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On the "A" w/Souleo: Civil Rights Doc "Eyes On The Prize" Returns To TV With Fresh Perspective

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Growing up after the Civil Rights Movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings, from any firsthand experiences of that era. Instead the bulk of his knowledge came from books and documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize. Hastings has now helped ensure the return of this documentary to television for a new generation.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Three Crowdfunding Projects For Your Consideration

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

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

On the 'A' With Souleo: Visual Artists Are 'Pushing Buttons' in More Ways Than One

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.21.2016 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

"Buttoned Up Cloud" represents the 2300-mile journey between my small, rural hometown in eastern Washington to an equally small suburb in western Pennsylvania.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Dannis Winston Aims to Go From Wedding Band to Solo Music Career

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.14.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

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?

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Theater Community Reacts to Tonya Pinkins Quitting Mother Courage

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.

On the "A" w/Souleo: After 15 Years, Singer Regina Belle Returns To R&B

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.19.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Belle shared with us details on her newfound personal freedom enabling her return to R&B, early career struggles, the lesson Phyllis Hyman taught her, remaining relevant and why she proudly wears her gray hair.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Empire-inspired Music Video and Other 'Go Viral' Picks

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Going viral has never been so competitive with the hordes of memes, videos and write-ups vying for attention on the web. This week we are highlighting several pieces of content that deserve to go viral from a theatre company's entertaining music video to a topical book about race and politics.

On the "A" w/Souleo: How One Organization is Giving Black Content Creators a Boost

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) has worked to provide a viable solution by developing, producing and finding content about the Black experience. Through an email exchange with NBPC executive director Leslie Fields-Cruz, we learned more about how NBPC is changing the game for black content creators.

On the "A" w/Souleo: On New Album, Angie Stone is Still a Dreamer at Heart

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Soul singer-songwriter, Angie Stone has an unshakeable faith in herself, in love and in the power of dreams and music. But over the past year that faith has been tested in the public eye. Like any singer worth their title, Stone turned to the recording studio and exorcised her demons on wax.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Heading to Philadelphia

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The walls at Rush Arts Galleries are expanding beyond New York City and into Philadelphia, PA. The news was delivered during the fourth annual Gold Rush Awards.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Preview a New Streaming Service Focused on Black Content

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Dr. Donahue Tuitt is launching his own online video streaming service, UNIFY, which will feature throwback TV shows and movies along with original content targeting people of color.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Harlem's New Children's Museum Opens to the Public

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.10.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Visual artist, David Shrobe wishes that during his childhood in Harlem he had his own local children's museum. As a fourth generation Harlemite he is finally seeing that dream manifested with the opening of Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Miss Jessie's CEO Successfully Navigates Through Natural Hair Criticism

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Earlier this month, TV personality Sheryl Underwood from The Talk felt compelled to apologize for negative remarks she made about kinky hair in September 2013. She did so while revealing her own natural hair.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Bionka, Trans Star of New Show Transcendent is Ready to Open Up

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

As one of the stars of the new docu-series Transcendent, Bionka is stepping into the spotlight and she intends to stay there, along with other trans public figures.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Panthers Doc Presents Rise and Fall of Activist Organization

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.10.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The result is an overview of the Black Panther Party that celebrates its bold activism while critiquing the external (namely, the targeted actions of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI) and internal destructive forces that led to its demise.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Artist Uses Brands and Icons to Make a Cultural Statement

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.06.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Amand spoke with us about how his background living in Haiti and New York influences his work, the effects of cultural assimilation and the responsibility of corporations to serve humanity.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Lizz Wright's Soul-searching Journey to Her New Album Freedom & Surrender

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.29.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The end of a relationship and a near-death incident are enough to make anyone take a step back. But for singer-songwriter Lizz Wright those two experiences presented a leap forward and paved the road for her new album Freedom & Surrender.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Singer Avant Questions the Politics of Today's Music Industry

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.22.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Despite 15 years in R&B, Avant still wrestles with understanding his place in today's music scene. Check out his thoughts on what defines quality music, ageism in the music industry, and finding a way to keep going for another 15 years and beyond.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Teedra Moses Overcomes Insecurity to Release Sophomore Album Ten Years After Debut

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Confident and sassy one moment and then vulnerable and introspective the next. Those disparate elements are fused together on her sophomore release, Cognac & Conversation, out this Friday.

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.