Souleo: Black Ink and the politics of tattoos, race, and gender

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By Souleo

It took Dutchess Lattimore nearly twenty years before discovering that she possessed the skills to become a tattoo artist. The star of VH1’s hit reality series, “Black Ink Crew,” thought she would get an “easy A” in college by registering for a drawing class. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Big Freedia’s reality TV series doubles as therapy and LGBT advocacy platform

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Some people pursue therapy in a private and traditional sense: a licensed professional, a couch, and paying for as many hours as they wish to discuss their life. Big Freedia isn’t one of those people. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Unsung Hollywood Challenges Diversity Issues

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Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame takes longevity, success, the right connections, and for some, your own episode on TV One’s popular docu-series, Unsung Hollywood. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Chanté Moore and Stacy Francis dish on “R&B Divas LA”

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Last week Lil’ Mo and Michel’le previewed season three of TV One’s hit series, “R&B Divas: LA.” Now Chanté Moore and Stacy Francis weigh-in with their perspective on what to expect. Let’s just say there will certainly be some belting in the air and shade on the grass. Continue Reading →

Souleo: 3 Crowdfunding Projects For Your Consideration

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By Souleo

From Spike Lee (“Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”) to Don Cheadle (the forthcoming Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead”), raising funds via crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo has surged in popularity. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Rev. Jesse Jackson Takes On Silicon Valley

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For anyone who thinks it is poor timing to host an economic summit focused largely on increasing diversity in Silicon Valley during a climate of protests against police brutality, here is a rebuttal: the two are connected, according to Rev. Jesse Jackson. Continue Reading →

Souleo: AARP survey reveals concerns of African-Americans 50+

AARP Infographic_page 2Lack of affordable housing. The challenges of family caregiving. Age discrimination in the workplace. These are just some of the major concerns of African-American voters age 50 and older in New York City as revealed by an AARP commissioned survey in 2013. Continue Reading →