Souleo: Will Downing Explores Gender Roles On New Album

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By Souleo

For his latest album, R&B veteran, Will Downing decided to flip the lyric. On Black Pearls listeners will find the crooner covering a staple of songs made famous by Chaka Khan, Deniece Williams, Cherrelle, Jean Carne and Phyllis Hyman, among others. Continue Reading →

Souleo: DNA Tests Inspire New Photo Series

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African art is sweeping through the mainstream art world as noted in recent examples from the Brooklyn Museum’s Disguise: Masks and Global African Art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Creative Africa exhibitions. Continue Reading →

Souleo: With New Album, Take 6 Wants You To Take Another Listen

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If you don’t remember just how successful and influential a cappella group, Take 6 is, well, that’s okay. They’re ready to serve a reminder with their new release, Believe. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Angélique Kidjo Challenges Media Sensationalism

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Angélique Kidjo is used to being in front of the camera. After all just this past February she appeared on the Grammy stage to accept her third honor for her critically acclaimed music. Continue Reading →

Souleo: R&B Groups, SWV And Silk Navigate Ageism And Music Politics

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1992 was a pivotal year for R&B groups, SWV (Sisters With Voices) and Silk, respectively. Both released their debut albums that year to critical and commercial success. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Civil Rights Doc Eyes On The Prize Returns

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Growing up after the civil rights movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings from any firsthand experiences of that era. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Three Crowdfunding Projects For Your Consideration

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By Souleo

Got a few extra dollars to spare? Check out three special crowdfunding campaigns worthy of a dollar or $50. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Visual Artists Are ‘Pushing Buttons’ In More Ways Than One

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Since one of the earliest known buttons found at Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley (now Pakistan) nearly 5000 years ago, buttons have gone from being ornaments to signifiers of economic and social status to commonplace mass produced objects. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Dannis Winston Aims To Go From Wedding Band To Solo Music Career

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Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, and Kem have all been booked to sing at weddings at some point in their careers. So why are professional wedding singers often stigmatized when it comes to being taken seriously as original recording artists? Continue Reading →

Souleo: Black theater community reacts to Tonya Pinkins quitting Mother Courage

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Woodie King, Jr., producing director of New Federal Theatre, was immediately concerned after Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. Continue Reading →