Prince 60 - A Reelblack Birthday Celebration (6/8) at The Bank

Friday June 8, 7:30pm
Pay-What-You-Wish ($7.00 suggested)
The Bank • 3750 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia

Its hard to believe, but Prince Rogers Nelson would have turned 60 years old on June 7. On Friday June 8, Reelblack will host a replay of the 2 hour tribute we put together in honor of his transition in 2016. night of rare documentary and video performances of PRINCE ROGERS NELSON. We will screen a seldom seen British documentary showing highlights of his career, then round out the night with over an hour of his best performances Compiled by Reelblack founder Mike D, the clips will span his entire career, from his earliest TV appearances, rare bootlegs, interviews and classic scenes from his films. Come celebrate and sing along with us.

Bring The Beat Back / A Salute To Lady B 6/15 at AAMP

Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
$7 Advance | $10 Door | Free to Members
T?he African American Museum in Philadelphia , 701 Arch Street

In celebration of Black Music Month, Reelblack teams with the African American Museum in Philadelphia to premiere two film projects centered on Philly hip-hop, both featuring footage that has largely gone unseen, until now. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Philly rap pioneers like Lady B, MC Breeze, and Funk Wizard Snow alongside Bring The Beat Backfilmmakers Mike D. and Tito Irizarry.

A SALUTE TO LADY B. (2011/ 18 minutes/ dir. Mike D.) is a short documentary created for Lady B.’s 30th Anniversary in radio, but was never screened because of rain. In addition to hosting Street Beat, Philly’s longest-running hip hop radio show, she was the very first female MC to make a record. Featuring interviews with Russell Simmons, Jill Scott, “Fly Ty” Williams, E-Vette Money, World B. Free, Will Smith and more.

BRING THE BEAT BACK: A RECONSTRUCTION (2018/ 40 minutes. / dir. Mike D./ camera Tito Irizarry) While working as a video editor at KYW-TV in 2001, filmmaker Mike D. conceived the idea of making a film about the history of Old School Philly Rap. Working with cameraperson/ producer Tito Irizarry, research was done and a trailer was cut. A first chapter, PHILLY BOY: A MOVIE ABOUT MC BREEZE (AKA JOEY B. ELLIS) was completed, however money could not be raised to complete subsequent episodes. In 2018, Mike decided to go back through the original footage and create a reconstruction of the story. While by no means definitive, Bring The Beat Back tells the story of the birth of Hip Hop in the City of Brotherly Love, as told by some of its pioneers. Features exclusive interviews and performances with Lady B, MC Breeze, Schooly D, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Chuck Chillout, EST and Larry Larr, DJ Cash Money, E-Vette Money, Lawrence Goodman, Chuck D, Baby DST, and Funk Wizard Snow.

Reelblack In Conversation With Stephanie Renee 6/21

Photographic Memory
An exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), the first Black member of the White House Photographers Association

Slought and Penn School of Social Policy & Practice are pleased to announce Photographic Memory, an exhibition of archival imagery by Maurice Sorrell (1914-1998), the first Black member of the White House Photographers Association, on display at Slought from June 21, 2018 to July 21, 2018. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 6-9pm, with a conversation featuring curator Stephanie Renée and Daryl DeBrest and Mike D of Reelblack at 7pm. Reelblack is presenting a compilation of rare and unseen moving images from our vault as part of the exhibit.

In conjunction with the exhibition, curator Stephanie Renée will dialogue with featured guests about the importance of preserving history and archiving as a political and cultural project.
All programs held at Slought at 7pm unless noted otherwise.
Thursday, June 21
Daryl DeBrest and Mike D
of Reelblack
Thursday, July 5
J. Michael Harrison, host of
“The Bridge,” WRTI 90.1
Thursday, July 12, 2pm
Dr. Charles L. Blockson
1330 Polett Walk, Temple University
Thursday, July 19
Dr. Deborah Willis

4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513
(215) 701-4627
Tuesday to Friday, 12-5pm
Admission is free