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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo It’s taken singer-songwriter, Jeffrey Osborne 30 years to finally release the album he’s always wanted to record, ever since impacting the 1980’s R&B charts. With A Time for Love, Osborne reunites with producer George Duke for a set of covers featuring jazz and pop standards. “When I…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo There was a time when the pain behind the laughter brought on by career and financial challenges became almost too much to bear for actress-comedian Kim Coles. For the first time ever, in her one-woman show, Oh But Wait, There’s More, which makes its New York premiere…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo Actress Gabourey Sidibe is ready to take on one of her most important roles to date as host of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a documentary series highlighting contemporary life, art and pop culture in the African diaspora. The fifth season of AfroPoP, produced by Black Public Media, premiered Tuesday, Jan.…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo While most people are scribbling down their New Year’s resolutions, singer-songwriter, Kem is already feeling quite victorious. Not only has he released his very well-received debut holiday album, What Christmas Means, but he has also achieved the goal of becoming an early-riser. While on the surface it…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo Iconic film director Spike Lee may be a man of few words in interviews but perhaps that’s because  his films do all the talking. And for those powerful films, Lee was honored at The Museum of Modern Art’s 2012 Jazz Interlude, where Harlemite Sherry B. Bronfman served as…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo So what do you do after winning an Academy Award and having the entertainment industry fawning over your next move? If you’re actress-comedian Mo’Nique, you count your blessings and take a break from it all to enjoy life. The actress has been conspicuously absent from the big…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo When it comes to paying homage to the life of a legend like Whitney Houston, one certainly faces a challenge. Yet for photographer, Randee St. Nicholas it’s all part of the job. St. Nicholas curates the new book, Whitney: Tribute to an Icon that contains 130 images…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo If you were a guest at singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux’s Thanksgiving Day dinner, you’d likely be served a heaping scoop of ice cream — the treat has become the source of inspiration for the songbird’s forthcoming album, Ice Cream Every Day. Larrieux will perform new songs from the album…

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  Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the ‘A’ w/Souleo In the late 1980s to mid-1990s, actress and comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney was one of Hollywood’s most promising talents. A string of roles in films such as What’s Love Got to Do With It, Malcolm X and the TV series, “A Different World” won over viewers…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo In these times of political turmoil, socioeconomic inequities and environmental issues, the songs of Stevie Wonder resonate deeply. In fact, so deeply that Macy Gray was inspired to cover Wonder’s entire classic album, Talking Book. On songs like “Superstition,” “Maybe Your Baby” and “Big Brother,” Gray transforms…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo As Election Day nears, the arts and culture community is playing a significant role in encouraging citizens to vote. “R&B Divas” docu-series TV show star and Harlem native Monifah lent her voice to the cause at the event, Go Vote: A Memo to Black America. Pastor Joseph Tolton…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo   It is universally noted that Harlem is one of the premier arts and culture centers of the world, but to sustain that legacy requires greater economic support, visibility and unity amongst institutions. In an effort to promote these values, the Harlem Arts Alliance recently kicked off…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   It’s hard to imagine it now but at one point in time according to R&B legend Freddie Jackson, he was predicted to only have 15 minutes of fame. Jackson has since gone on to prove his detractors wrong after creating hits for almost three decades ever…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo Harlem and Philadelphia have several things in common: a sense of style, great food and an appreciation of arts and culture. The latter was on display at Philadelphia’s free Global Fusion Festival concert where Brandy, Kenny Lattimore, Luke James and Elle Varner entertained the crowd on Penn’s…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   You can’t keep a good thing away for too long which is why the hit musical, Fela! has returned to Broadway for a limited run until Aug. 4. To help celebrate the return, Harlem’s Morningside Park was transformed into a dance floor for the latest installment…

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  Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo   If you walk through Harlem you’re bound to see diverse images of female beauty. Unfortunately, the mainstream entertainment industry doesn’t always support such reflections. While promoting her tour and new book, ESSENCE Presents Ledisi Better than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power singer Ledisi shared…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo It’s easy to forget that pop music simply refers to what is popular at the moment, whether it’s disco, rock ‘n’ roll or most recently, hip-hop and dance music. SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, honored those who have made an impact in the pop…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo When one has been given a platform to reach millions of people across the world, it helps to have a message to maximize one’s impact. Such is the modus operandi for jazz songbird, Esperanza Spalding. During her VIP World Tour dress rehearsal. she previewed her set list…

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Harlem Arts Alliance Presents:  On the “A” w/Souleo The story of talented individuals from Harlem pursuing their dreams plays itself out every day, which is why the 1976 film, Sparkle, still resonates with modern audiences. Lonette McKee, who played Sister in the original film, knows this and that’s why she’s planning a live reunion tour…

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