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On the 'A' w/Souleo: 'Hollywood Divas' stars dish on debut season’s drama

TV One’s new reality show follows drama in the lives of black actresses in Hollywood from homelessness to weight challenges.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: New TV series explores ‘America by the Numbers’

If the numbers truly don’t lie then America is in the midst of radical demographic changes.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Harlem’s Fashion Row Celebrates Byron Lars and Beverly Johnson

Byron Lars, Beverly Johnson and more honored by Harlem’s Fashion Row; chashama brings art and nightlife culture to New York Fashion Week; and Glenn Ligon’s new tote with MZ Wallace to benefit The Studio Museum.

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Three oral history projects you should know about

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Discover three powerful oral history projects documenting the living-wage movement, human trafficking, poverty and the Harlem community.

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

In an unfurnished New York City apartment with bare white walls, Wendell Headley paces the room with an intense energy bordering on unease.

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Yoga activists fight human trafficking

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Take a breath. Is it short and strained or is it deep and full? Posing this question to a victim of human trafficking may seem insignificant but according to Lara Land it is a crucial step in the rehabilitation of the more than 4,200 children served by the anti-trafficking organization, Odanadi Seva Trust.

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Letter No. 81: Immigration reform now!

It is very disappointing that you have chosen to cave to House Republicans yet again by choosing to delay the release of the results of the review of your administration’s deportation policies and the Pentagon’s plan that would have allowed certain young unauthorized immigrants who grew up in the United States to enlist in the military.

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Salt-N-Pepa back together again as a trio?

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DJ Spinderella officially returns as full-time member of Salt-N-Pepa; T.J. Holmes reveals theme of forthcoming book; and why Brotherhood/Sister Sol organization wants youth to avoid reality TV.

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LiV Warfield: A ‘BlackBird’ learns to fly

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Prince protégé, LiV Warfield just may be 2014’s breakout music star with new album The Unexpected.

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FACE Africa takes on the clean water mission in Liberia

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FACE Africa aims to raise $1.2M to address Liberia’s water crisis; the Affordable Art Fair celebrates its 15th anniversary; and Cove Lounge honors Harlem’s Bevy Smith and Vy Higginsen.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Why Danny Glover continues to support Venezuela

Danny Glover advocated for the Afro-descendant population in Venezuela; new event addresses stereotypes about Guyana; plus a new luxury packaged music album.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Yoga activists fight human trafficking

Lara Land uses yoga to fight trafficking and raise funds and new web series offers women tips on becoming financially empowered.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Two art projects aim to rebuild community

The Bronx Museum of the Arts enlists celebrities to get people “Back in the Bronx,” and Out to See brings awareness to South Street Seaport post-Hurricane Sandy.

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Black fashion designers need help too

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New exhibition aims to illuminate the plight and triumphs of black fashion designers and “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright, Lorraine Hansberry’s letters reveal her thoughts on feminism and LGBT rights.

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After deaths, Dianne Reeves finds a Beautiful Life

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Jazz diva, Dianne Reeves delivers new music after death of mother and George Duke; Kevon Edmonds of After 7 reveals brother Melvin’s drug abuse and reason for quitting the group; and new music series to celebrate Harlem’s historic Minton’s Playhouse.

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More than enough white curators?

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Professional curators respond to a new diversity initiative aimed at increasing diversity at major U.S. museums.

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MLK, redefined as a politician

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Various Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events are available for people to celebrate his legacy: from a new Broadway play, to documentary, to ballet.

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Meet Tower of Power’s New Lead Singer

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Legendary funk/soul outfit, Tower of Power looks to the future with new lead singer, Ray Greene.

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“R&B Divas: LA” star Leela James talks new music

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Leela James talks bouncing back from financial challenges, new music and embracing motherhood; why veteran backup singer, Paulette McWilliams is grateful for doc “20 Feet From Stardom” and former backup singer, Nelson Frank is ready to claim his destiny.

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Stax Records book explores issues of race

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New book details how Stax Records broke racial ground; Justin Merrick receives Grammy recognition for work with Stax Music Academy; Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers’ Kickstarter campaign may be struggling due to his role as a paid F.B.I. informer

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Real Housewives of Atlanta couple learns the truth about each other

Married stars of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Cynthia Bailey Thomas and Peter Thomas set out to write their joint memoir "Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight"

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Najee feels the spirit of George Duke on new album

Duke’s presence was so strong that it inspired Najee to record a song in tribute to his musical mentor titled “Shinjuku.”

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On the “A” w/Souleo: LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross find meaning in film” Go For Sisters”

When actresses LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross finished reading the script for two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles’ new film, “Go For Sisters,” they immediately knew they wanted to be cast in it since they appreciated the script’s sensitivity in dealing with issues of sisterhood and race.

