The Root Recommends: ‘Rejoice and Shout’

This new documentary celebrates the illustrious history of gospel music.

Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures

Featuring interviews from some of gospel music’s giants, Don McGlynn’s Rejoice & Shout chronicles the journey of gospel from the church to pop radio and back again. The documentary film explores the historical significance of gospel music and the intimate and deep-rooted relationship between the genre and African-American culture.

Rejoice & Shout also features rare footage of performances from gospel’s most notable singers, including Mahalia Jackson, the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Staple Singers.

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