Victoria Rowell: Leader, Advocate, and Power Player
Victoria Rowell is poised and elegant in her speech. Over the years, Victoria has become an important voice for those in foster care. While her career has reached far beyond the 60-acre farm she grew up on in Lebanon, Maine, Victoria has not forgotten the woman who made her the person she is today. She knows she owes a debt to her late foster mother, Agatha Armstead. Agatha helped Victoria develop discipline and a love for the performing arts. Read More . . .
Ashish Manchanda: Ambassador of Mumbai’s Creative Arts
Ashish Manchanda believes that India’s music scene has the power and merit to go global. As an esteemed mixing/recording engineer, producer and entrepreneur, Ashish has worked on over 150 Bollywood films and has been involved in the Indian music scene where he works with fresh, young talent. His work is coming full circle, having started from the U.S. where he worked on live and studio projects with American music veterans like Garth Brooks and James Taylor. Read More . . .
Jamellah Ellis: Going Natural
Jamellah Ellis wants women to rock their natural hair with pride. As owner of Curl Theory, a textured hair salon in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Jamellah has created a safe haven for “curl theorists” in the textured hair community. Today, women of all ethnicities are rocking their natural curls and documenting it all on Instagram. Some do it for self-acceptance, others do it in protest of the harmful chemicals that have been damaging their hair for years. Read More . . .
Gregory Bruce: The Man Behind the Hashtag #nomoboringbows
Gregory Bruce is known as the man with the colorful bow ties. In recent years, the bow tie has regained popularity among men and women who want to add a little bit of sophistication and uniqueness to their wardrobe. What was once seen as “nerdy” or “Carlton-like” is now considered “cool” and “trendy.” To Gregory Bruce, bow ties are no trendy accessory, they are a staple of his wardrobe. They are essential. Since 2017, Gregory has been tapping into this trend with his unique and off-kilter designs. Read More . . .
Art Espey: Innovating the Way We Relax
Art Espey wants you to have an oasis right in your backyard. His business, Choza, specializes in “luxurious personal relaxation spaces.” They are similar to the trend, She Sheds (“man caves for women”), but are made with the whole family in mind. “Many of our customers asked us for bathrooms and kitchens in their personal relaxation spaces. Read More . . .
Chef James Boukhalfa
Mushroom Soup en Croûte
“This French recipe is a perfect appetizer for your next dinner party.”
Clever Communities In Action: Literary Warriors
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. For our July issue, we highlight Clever Communities In Action (CCIA), a nonprofit organization based in Norfolk, VA that focuses on educating and empowering youth and communities of color. Read More . . .
Tim Reid has been a well-known figure on the television sets of American families for generations. From the influential TV sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati to OWN’s Greenleaf, Tim Reid continues to make his presence felt. Tim is one of the most influential voices in the push for less stereotypical portrayals of African Americans on screen. Unhappy with the narrative being pushed, Tim decided to produce his own film, Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored. Read More . . .
In this issue of SoulVision Magazine, we focus on entrepreneurs. The creators and makers featured here use their art to build communities and to turn the wheels of commerce. Our ancestors knew that self-sufficiency was a prerequisite for long-term survival in a world where green and gold were the most important colors. Historically, our dollars circulated hundreds of times in our own community ecosystem. Read More . . .