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Programs for Music and History Lovers
Spiritual Songs, a Musical Legacy of the History of the Negro Spiritual
Dr. Nay’s most requested program! Dr. Johnston-Bush presents a musical adventure that explores the Negro Spiritual as a historical American art form! Great for libraries, house concerts, schools, civic and community organizations, cultural programs, and historical societies, Dr. Johnston-Bush enraptures her audience with the stories behind the spirituals, little known facts and a dynamic voice that brings each song alive! Tracing the history of this powerful musical expression of faith, Dr. Johnston-Bush leads her participants from the 1600’s to the present illustrating the impact and influence of African American Spiritual Music in all musical genres today!
This Lady Sings The Blues
Come along on a historical musical adventure and discover the roots of music that eased the soul, expressed pain and caused the crowd to forget their troubles. Learn the true stories behind the lives of some of the greatest singers of all time. Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday and others come alive as Dr. Naima Johnston Bush shares and sings the history behind the early years of this original American musical art form, originally dominated and pioneered by women.
What I Didn’t Learn In School – An Intro To Unknown African American History
She Steps To The Mic
Echoes of My Sister’s Voices
Mamma Griot and Her Rocking Story Bag!
In this interactive, family friendly program, Dr. Naima Johnston Bush shares traditional folktales and songs that participants choose and sometimes create by selecting items from her Rocking Story Bag. Performing as a griot, a member of a class of traveling poets, historians, musicians and storytellers who maintain a tradition or oral history in parts of West Africa. Each item tucked away in Mamma's bag represents a story or song from countries around the world. This program is an engaging joyous celebration of music, the universal bonding that occurs through storytelling and the beauty of diversity.
There Are No Happy Endings – The Dark Side of Our Favorite Fairy Tales
Hold onto your hats! These are not your mother’s versions of the childhood tales from your youth. Murder, mayhem, abuse and mutilation are just the tip of the iceberg when we delve deeper into the stories made famous by the Brother’s Grimm. Join Dr. Naima Johnston Bush as she spins the original back stories of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Little Red Ridding Hood, Snow White and the awful fate of other fairy characters. Due to tense, adult situations, these are not stories you want your little ones to hear… unless you want to give them nightmares.
Hark! The Figgy Pudding! The History of Christmas Carols
This musical program is an interactive storytelling event that uncovers the histories behind the most beloved Christmas Carols and Songs. What is a "carol" anyway? Who is the true love in the 12 Days of Christmas? Why was the song Santa Claus Is Coming To Town based on a tragic event? What is a welkin and what does it have to do with angels harking? Discover the dirty little secret behind, Deck The Halls and so much more! Audiences will be treated to dynamic solos and several chances to sing along during this festive seasonal event.
Programs for Colleges and Organizations
This program covers the importance of leaving a legacy, connecting to community, and using your leadership skills to impact the lives around you as well as those who will come after you, both on campus and in the workplace. Participants will explore the creation of a mission statement for their lives, examine the lives of leaders who have left an impact on not only the nation but the world and leave with an understanding of what a legacy is, how to start crafting one during their colleges careers and make both professional and personal choices to develop this legacy.
5 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Freshman Year!
This is an interactive workshop or chapel service program is perfect for high school students about to leave for college in the fall. Covering the areas from to much time online to getting to many credit cards, Dr. Nay gives participants practical guidelines to make their first year of college a true success! This workshop comes with a companion booklet.
Confessions of a Big Girl, Reflections on Fat, Faith and Femininity
Based on Dr. Nay’s newest book release, this dramatic hour long presentation includes live music inspired by the book as well as a dramatic interpretation of the essays contained in the book. Confessions deals with issues such as, cultural definitions of beauty, faith, eating disorders, sexual assault and discovering the power of your own voice. A book signing and author meet and greet are also a part of this dynamic new program.
Survival Skills for Students of Color
This dynamic interactive program helps participants to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed by students or professionals of color to ensure their successful tenure while obtaining their education or launching their careers. Learning to navigate the system, overcome boundaries and creating an action plan that ensures success are all discussed.
Lessons From The Back Seat
This engaging and humorous event is excellent for college chapel services or as a stand alone program. Working in ministry with married couples, as a single young woman, Dr. Nay spent many hours sitting in the back seat of the car as married couples forgetting she was present interacted in the front seat. In this event students learn: The 4 Stages of Singleness, learning to be content while waiting on the Lord for your spouse, preparing your heart for that special someone and what young singles should be doing while they are waiting to meet their future life partner.
Keynotes Addresses, Retreats, Program Creation
With over 20 years of experience in education, leadership, training and development, research, diversity and the performing arts, Dr. Bush is a powerful speaker, impacting and encouraging all that hear her. She is available for keynote addresses, retreat creation and leading and workshop and program design for your institution, organization, conference or special event.
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