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On the A' w/Souleo: Veteran Soul Singer Dr. Mable John's Groundbreaking Anti-Domestic Violence Song Highlighted in New Exhibition

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Dr. Mable John was only doing a friend a favor when she agreed to record the anti-domestic violence song, "Don't Hit Me No More." To her surprise the single's release in 1967 would forever change her life and inspire numerous listeners.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Baltimore Photographer Debuts Exhibition Inspired by Freddie Gray Protests

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

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. The photographer is keeping awareness alive.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Emerging Artist Creates Interactive Paintings you Can Touch and Hear

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works on display at a museum, gallery or studio. Thomas "Detour" Evans is not of that mindset. The emerging artist has created interactive paintings meant to be tapped at designated touch points to emit music.

On the "A" w/Souleo: New PBS Doc Examines How One School is Beating The Odds

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Money is often considered at the root of issues impacting the nation's education challenges but for director, Garland McLaurin, more money alone won't...

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Black Ink and the Politics of Tattoos, Race and Gender

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

It took Dutchess Lattimore nearly 20 years to discover that she possessed the skills to be a tattoo artist. The star of VH1's hit reality series, Black Ink Crew thought she would get an "easy A" in college by registering for a drawing class.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Big Freedia's Reality TV Series Doubles as Therapy and LGBT Advocacy Platform

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Some people pursue therapy in a private and traditional sense: a licensed professional, a couch, and paying for as many hours as they wish to discuss their life. Big Freedia isn't one of those people. She finds his therapy in front of a nationwide audience, lights, and cameras via the hit reality TV series, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.

On the 'A' w/ Souleo: Unsung Hollywood Challenges Diversity Issues

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame takes longevity, success, the right connections, and, for some, your own episode on TV One's popular docu-series Unsung Hollywood. On February 2, groundbreaking comedian-activist Dick Gregory, who was featured on the hit show in 2014, was finally celebrated with the honor.

On the 'A' w/ Souleo: Chanté Moore and Stacy Francis Dish on R&B Divas: LA

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 04.08.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Chanté Moore and Stacy Francis weigh in with their perspective on what to expect from season three of TV One's hit series R&B Divas: LA. They share their thoughts on everything from mistakes in love to calling out a few divas for bad behavior.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Lil' Mo And Michel'le Preview a Drama-filled Third Season of R&B Divas LA

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The songbirds whose drama reaches as high as the notes they hit are back for a third season of TV One's hit series, R&B Divas: LA.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: OUTMusic Awards Postponement Doesn't Stop the Celebration of LGBT Music

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

This past Monday on Martin Luther King Day the themes of social justice, equality, and perseverance resonated strongly for those in attendance at the ninth annual OUTMusic Awards (OMAs). Marketed as "the biggest night in LGBT music," the OMAs almost didn't happen.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Three Crowdfunding Projects for Your Consideration

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In many cases crowdfunding has allowed creative artists the chance to bypass the Hollywood greenlighting system to produce works that might otherwise be shelved.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Rev. Jesse Jackson Takes on Silicon Valley

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.21.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

For anyone who thinks it is poor timing to host an economic summit focused largely on increasing diversity in Silicon Valley during a climate of protests against police brutality, here is a rebuttal: the two are connected, according to Rev. Jesse Jackson.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Concerning Violence and the Struggle for Freedom

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

An abstract and concrete interpretation on the essence of violence sets the tone for a new documentary by Göran Hugo Olsson titled Concerning Violence.

On the "A" w/Souleo: New Book Brings 'Dark Girls' Into The Light

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o proudly graces the cover of the new coffee table book Dark Girls. But the man behind the project, Bill D...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Blaxploitation Icon John Shaft To Be Revived in New Projects

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Shaft is making a comeback. Can ya dig it? The iconic character created by Ernest Tidyman will be resurrected through a new deal announced by Dynamite Entertainment.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Jamaican Dancehall Culture Gets the Visual Treatment

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Wi lickle but wi tallawah: It is a common expression in Jamaica that means despite its small physical size the island of Jamaica is powerful, fearless and strong-willed. Visual artist Andre Woolery has taken inspiration from that saying for his latest collection

On the 'A' w/Souleo: New Book Reflects on Groundbreaking Black Gay Literary Work

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In 1986, Joseph Beam gave voice to the struggles and triumphs of black gay men everywhere by editing the anthology In The Life. Nearly 30 years later Charles Stephens and Steven G. Fullwood are paying tribute to Beam's work

On the 'A' w/Souleo: African-American Literary Awards Show Faces Questionable Future

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

For the second time in its ten year history, the African-American Literary Awards Show [AALAS] has canceled its ceremony. The first cancellation in 2005 was due to Hurricane Katrina but this year the challenges appear to be internal.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: New TV Series Explores America By The Numbers

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The series launches on October 2 on WORLD Channel and October 4 on PBS, with the episode "Mainstream USA," which looks at how the small town of Clarkston, Georgia is negotiating increased diversity levels.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Harlem's Fashion Row Celebrates Byron Lars And Beverly Johnson

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 11.11.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

If you want to make veteran fashion designer, Byron Lars cry with joy just arrange a surprise appearance by his brother, Vincent Lars. That was one of...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Groundbreaking Choreo-poem for colored girls... Turns 40

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

As Ntozake Shange prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her seminal work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is en...

On the "A" w/Souleo: R&B Divas: LA Stars Chrisette Michele and Lil' Mo Dish on Second Season

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

You could call them songbirds with attitude but the cast of R&B Divas: LA promise to offer a lot more than just that on the second season of the hit TV One show.

On the 'A' with Souleo: 3 Oral History Projects You Should Know About

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Predating the written word and remaining popular with the advent of digital technology, oral history continues to be an essential component of how we understand the human experience.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Tastemakers Weigh-In on JET Magazine Digital Launch

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

For the past 63 years JET has been heralded for its content from chronicling the dawn of the civil rights movement to celebrating black beauty with its popular "Beauty of the Week" feature. It will be a bittersweet moment for readers of, JET magazine when the iconic publication transitions into an all-digital platform.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Wendell Headley, A Fashion World Outsider, Comes To The Fore

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy bordering on unease. He's indoors--at what will soon be the home of an art installation featuring some of his avant-garde fashion designs--but he longs to be outside in the park across the street.