Souleo: Saving the site of MLK’s ‘War Room’

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By Souleo

This year’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, includes a popular disco in the LGBT community, Miami’s Little Havana, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “war room,” housed inside of the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, AL.

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Souleo: Vivian Green Is ‘Vivid’ And Carefree On New Album

Vivian-Green 1Singer Vivian Green wants her fans to know that everything is fine. No, she is not going through romantic troubles as she effectively sang about on hit singles like “Emotional Rollercoaster” and “Gotta Go Gotta Leave.” Continue Reading →

Souleo: Hennessy Doc Explores Brand’s Relationship With African-Americans

Erykah-Badu_Courtesy-of-Hennessy1By Souleo

So what do you get when you combine a spirit brand with social justice, stir, and garnish with a jazz and hip-hop twist? The answer is all in the title of the documentary, “An Unexpected History: The Story of Hennessy and African-Americans.” Continue Reading →

Souleo: Art exhibition and nonprofit org look at LGBT issues beyond marriage equality

André StIn the artwork titled, “The Promise” by André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson, a lone traveling subject walks the streets of a rainbow cityscape, under the watchful eyes of a personal deity, seeking a path to self-love and shelter. The image represents the story of many of the nation’s homeless LGBT youth.

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Souleo: Singer Maysa Reflects On Music’s Role Amid Turmoil In Baltimore

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By Souleo

Veteran recording artist, Maysa doesn’t usually hesitate to sing about what’s on her mind. But the recent Baltimore unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, led her to question the inclusion of the song “Tear it Up, Tear it Down,” on her new album Back 2 Love.

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Souleo: Rafia Santana’s ‘SELFiE’ Is Better Than Yours

RAFiA-SANTANA-PAiNT-ME-2014By Souleo

The art of the selfie is under attack. From the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival to Coachella, high-profile events have recently instituted measures meant to limit or altogether delete the taking of selfies. Continue Reading →

Souleo: South African Photographer Captures The Pain And Beauty Of LGBT Life

Festival Founder Mahen BonettiSouth Africa is celebrated for having one of the most advanced constitutions in the world, often cited for its inclusion of protections on the basis of sexual orientation. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Veteran funk band returns right on time, decades later

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What the ‘funk’ is going on?

It’s a fair question to ask in music these days as funk appears to be making a mainstream comeback. There’s Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” single which had a 14-week reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and D’Angelo and Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed new albums are infused with funk grooves. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Dance exhibition celebrates ‘firsts’ while looking to the future

Green Lady from Dougla. 1974. Green dress, headdress, and white skirt. Courtesy of Dance Theatre of HarlemThe founding of the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook occurred in the aftermath of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 assassination. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Hillary Clinton Receives Presidential Campaign Advice From The Stars

Mary Wilson_Credit Ed FortiBy Souleo

If Hillary Clinton needs any pointers on her 2016 presidential campaign she can always turn to Gloria Steinem, Mary Wilson, and Bevy Smith. During the Figure Skating in Harlem annual gala these women shared their thoughts on what issues Clinton needs to make a priority during her run for office. Continue Reading →