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Curated by Julia Bullock and Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, the Rock My Soul festival celebrates the collaboration and community formed by Black woman-identifying artists.

Inspired by the friendship between composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, whose mutual support helped them break down barriers to have their music heard in the classical music world of the early 20th century, Rock My Soul celebrates historical and present-day collaborations between Black Women artists.

ARRAY partnered with the LA Philharmonic to curate the Rock My Soul Festival Humanities programs in November 2022. Combining music and storytelling to amplify the artistry of Black women, our series included, Movie Soundtrack Yoga, a participatory event led by R&B Yoga founder Lauren Spearman onstage at The Ford Theater; a musical experience by Grammy Award-winning musician and QUEEN SUGAR composer Meshell Ndegeocello at Walt Disney Concert Hall, followed by a conversation moderated by the legendary producer and songwriter Jimmy Jam; and a screening of classic gem CARMEN JONES (1954) preceded by a stunning live performance by mezzo-soprano opera singer J’Nai Bridges at REDCAT.

ARRAY’s trio of programs were produced as a platform for participants to rediscover and reflect on the abundant contributions made by Black women, past and present, across musical genres in relation to storytelling through the lens of television and film.

Event Recap

Past Programs

November 5, 2022 @ The Ford
Movie Soundtrack Yoga

Laying a foundation for creativity and collaboration through wellness, yogis at all levels joined an open-air class led by Lauren Spearman, founder of R&B Yoga. The morning’s playlist featured songs by Black women from film and television soundtracks.

November 16, 2022 @ Walt Disney Music Hall
An Evening with Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello, award-winning singer-songwriter, bassist and composer behind Ava DuVernay’s television series QUEEN SUGAR, set the mood with select music from the acclaimed show.

Followed by a post conversation with Meshell and band members Christopher Bruce, Abraham Rounds, and Jebin Bruni moderated by music producing legend Jimmy Jam.

November 22, 2022 @ REDCAT
Set to the music of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen with updated lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, CARMEN JONES began its life on stage and was famously translated to film in 1954 with an all-Black cast led by the iconic Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Audiences joined us for a rare screening of CARMEN JONES preceded by a live musical performance by GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, paying tribute to Dandridge’s towering performance.