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: Tastemakers Weigh-in On JET magazine’s Digital Launch

Top- Jason Collins L to R- Marita Bagley Jarrett Lucas Janet Mock Bevy Smith Lee Daniels Isaac Mizrahi Emil Wilberkin_Courtesy Stonewall Community FoundationIt will be a bittersweet moment for readers of, JET magazine when the iconic publication transitions into an all-digital platform, JETmag.com and a subscription app, on its scheduled launch date of June 30. Continue Reading →

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

Wendell Headley and park visitors_Credit Felicia M

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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 →

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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 →

No Longer Empty’s Show “If You Build It” In Harlem

art in harlemOn our 5-year anniversary of presenting site-specific art, No Longer Empty’s exhibition “If You Build It” takes root in Sugar Hill—the legendary epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance. 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 →

Souleo: Salt-N-Pepa Back Together Again As A Trio?

Salt-N-Pepa_Courtesy artist facebook pageBy Souleo

Is Deidra “DJ Spinderella” Roper the “N” in Salt-N-Pepa? It was a question the DJ Spinderella posed to her fellow legendary hip-hop group members Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton on their VH1 reality show in 2007. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Hennessy Debuts New Art Bottle Design By Shepard Fairey

Hennessy VS Shepard Fairey collaboration_2_Courtesy HennessyOne look at the new Hennessy V.S. limited edition label design (available in July) and you could accuse its creator, Shepard Fairey of becoming a softy. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Arturo O’Farrill Tributes Father’s Afro-Latin Jazz legacy

Arturo OFarrill Courtesy Apollo TheaterBy Souleo

Many years ago, if you had asked Arturo O’Farrill to pay tribute to the music legacy of his father, Chico O’Farrill, he would have likely said “no.” Continue Reading →