Skip to content

On the ‘A’ w/Souleo… Storme DeLarverie’s name was not familiar to many of the celebrity guests in attendance at the 2014 Vision Awards presented by the Stonewall Community Foundation last week at the Museum of the City of New York. Nevertheless, DeLarverie’s impact on the LGBT rights movement was certainly present. On Saturday. May 24,…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo… What a difference a few hours of peace and quiet can make in the lives of married duo, Kindred the Family Soul (Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon). During the recording process of their new album, A Couple Friends (due out on June 10) they found themselves creating for the first time without…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo … If you let the music lead, the television viewing audience will follow; without the need for sex tapes, physical fights or publicity stunts. At least that’s the hope of the executive team behind Revolt TV. The new music network launched in the fall of 2013 by Sean “Diddy” Combs and…

Read More

On the “A” w/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. Nearly seven years later Salt finally has an answer: yes. At the…

Read More

One 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. But he’ll gladly drink to that since his use of floral motifs represent a new perspective on life. After building his name through an aggressive and bold political style…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo Cultural influencers convened to hear a “new” Tank at Harlem’s Cheri restaurant during a private listening party produced by Sidra Smith. As guests sipped on Hendrick’s Gin cocktails courtesy of the La Bodega 47 Social Club pop-up bar, Tank played songs from his forthcoming Stronger album. Included in the playback was…

Read More

On the ‘A’ w/Souleo … LiV Warfield is used to running. But these days, the former track athlete is flying high with a revived music career. It’s all thanks to discipline, confidence, faith and a music legend named Prince. Backstage at her B.B. King Blues Club & Grill concert in New York City this past…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo … A young boy fights bullying while celebrating Basant, a springtime kite-flying festival in “King for a Day.” A group of kids transform their bodies into the letters A-Z in “AFRO-BETS ABC Book.” In each of these picture books none of the protagonists are white—representing a movement aimed at augmenting the…

Read More

On the ‘A’ w/Souleo… There is a reason Saran Kaba Jones presented her fifth annual WASH gala for FACE Africa at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. With its waterfront location overlooking the Hudson River, you’re reminded of the value of water both for its beauty and necessary function in daily life. And yet Jones’ event…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo… On the surface the title of Dianne Reeves’ new album, Beautiful Life seems straightforward enough, but it holds a deeper significance for the singer after experiencing two major deaths. Five years ago, she returned home to help care for her ailing mother who died in 2012 after battling breast cancer and a tumor.…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo… It wasn’t until graduate school that Michelle Joan Wilkinson realized that becoming a curator could be a viable profession. Wilkinson is now the director of collections and exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. She now hopes the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s recent announcement of a…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo… Ray Greene always knew that he was destined to share his musical gifts with audiences around the world.  Now he’s finally getting his chance to do just that as the new lead singer of legendary funk/soul band, Tower of Power. Prior to joining the group, Greene built a loyal following in…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo… As the nation prepares to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20, actor Brandon J. Dirden hopes that people will not only remember King as a powerful reverend and activist, but also as an astute politician. Dirden portrays King in the forthcoming Broadway play, All the Way, which begins previews on…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo Nearly 12 years ago, Sage Gallon was just getting clean after a decade of smoking crack. He’s now reliving those days of substance abuse but this time as a photographer. In his photographic essay, “Crack(s)” Gallon presents Baby Dee, a man in his mid-30s and in the throes of drug abuse.…

Read More

On the “A” w/Souleo Leela James hasn’t decided on the title of her forthcoming album but if her current state is anything to go by, then perhaps the word “good,” should be somewhere in the title. She recently joined the cast of TV One’s hit reality series, “R&B Divas: LA,” has a new single featuring…

Read More

Bobby Womack’s daughter, GinaRe is concerned whenever her father hits the stage to perform. During his nearly 50 year legendary career, Womack has battled substance abuse, developed diabetes and successfully undergone surgery to eradicate a potentially cancerous tumor. “She is worried when I’m on stage ‘cause she been through that period when I was sick…

Read More

The spirit of the late jazz legend George Duke was with multi-instrumentalist Najee during the recording of his latest album, The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey. Duke’s presence was so strong that it inspired Najee to record a song in tribute to his musical mentor titled, “Shinjuku.” “Shinjuku is an area of Tokyo where…

Read More

On the ‘A’ w/Souleo In her private residence, playwright Ntozake Shange is lost in her own world: one made up of words, rhythm and recovery. The writer of the legendary theater piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf no longer has the full use of her hands and legs due to…

Read More