Brandi Harvey’s Mission for You to Be Healthy
Growing up in the Midwest town of Cleveland, Ohio, Brandi Harvey was taught that excellence was the standard she should live her life by. Brandi’s elementary school principal, Mrs. Stella Loeb-Munson was one of her earliest exposures to excellence. She had an entrepreneurial spirit in the way she made her own clothes and relied on her own intuition and smarts to navigate the world. Brandi wanted to emulate her style and swagger. Read More . . .
Ken Harvey Is More Than Meets the Eye
Standing at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, you would not expect Ken Harvey to be a shy kid from Austin, Texas. In fact, when he was a teenager standing at the same height he is today, people stereotyped him to be an outgoing star athlete, but perception is not always fact. Ken dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, which at the time, ended any chance of a football career. After struggling to find himself, he found his strength in God which gave him a new belief: he could become anything he wanted to be. Ken went back to school and graduated but ended up flipping burgers at a local burger joint. Read More . . .
KiDé’s Soulful Charm
Kia Bennett (from Richmond, Virginia) and Desiree Jordan (from Silver Spring, Maryland) were releasing music on their own before they randomly met on the set of a YahZarah music video. They were Facebook friends and interacted with each other through likes. They appreciated each other’s music from afar. Kia recognized Desiree and they became friends and a musical partnership began. This musical partnership blossomed into the formation of KiDé. Read More . . .
Lauren Meyer’s Ode to the American Dream
Lauren Meyer grew up dreaming about being a director. In the ’90s, she began her career as a production assistant for Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold on their various projects. Today, she’s an Emmy nominated director and filmmaker who has credits on dozens of networks, cable channels, and digital platforms. “I have always loved being part of a creative team,” she says. “It’s inspiring to collaborate with people who are passionate about their craft. Read More . . .
Acori Honzo’s Afro-Pop Figurines Pique the Imagination
Acori Honzo is an incredibly talented and meticulous artist who creates 1/6 scale “afro-pop” figurine art. “I get inspiration from anything so an idea can hit me at any moment,” he says. His influences include artists Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Basquiat, and comic book artists Alex Ross and Jim Lee. His artwork is about perspective. His artwork evokes imagination and extends the narratives of popular and historical figures. In The Conversation, he imagines Basquiat and James Baldwin in conversation on a park bench. Read More . . .
Chef J. Ponder
Southern Style Black-Eyed Peas
“A traditional southern meal that will remind you of back home.”
MoBBallet’s Celebration of Black Ballet Dancers
Each month we highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision Magazine. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world. Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet) was founded by Theresa Ruth Howard in 2015. MoBBallet “preserves, presents, and promotes the contributions, and stories of black artists in the field of ballet, illustrating that they are an integral part of dance history at large.” Read More . . .
In his early 20s, Masazumi Chaya arrived in New York with just $1,000 in his pocket. It was 1970 and he wanted to prove himself as a dancer. In Japan, he had been dancing for a few companies there, but wondered if he was only getting work due to his male privilege. He wanted to go somewhere he could start fresh and test the merits of his ability. Growing up in Fukuoka, Japan, it was assumed he would be headed to medical school. His parents worked as a nurse and doctor. Read More . . .
When we started SoulVision Magazine in late 2018, there were many naysayers who questioned if the world was ready for another publication. We took that leap of faith and now our articles are read by over 100,000 people each month, and we are reprinted and distributed in over 261 cities around the globe. This issue is our way of saying thank you to all of our readers and supporters. Read More . . .