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 →

SOLSTICE STEPS, Dances For A Variable Population

downloadUsing the power of dance to create community, Dances For a Variable Population (DVP), will present three performances of Solstice Steps on the days surrounding the 2014 summer solstice. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Philadanco at the Joyce

By Walter Rutledge

The Philadelphia Dance Company, better know by its acronym Philadanco, concluded their New York season at the Joyce Theater on Sunday October 7. During the six day run the company presented four ensemble works by four African American choreographers. The works, which spanned over forty years, offered an insightful and entertaining glimpse into the “Black Dance tradition”. The fifteen-member company featured many outstanding individual performers, but the real standout of the season was Philadanco. Continue Reading →

Jamie Foxx Produces Moving Documentary of Musicians’ Revelry (update)

Jamie Foxx as executive producer presented “Thunder Soul“, a new documentary about a high school band which premiered at the Magic Johnson Theater on Sept. 9th, 2011.

This wasn’t your average high school band despite what you’re thinking. The band was as innovative as any that you might see in high schools today.

The film’s focus is the Kashmere Stage Band of the early 70′s. Omega Psi Psi member and Wiley College graduate, professor Conrad O. Johnson (pictured) was the leader of this elite stage band. Continue Reading →