African-American life in photo show at BMAIt might be a...

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December 19, 1993|By John Dorsey

African-American life in photo show at BMA

It might be a boy getting a haircut. Or a guy with pigeons on a rooftop. Or a grandmotherly type trying out a Hula-Hoop. Ordinary-enough fragments of everyday life, but that's the point behind "Songs of My People." Originating at Washington's Corcoran Gallery and now stopping at the Baltimore Museum of Art on a nationwide tour, the show is the result of a project in which 53 photojournalists traveled the country in 1990 to record African-American life. Its purpose, according to the BMA, was "to counter the often negative and stereotypical images of African-American life seen in the news media." The exhibit runs through April 3 at the BMA, on Art Museum Drive near Charles and 31st streets. Call (410) 396-7100.

"Hallelujah," a made-for-television movie starring Dennis Haysbert, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67).

Directed by Charles Lane from an original teleplay by Michael Genet, the urban drama revolves around a black church in

Washington whose controversial new minister (Haysbert) is given three days -- until Christmas -- to perform a miracle. He gets his chance when a young unwed mother-to-be arrives in town looking for a place to stay. "Now from a strictly religious historical standpoint," the minister asks, "would you turn her away?"

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J. Wynn Rousuck The Boys Choir of Harlem is now so famous internationally -- its only rival in popular esteem is the Vienna Boys Choir -- that it's hard to believe the choir is only 25 years old. This ensemble of terrific young singers and Walter J. Turnbull, its founder and music director, are now touring the nation. They will appear tomorrow evening at 7:30 at the Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. Tickets are $22.50 and $29.50 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Hecht's stores, or by calling (410) 481-SEAT.

Stephen Wigler

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