Soulful Serenade

Introducing the premiere of a contemporary arts piece titled "Soulful Serenade (Melanin’s Anthem).” Presented by Melanin Mosaic Performance Ensemble, this captivating production merges the emotive and expressive qualities of soul music with the intimate and spiritual atmosphere of a serenade offered to our ancestors.

Drawing inspiration from the profound anthem "Lift Every Voice," the performance seamlessly blends soulful singing, instrumental performances, dance, and marching arts into a harmonious tapestry. Led by artistic director Jarid Polite, this work invites the audience on an emotional journey that resonates deep within the heart, connecting them to the spiritual essence of the music and the resounding message of cultural pride.

"Soulful Serenade” is a testament to the enduring power of music, transcending barriers, uplifting spirits, and honoring our collective heritage. Join us for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the richness of soul music and its ability to unite and inspire.

  • Jarid Polite
  • Rodney Thomas, Jr.
    Creative Director
  • Jarid Polite
    Key Cast
  • Nailah Renuka
    Key Cast
  • Markus Moses Jackman
    Key Cast
  • Braxton Wignall
    Director of Photography
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • John Rosamond Johnson
  • Jarid Polite
  • Braxton Wignall
  • Richard Reyes
    Still Photography
  • Willis Hickerson, Jr
  • Chris Kennedy
    Technical Crew
  • KR Moore
    Post-Sound Engineer
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    3 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 9, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jarid Polite

Jarid Polite, the founder and artistic director of Melanin Mosaic Performance Ensemble, is an accomplished artist with a passion for pushing boundaries and captivating audiences. With his extensive experience in dance, film, music, and thought-provoking entertainment, Jarid brings a unique blend of creativity and social consciousness to his work. His dedication to celebrating diversity, challenging societal norms, and fostering inclusivity sets the stage for groundbreaking productions that inspire and transform.

Drawing from his own experiences as a BlaQueer artist, Jarid infuses his performances with personal storytelling, impactful social commentary, and an unwavering commitment to artistic excellence. His vision for Melanin Mosaic Performance Ensemble is to create a space where diverse voices can thrive, where boundaries are shattered, and where art becomes a catalyst for change. With Jarid's leadership, the ensemble is poised to redefine the artistic landscape, providing a platform for underrepresented artists to shine and leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art.

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Director Statement

“As an artist, my goal is to create space for individuals of all ages, genders, and sexualities to freely express themselves. I strive to challenge societal norms and celebrate individuality, drawing from my own experiences as a BlaQueer person in their 40s.

My approach to artistic expression is fueled by a deep passion for creation and a desire to push boundaries and break down barriers. I find inspiration in a variety of sources, including film, dance, music, photography, and fashion. I believe that art is a powerful tool for personal growth and self-expression, and my work is informed by the diverse array of cultures and perspectives that coexist in urban environments around the world.

Growing up in New York City in the 90s, I faced many challenges as a Black, queer artist, including a lack of financial resources and limited opportunities. However, this dynamic environment instilled in me a fierce determination to persevere and push boundaries. My addiction to creation and unwavering passion for my craft have kept me moving forward.
Through my art, I aim to empower individuals who have felt the pressure to conform to societal norms. My work seeks to break down barriers and promote acceptance, celebrating the unique identities and experiences of each individual.

Whether it's a visual art piece, music, written word, or a performance, I am proud to have seen the positive impact that my work has had on the lives of others. I am committed to exploring new territory while holding onto the past, and I will continue to create art that challenges, inspires, and empowers individuals, regardless of their age, gender, or sexuality.”