The choir scene in Sing Harlem Sing! Dempsey Theater, 2009. Photo credit: G. N. Miller.
ABC News reporter Christiane Amanpour interviewed Vy Higginsen to discover how she is saving the music with the Gospel for Teens program.— April 24, 2011
AOL’s "You’ve Got" segment profiled how the Mama Foundation for the Arts is teaching gospel music to youth in Harlem.— September 6, 2011
Jacque Reid and Vy Higginsen talk Harlem Musical 'Alive! 55+ and Kickin'. — July 14, 2015
Crain's New York Business
Chick Jackson, Charles Rangel, Cissy Houston, Vy Higginsen and Dionne Warwick at the Mama Foundation for the Arts first benefit for its Gospel For Teens music education program. The evening raised $100,000. — March 30, 2013
CBS 60 Minutes
60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl spent an entire year following Vy Higginsen and the Gospel for Teens program to produce this emotional profile of how it is transforming the lives of the members and “saving the music” by passing a cultural legacy to the younger generation.
— August 28, 2011
New York Daily News writer Joe Dziemianowicz interviewed Vy Higginsen to explore the success of Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation.
— March 9, 2012
New York Daily News writer Peter Bailey interviewed Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Mama, I Want To Sing. — February 6, 2013
New York Daily News writer Michael J. Feeney profiled the Gospel For Teens program for its fifth anniversary. — September 23, 2011
Fashion Institute of Technology
The Fashion Institute of Technology News covered Vy Higginsen's acceptance of the FIT Distinguished Alumni Award during a performance of Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation at the Dempsey Theater in Harlem. — March 7, 2012
Gospel Music News — Stellar Awards
The Gospel Music News interviewed Vy Higginsen as she received the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award at the 2012 Stellar Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.
— January 27, 2012
Vy Higginsen explained to The Huffington Post the inspiration behind Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation and the Gospel For Teens program. — February 2, 2012
The New York Times
A glowing review of Mama, I Want To Sing: The Next Generation by Eric Grode.— July 3, 2011
This is a profile of Vy Higginsen on the New York City television station NY1 for their NY1 One On 1 program hosted by Budd Mishkin. It tells of her personal journey growing up in Harlem, including producing on and off-Broadway, and how her late sister Doris Troy inspired Mama, I Want To Sing. It also features the story of how she connected with distant relatives on 60 Minutes. — December 5, 2011
This is a profile of the Mama Foundation for the Arts for the "Call On Faith" segment of the Odyssey Networks which is devoted to presenting inspirational stories of faith in action. It features a Gospel for Teens rehearsal, interviews with the teens, and how the program has made a positive impact on their lives. — November 23, 2011
The Mama, I Want to Sing Gala took place at The Dempsey Theater exactly 30 years to the day from when the original production opened in Harlem to great acclaim…— May 18, 2013
Rollins College News
The Rollins College News reviewed the Gospel for Teens performance at the college’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Be the Dream" celebration in Orlando, Florida. — January 24, 2012
Artist Thomas Thorspecken captured the Gospel for Teens performance at the Rollins College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Be the Dream" celebration in Orlando, Florida in this impressive sketch. — January 29, 2012
The Scamp and Vy Higginsen
"Tonight I watched a segment on 60 Minutes called Alive and Kickin’. While this may be considered a fluff for 60 Minutes, I immediately fell in love with the great Vy Higginsen and the work that she is doing." — January 5, 2015
Ted. com raved about the Gospel for Teens performance at the Ted2012 Full Spectrum Conference in Long Beach, California that attracted attendees from forty countries.
— February 29, 2012
Vogue Daily reviewed Gospel for Teens performing in the most spectacular show of the New York 2012 Fall Fashion Week, the Moncler Grenoble show on ice at Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park. — February 23, 2012
This is a segment on the New York City television station WABC-TV Here and Now program included are extensive clips of Mama, Want To Sing: The Next Generation and an in-studio interview conducted by Lori Stokes with the stars of the play: Vy Higginsen, Ahmaya Knoelle and Elijah Ahmad Lewis. — December 4, 2011
This is a segment on the New York City local television station WNBC-TV's Positively Black program featuring an in-studio interview conducted by Tracie Strahan with Vy Higginsen, Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, and Elijah Ahmad Lewis plus an in-studio performance by Gospel for Teens. — November 23, 2011
WNET MetroFocus Magazine
Vy Higginsen described one of her favorite places in New York City, Valerie’s Simpson’s Sugar Bar restaurant, to WNET’s MetroFocus Magazine. — January 25, 2012
Tyrone Flowers heads the choir scene in Sing Harlem Sing! Dempsey Theater, 2012. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg.
Vy Higginsen: Pioneer, Producer, Publisher, Philanthropist
All about Mama Foundation Executive Director Vy Higginsen.
Vy Higginsen Television
Concert movies, videos, music and interviews with Mama Foundation Executive Director Vy Higginsen.
Vy Higginsen's Profile on History Makers Website
An informal profile of Vy Higginsen.
Vy Higginsen's Profile on Internet Broadway Database
Awards and nominations for the production of the August Wilson play, Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
Vy Higginsen Collection in Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana State University
Vy Higginsen Collection (SC 28)
Recordings, complete script, book, photographs, poster, and promotional materials for the gospel musicals Mama, I Want to Sing; Mama, I Want to Sing II; and Born to Sing! Mama 3, written and produced by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro.
60 Minutes: Reconstructing The Family Tree
"Vy Higginsen is the founder and director of the Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem. She believes it's crucial for African-Americans to know and celebrate their heritage. But for most of her life, she knew virtually nothing about her own."
At a Harlem Reunion, a Rancher From Missouri Meets His 'DNA Cousins'
"A rollicking gospel choir was shaking the floor of a Harlem brownstone when Vy Higginsen told the crowd around the soul food buffet to hush. The new cousin had arrived."
This is My Song: A Collection of Gospel Music for the Family
This Amazon.com page on Vy Higginsen's book (with illustrations by Brenda Joysmith) features journal and reader reviews. This Is My Song is also available new in Mama's online store.
Mama, I Want to Sing
Amazon.com page on Vy Higginsen's (with Tonya Bolden) novelization of the play features journal and reader reviews. Mama, I Want to Sing is also available new in Mama's online store.