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Title: Soul on Film Benefit for Women's Health Clinic
START DATE: 6/19/2008
Duration: 2 Hours
Location: Central City
Location Details:
Big Top/3 Ring Circus, Clio St. between St. Charles & Carondelet
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Event Type: Film/Video
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An Evening of Soul on Film to benefit the New Orleans Women's Health Clinic

On Thursday, June 19 (Juneteenth), New Orleans' DJ Soul Sister hosts a special edition of The Big Top/3 Ring Circus' PEEP SHOW film series. “An Evening of Soul on Film” features Wattstax (1973) and Soul to Soul (1971), 2 acclaimed soul music concert documentaries.

Doors open at 7, with refreshments and music by DJ Brice Nice of WWOZ.

Films begin at 8. Soul to Soul will be screened first and then Wattstax

Admission is only $7 ($5 for 3 Ring Circus/Big Top members)
Proceeds will be donated to the New Orleans Women's Clinic.

DJ Soul Sister chose to host this benefit screening of 2 of her favorite films on June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth, which is recognized as a holiday in Louisiana and nearly 30 additional U.S. states. Juneteenth is a celebration in honor of the day the last slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, June 19, 1865.


WATTSTAX (1973) (103 minutes)
The cult favorite Wattstax, also known as “Black Woodstock,” is Mel Stuart's documentary of the epochal 1972 concert hosted by Stax Records at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which drew over 100,000 people. Featuring incendiary performances by Isaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, the Emotions, the Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel— plus biting humor from a then little-known Richard Pryor — Wattstax is more than a concert film. It also captures a heady moment in mid-1970s, "black-is-beautiful" African-American culture, when Los Angeles' black community came together just seven years after the Watts riots to celebrate its survival and a renewed hope in its future. Nominated for a 1974 Golden Globe for Best Documentary. Despite widespread critical acclaim and Pryor's calling it “a soulful expression of the living word,” Wattstax was considered “too racy, political, and black” to receive wide theatrical release or a television broadcast until very recently.

"Please note: Not All Subject Matter and Language is Suitable for all Ages"

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SOUL TO SOUL (1971) (95 minutes)
On March 6, 1971, some of the greatest artists in popular music history traveled from the United States to Ghana, West Africa, to take part in a 14-hour musical celebration, Soul To Soul. Over 100,000 enthusiastic locals gathered for this unique cultural exchange between two continents. This award-winning film combines classic concert performances with scenes documenting the artists getting in touch with their roots as they return to the cultural motherland. With Wilson Pickett (who was most well-known to the Ghanians, and referred to as "Soul Brother #2" (to James Brown's "Soul Brother #1"), Santana with Willie Bobo, Ike & Tina Turner, Les McCann and Eddie Harris, The Staple Singers, the Voices of East Harlem, and several Ghanian performers. Despite the fact that the film is considered by many to be one of the greatest music films of all time, the film played in limited release around the world from 1971-73, but was not a financial success and did not cover the costs of putting on the show.

The NOWHC's mission is to provide marginalized and underserved women with the means to control and care for their own bodies, sexuality, and reproduction through a holistic, community-centered well women approach to health care which integrates sexual health and reproductive justice.
The NOWHC opened in May of 2007 and provides a range of gynecological care and preliminary obstetrical visits including pregnancy testing and counseling; pap smears; pelvic exams; diagnosis and treatment of irregular menstruation, vaginal, urinary tract, and sexually transmitted infections; comprehensive sex education and access to safe and effective contraceptives; and prenatal care and education. It has also established a Women’s Healthcare Fund, designed to ensure that uninsured women who cannot afford the cost of care or medications can receive care at NOWHC. NOWHC plans to begin providing midwifery care, expand services to gender variant people, conduct educational workshops at the Clinic space and in community settings throughout the city, and engage in base building activities to build support and awareness of the Clinic locally and nationally. The clinic primarily relies on donations in order to provide sliding scale medical services to local women.
Contact New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic at 1406 Esplanade Ave., 504.524.8255 or

DJ Soul Sister is the queen of the underground djs in New Orleans, as host of her decade-long "Soul Power" show on WWOZ FM and well-respected "right on party situations" in her hometown. Recently voted "Best DJ in New Orleans" and highlighted in national magazines like URB, Spin and Wax Poetics, Soul Sister has thrown down her seamlessly blended funk/soul/rare groove/discotheque/jazz fusion/true school hip hop sets in New York, Los Angeles and London, and has opened for everyone from George Clinton and Chuck Brown to The Roots and Galactic. In addition to her party promotions and creative dj sets, she is also a tastemaker and recognized authority on funk, soul, disco, hip hop & rare groove music and musicians, and her opinions are welcomed in articles, reviews and broadcast media programs about music and DJ culture. Some of her "opinion leader" highlights include interviewing the Ohio Players live on the Music Heritage Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2006, being a panelist at the CMJ 2007 Music Conference in New York in October 2007, representing New Orleans on a panel called "Katrina: Still Surviving;" and being included on an upcoming VH1 series of “Soul Cities.”

An Evening of Soul on Film is “a right on situation” hosted by DJ Soul Sister, as a benefit for the New Orleans Women's Health Clinic and as part of 3 Ring Circus/The Big Top's Peep Show film series.

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