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On Thursday, April 18, you're invited to join Stephanie Renée of Soul Sanctuary in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia for an exclusive FREE preview screening of BOLDEN, executive produced by luminary jazz artist, Wynton Marsalis. 

BOLDEN, an upcoming drama directed by Dan Pritzker, imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information and no found recordings of his music, the film’s narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived. The birth of jazz was the birth of American popular culture influencing everything that followed in its wake - from Louis Armstrong to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Fugees and Dr. Dre, Bolden is where it all began.

Starring Gary Carr as Bolden, and with original music written, arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis, BOLDEN invites you to experience the long lost world of New Orleans in the early 1900s - a world fueled by passion, greed and musical genius. The film co-stars Erik LaRay Harvey, Yaya DaCosta, Ian McShane and Michael Rooker. BOLDEN will be released theatrically in the US on May 3rd, 2019. BOLDEN has been rated R. 

Doors: 6 p.m. | Screening: 6:30 p.m. 
Free with RSVP!

Click here to reserve your space!

photographic memory - Keeps going strong!

From the very beginning of our organization, we have set out to be much more than just a performance venue or podcast. Soul Sanctuary's mission is to uplift positive aspects of urban culture, to maintain a connection between generations of the exemplars among us who have elevated our culture to its pinnacle, and to encourage everyone to get in on the action--to share their gifts and talents with the world and keep the ball rolling.

We’d like to thank the good folks at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and The ARCH at the University of Pennsylvania for providing venues to host abbreviated installations of PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY in February and March of this year. We continue to seek out venues where we can hang a physical exhibit or present a digital conversation/Q&A about the images. If you would like to bring the show to your school, college or university, send us a message via the CONTACT US page and we’ll respond promptly.

On Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8 pm, join Your VibeMistress Stephanie Renée for a special one-on-one conversation with the amazing photographer Devin Allen, as we celebrate the official Grand Opening of Slought’s new Social Justice installation. Read all about the evening’s outline here:

For those of you who missed the initial installation presented at The Slought Foundation, you can view the video below for a brief recap and images from the opening reception.

A quick look back at Soul Sanctuary's premiere for the PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY exhibit, highlighting the work of Maurice Sorrell, the first black White House photographer and long-time photographer for Johnson Publications. Now seeking bookings for Black History Month 2019 and beyond. Visit with requests.

We look forward to connecting with educational and cultural organizations to bring PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY, in whole or in part, on the road in the immediate future. Use links provided on the Contact Us page to submit your inquiries.

In the meantime, please scan below for more of the multimedia content created during the installation’s premiere run.