ARTS

 

Life Imitates Art 

 

We become the images, thoughts and sounds that we regularly consume.  In fact, most learning occurs when we hear, see and practice different things. Most of us have heard of dominant learning styles including: auditory, visual and tactile.  Proverbs 4:23 says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."

Media and art are power tools in shaping the way others see us and the way we see ourselves.  We are committed to providing images and art that highlights the positive contributions of Black people, specifically as a counterbalance to the overwhelmingly negative and disempowering portrayals across secular and religious media.

Life Music  

 

We make life music. Our music is created to inspire, encourage and provide context to the life of a 21st Century Christian in a world that can be cold, uncertain and disconnected.  Our society is being challenged to reckon with issues like racial reconciliation, food and healthcare insecurity, and disparities in education.  As Christians, we must be part of the solution as our Bible speaks to the truth on these issues.  We seek to tackle these issues or at least provide an opportunity for conversation, through songs, stories and visual art.

Concert Performances

 

Our music blends rhythmic styles including: acoustic, soul and reggae to provide an uplifting and engaging concert ambiance that can be enjoyed by music lovers of all ages. We have performed at music festivals, conferences and conventions across the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Discipleship Tools and Resources

We have led praise and worship services across several Christian denominations in various cities and countries.  Our style blends traditional hymns with contemporary worship styles. We also curate and create multimedia tools and resources including lyrics videos, customized tributes, musical charts and other resources to assist churches and small groups.

About Calloused Hands - Short Film for Story Of My Life >>>

 

He is like every other fifth grader. He does his homework because he has to, and rides his bike because he loves to. Today is different.

 

After finding two pictures sent home from the battlefield by his grandfather almost 50 years ago, The Future - played by Omari Acie Banks - sets out to learn more about his family's history. The Future's passion inspires the family's Sage to do some exploring of his own.

 

A cinematic short film Directed by Jacob Roberson set to the original song "Story of My Life" by Olaide Banks. Shot on location in Houston, Texas at the Buffalo Soldier Museum.

 

"Calloused Hands" was an official selection and laureate at the Mid South Black Film Festival in Memphis, TN in February 2020.

Olaide Banks Band 2/28/21

House On Fire

Highlights:

 

The history behind the song's title is a quote attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King is reported to have said to Harry Belafonte, shortly before his own death, “I fear that may be assimilating my people into a burning house.”

The Story: Calloused Hands