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

Maysa_Credit Roy Cox (2)

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

Con Funk Shun_Credit Jimmy RobinsonBy Souleo

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 →

Hip-Hop’s Past On Display in New Photo Exhibit

JDL at Skatin' Palace 1981_Photography by Joe Conzo

By Souleo

When photographer, Joe Conzo reflects on hip-hop’s early days one word comes to mind: innocence. During the late 1970s he began to document the birth of hip-hop in New York City … Continue Reading →

Souleo: Black Girls Rock! and Bold Soul Sisters Sound Off

Christian-John-Wikane-and-Nona-Hendryx-at-Apollo-Bold-Soul-Sisters-Panel_-Photography-by-cBy Souleo

Women’s History Month drew to a close, or should we say a crescendo this past week with two special March end-of-the-month events, where women were celebrated and given a platform to share their thoughts on a host of topics, including the F word: feminism. Continue Reading →