Souleo: The Sports World Could Learn From Derek Fordjour’s Artworks

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By Souleo

The world of professional sports has come under national scrutiny for its recent controversies involving Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident, Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case and the NFL’s failure to guarantee cheerleaders a minimum wage despite generating $9.7 billion annually. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Groundbreaking Choreopoem, For Colored Girls…Turns 40

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By Souleo

As Ntozake Shange prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her seminal work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf with the launch of a multigallery exhibition, she can’t help but sadly acknowledge that the issues facing women which first compelled her to write the work remain relevant today. Continue Reading →

Souleo: The Politics of Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Hinchliffe Stadium_Courtesy of Duncan KendallBy Souleo

A discount furniture store now occupies the space where boxing legend, Joe Frazier trained in Philadelphia. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Beverly Johnson Spills the ‘Tee’ On golf and Writing Her Memoir

Beverly Johnson Credit Fadil Berisha.jpgBeverly Johnson is busy these days from celebrating the 40th anniversary of becoming the first African-American woman on the cover of Vogue to overseeing the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection to completing a memoir. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Three Oral History Projects You Should Know About

Curtis L. Cristler performs TheManintheLastPew during the FacingHomelessnessinFortWayne,Indiana monologue event and book release_ Photo credit_ Kelsey Timmerman, The Facing ProjectAn informal conversation between friends or family members discussing life “back in the day.” A formal research initiative by cultural institutions to document the past. Recorded interviews via audio or video that are transformed into multidisciplinary presentations. These are the various ways to define the practice of oral history in its attempt to capture the past and present through firsthand accounts. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Star of Tupac Shakur Inspired Broadway Musical

Holler If Ya Hear Me still_Credit on PicIt is the presence of strong women in the Broadway musical, ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ that attracted Saycon Sengbloh to be part of the cast and serves as a reminder of one usually overlooked facet of Tupac Shakur’s enduring legacy: his female empowerment anthems. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Wendell Headley, A Fashion World Outsider Comes To The Fore

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In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy bordering on unease. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Happy 80th Birthday Apollo Theater

Musician Reverend Charles Hodges Sr and Paul Rodgers recording at Royal Studios (left to right)_Courtesy PaulRodgers.comThe Apollo Theater has transformed the lives of many singers that performed on its stage such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Lauryn Hill. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Power Players Navigate A Reality TV Driven Market

Keith Clinkscales, Diddy, Val Boreland, Andy Schuon_Photo Credit_Stephen KnightIf you let the music lead the television viewing audience will follow (without the need for sex tapes, physical fights or publicity stunts). Well at least that’s the hope of the executive team behind Revolt TV. Continue Reading →