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Eli Paperboy Reed in NY Times feature on Gospel For Teens

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Gospel For Teens, a Harlem-based gospel class taught by Eli Paperboy Reed, was featured in an extensive profile in The New York Times.

There was a moment in Eli Paperboy Reed’s gospel quartet class recently, at the end of Blind Willie Johnson’s plaintive “Let Your Light Shine on Me,” when Asher Bethune, a reserved 19-year-old, hit a note so low, so unexpectedly, that the other students jumped and shouted. No one had heard Mr. Bethune sing like that before.

Luke Waldron, 17, declared the presence of the supernatural.

“He’s in this room!” he shouted.

Mr. Reed, the teacher, beamed and shook his head. Quartet singing will do that to a person, he knew. It had done things to him.

Read the full story on The New York Times.

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