Souleo: Black Lives Matter Movement Inspires New Season Of Hit Show ‘Lexus Verses And Flow’

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When spoken word poet, Rob Gibsun was invited to perform on the TV One show, ‘Lexus Verses and Flow’ for the second season in a row, he felt compelled to address the tense climate of racial and social injustice. Continue Reading →

Souleo: New book positions Obama, Trayvon Martin, and Diana Ross as ‘Racial Icons’

Diana Ross from Surrender album photo shoot 1971Nicole R. Fleetwood calls her latest book On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination, “an act of love.” But readers may end up referring to it as tough love as Fleetwood offers a searing investigation into America’s fixation on black images from President Obama to a living legend of tennis, Serena Williams. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Nas helps celebrate Hennessy’s 250th anniversary

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Most rappers are known for having an element of bravado but even legendary recording artist, Nas can’t help but express modesty when it comes to Hennessy. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Baltimore photographer Debuts Exhibition inspired by Freddie Gray protests

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Devin Allen refuses to let the momentum for social justice subside after the city of Baltimore erupted in protests following the death of Freddie Gray. Continue Reading →

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

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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

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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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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

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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 →