Harry Lennix: Move Forward With Faith
Harry Lennix has spent decades carving out a path for himself as an actor and filmmaker. It was on the South Side of Chicago where he learned the value of hard work and thrift. A student of Northwestern University, he majored in Art and Direction. After moving around a bit from coast to coast, his breakout role came in the early 90s when he starred in Robert Townsend’s film The Five Heartbeats as Terrence “Dresser” Williams. Throughout his career, he has played supporting roles in major franchises like The Matrix (Commander Lock) and the DC Extended Universe (General Calvin Swanwick). Read More . . .
The Spot: Unity in RVA’s Streetwear Scene
The owners of The Spot, located in the Arts District of Richmond, Virginia, met through a mutual friend and came together to “curate” a multipurpose creative space for the city. James Crump, Tyler Chong, Brian and Derrick Iwuamadi, Alex Tucker, Duane Doku, and Cameron Hadnot make up the seven-member business partnership. They are artists, photographers, screen printers, designers, and creative directors. “We all had a vision for a space that allowed collaboration and the development of creative talents across different avenues,” says James. Read More . . .
The Global Ikon: Finding the World’s Next Superstars
Ashish Manchanda created The Global Ikon to change the international landscape of the music and entertainment industry. Ashish is a music man who has worked with music legends like James Taylor and Garth Brooks, and mentored by celebrated Engineer/Producer Bruce Swedien. Ashish has built a phenomenal music career in India and in the US, where he is currently expanding his vision of designing exciting live experiences that provide wholesome entertainment with no age and community barriers. Read More . . .
Regina Udalor: African Storytelling Is Worldwide
Regina Udalor is a Nigerian filmmaker and mother living in Oslo, Norway. She uses her creativity as a filmmaker to share nuanced narratives of Africans with the world. Her production The Lost Café (now available to watch on SoulVision.TV) is a coming-of-age story about a young Nigerian woman who pursues her dreams as a filmmaker abroad in Norway. The screenplay was based on a short script Regina wrote. Read More . . .
Alvin Glymph: Hip-Hop Ambassador
Alvin Glymph was born and raised in Queens during the birth and formation of hip-hop culture. Moving to Atlanta after he attended graduate school at Emory University, Alvin has spent over twenty years successfully transforming the lives of those who are underserved. “The majority of my professional life has been spent as an educator and community leader,” he says. “I focus on providing underserved students post-secondary opportunities.” Read More . . .
Chef ‘Ma’ Michele Wilson
Ma’s Collard Rolls
“Filled with parmesan cheese and collard greens. Rolled in a pastry dough and deep-fried. Topped with parmesan cheese and Ma’s Sweet Heat Sauce.”
Breaking the Cycle: Creating Positive Change for Future Generations
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. Breaking the Cycle was founded in 2016 by Clark Atlanta University alumna Markeena Novembre with a goal to lead, inspire, uplift, and transform the local community. She established different chapters at other HBCUs because often the communities around HBCU campuses are disenfranchised. Read More . . .
Memories of Steve Carter: A Humble Playwriting Teacher, Mentor, and Friend
On September 15, 2020, America lost a very precious treasure, Horace “Steve” Carter. Quietly, he slipped out of this world in a state far from the familiar ground of his NYC home. Steve was 90 years old. He would’ve been 91 in November. My wife Gail Davis and I were looking forward to traveling to Houston one more time to see an old friend and teacher who had influenced our writing and commitment to teach in several underserved African American communities in Norfolk, Newport News, Philadelphia, Lincoln City, and Atlanta for over 35 years. Read More . . .
This Nation of ours . . . a history lesson. Each time there is a rumbling at the core of our America, 3 major shifts can often be identified as the country is reimagined: 1) by 1868 after a bloody civil war – the Nation transformed with the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution; 2) by 1968 after a pioneering Civil Rights movement – the Nation transformed with the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act; and 3) by 2021 after the largest protests in the history of our nation (over 23M after the killing of George Floyd) – once again (as of 3:49 AM on Jan. 7th) our Nation has transformed, handing the White House, the House, and the Senate to Democrats led by a white man and a black and Asian woman. Read More . . .
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