its radio debut in 1989) as an online-only station called Fuzz Box. "I consider The Edge brand so damaged I don't want anything to do with it," founder George Gimarc said. Fuzz Box will launch as an app through Vokal, “the same Dallas-based company through which Gimarc resurrected classic-rock spinning The Zoo earlier this year,” GuideLive reports. [GuideLive]


  • If you’re a Spurs fan, you probably already have an opinion on the team’s new secondary logo. San Antonio Spurs, LLC filed multiple trademark applications on June 7 for a new logo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office records, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The applications haven’t been approved yet, but the simple, black and white design was revealed Monday. The Express-News says the new logo will be used on team merchandise. Earlier this month, new snapback hats were released with a single spur as the “U” in the team name. [San Antonio Express-News]

  • “It’s kind of like Starbucks these days — there’s a yoga studio everywhere, But definitely in South Dallas [it’s] more rare to find that.” Ebony Smith founded Yoga N Da Hood in 2014 to provide affordable yoga classes in Dallas neighborhoods where access to the mentally and physically beneficial practice was limited, according to The Dallas Morning News. Making yoga accessible to women and men of color motivated Smith as well. She has plans to expand Yoga N Da Hood by converting a used school bus into a mobile yoga studio to teach children across North Texas. [The Dallas Morning News]

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