Souleo: African-American Literary Awards Show faces questionable future

André St. Clair and Caroline Dessert of Immigration Equality were joined by New York City Public Advocate Letitia James at Shine_Courtesy of Immigration EqualityFor the second time in its ten year history the African-American Literary Awards Show [AALAS] has canceled its ceremony. The first cancellation in 2005 was due to Hurricane Katrina but this year the challenges appear to be internal. Continue Reading →

Souleo: ‘Paternity Court’ TV judge does it all

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So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show ‘Paternity Court?’ If you’re Lauren Lake it starts with your upbringing. Continue Reading →

Souleo: New TV Series Explores ‘America By The Numbers’

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 By Souleo

If the numbers truly don’t lie then America is in the midst of radical demographic changes. The U. S. Census Bureau predicts a nation primarily of multiple hues with a majority non-white population by 2043, if not sooner. Continue Reading →

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

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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: 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

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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 →