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Celebrated writer, Ntozake Shange debuts new work

The writer of the legendary theater piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf no longer has the full use of her hands and legs due to her battle with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) which she was diagnosed with in 2011. But that hasn’t stopped her from staging her most recent book, Lost In Language & Sound: Or How I Found My Way to the Arts.

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NJPAC Gala attendees on government shutdown and oversexualized pop stars

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Attendees at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) 18th annual Spotlight Gala didn’t hesitate to delve into less lighthearted topics.

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Songs for a Healthier America album uses hip-hop to fight childhood obesity

The piercing cheers of over 500 New York City schoolkids trumpeted the kickoff event at Symphony Space for the album, Songs for a Healthier America.

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On the “A” w/Souleo: Questlove and Nelson George go searching for the funk

At this year’s 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, numerous attendees were seeking the funk. One of the event’s most anticipated films, Finding the Funk was screened and brought out stars including George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic, Nona Hendryx, Melvin Van Peebles and Questlove.

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Roxanne Shante brings her message to fashion charity show

Cancer, alopecia and diversity are not usually synonymous with fashion, yet several events are integrating these topics with their celebration of all things sartorial. Hip-hop pioneer and breast cancer survivor, Roxanne Shante will serve as co-host for this Sunday’s inaugural Beauty With Pure Purpose charity fashion show to recognize women living with cancer or alopecia.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph and Adina Howard share personal stories on “Life After”

Before Sheryl Lee Ralph sat down to film her episode of TV One’s hit docu-series, Life After she wasn't sure where life would take her next.

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Melvin Van Peebles, renaissance man, makes visual art debut

Melvin Van Peebles has virtually taken on every career imaginable including being a novelist, journalist, director, playwright, actor, rapper and musician. Now on the cusp of turning 81-years-old he is ready to introduce the world to his new title: visual artist.

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Musiq Soulchild explores new sound with Syleena Johnson on 9ine

Musiq Soulchild is a reinvigorated singer these days and he’s got Syleena Johnson to thank for the change.

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Ronald Isley joins Stevie Wonder’s boycott of Florida

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When Stevie Wonder says “boycott” you take heed. That’s exactly what musical legend, Ronald Isley believes since he’s decided to join Wonder’s boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The boycott is in response to the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which Wonder and now, Isley, hope to have repealed. Isley’s support of the boycott won’t officially begin until after a scheduled fall performance in the state, but he has plans to donate proceeds from the show to the Martin family.

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Philly Soul Music Legends on Being Unsung

When you consider yourself to be unsung you learn to be grateful for every honor you receive. For The Legendary Intruders, one of those moments of appreciation occurred at last week’s Motown to Def Jam: Love Train gallery talk where two of their songs (“I’ll Always Love My Mama” and “Save the Children”) have served as inspiration for the works of visual artists, Beau McCall and Gregory Saint Amand. The Legendary Intruders which now consists of three members handpicked by the last performing original and founding member of the group, the late Fred Daugherty were in attendance to view the works and share their story before an intimate gathering of fans.

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Feeling stressed? Well, Ky-Mani Marley has a drink for you

With “One Love” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” Bob Marley created classic reggae songs that put many listeners into a state of relaxation. Now the Marley family is focused on providing a beverage to complement those tunes with the all-natural anti-energy/relaxation drink, Marley’s Mellow Mood. During a gallery visit to view Motown to Def Jam, Ky-Mani Marley shared his inspiration for serving as brand ambassador of the drink created in homage to his father.

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Martha Wash faces reality of aging in the music business

With over 30 years in the music business dance music diva, Martha Wash refuses to let age slow her down. But she isn’t opposed to letting life’s maturation process teach her a few financial lessons. On Friday July 19, Wash will appear at the Bronx Library Center for the Fame and Fortune series to share how getting older has made her more aware of the need to secure a sound financial future. It is a theme relevant for many maturing singers and musicians who were often financially exploited by record labels.

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The Whispers to celebrate 50 years of music on Soul Train cruise

They may be called The Whispers, but quiet as it’s kept for the past 50 years this soul vocal group’s impact on the music industry has been more like a shout. For their 50th anniversary they are getting aboard this fall’s Soul Train Cruise. It’s a full circle event as The Whispers regularly appeared on the “Soul Train” television show. For group member, Walter Scott the cruise will also allow fans to get intimate access to the singers.

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Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox Tribute Chaka Khan

To pay tribute to Chaka Khan you don’t just call on any vocalist. You call on some of the best:Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox. These divas united on stage to honor Khan as part of the Apollo’s 8thAnnual Spring Gala Concert. They were joined byAlexandra Burke who gave a lively set. Although she did not perform, Erykah Badudemonstrated her wit when struggling to read the teleprompter without her glasses during her award presentation to Khan.