On the “A” w/Souleo: Wendell Headley, a fashion world outsider comes to the fore

Souleo - | 6/19/2014, 11:45 a.m.
In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy ...
Wendell Henry and park visitors Felicia M. Gordon

Highlights include Nigeria's popular soap opera, ‘Tinsel’ that focuses on the scandal and romance of the film production world. ‘53 Extra’ is a weekly West African entertainment magazine show. And ‘Blue Flames,’ is the tale of three families vying for wealth and fulfillment.

'53 Magic,' a weekly West African entertainment magazine show

'53 Magic,' a weekly West African entertainment magazine show

'Tinsel," a popular Nigerian soap opera

'Tinsel," a popular Nigerian soap opera

Mba-Uzoukwu believes that content focused on themes with universal appeal will demonstrate that Africa Magic GO’s programming is not just for a “niche” market.

“African content tells life stories and the underlying themes of love, deception, betrayal, jealousy and so on resonate with people from all walks of life. There is growing interest in stories from Africa told from the African perspective.”

Danny Simmons has the best of both worlds in new poetry book

The relationship between poetry and visual art may not be immediate for some but for Danny Simmons the two are inextricably linked thanks to his childhood.

“My father was an amazing influence with his poetry. Everyday he’d recite poetry around the house and ask us what we felt about it. And my mother would be painting,” Simmons recalled. “For neither of them was that their job but these were their passions. It steeped in and was something I picked up and I am now a painter and writer.”

He’s taken that inspiration and applied it to is new book, ‘The Brown Beatnik Tomes’ which features his poems juxtaposed with his neo-African Abstract Expressionist paintings. The effect is a conversation between two artistic disciplines that broadens the scope and impact of each.

Danny Simmons's new book 'The Brown Beatnik Tomes'

Danny Simmons's new book 'The Brown Beatnik Tomes'

In looking back on his career, Simmons admitted to placing his poetry career on-hold for several years. While helping spoken word poetry reach a new mainstream audience through his work in co-creating the hit television series ‘Def Poetry Jam’ he decided it’d be a conflict of interest to simultaneously pursue a career as a poet. But now he is catching up on that time that has gone by. And for him there is no better time than the present to be a poet.

“People are seeking something more cerebral. As rap music gets more ratchet people look for meaning in the words they listen to,” he said. “The world has become a little more intense and people need ways to vent and talk about what is going on.”


The weekly column, On the “A” w/Souleo, covers the intersection of the arts, culture entertainment and philanthropy in Harlem and beyond and is written by Souleo, founder and president of event/media content production company, Souleo Enterprises, LLC.