Peter “Souleo” Wright isn’t afraid to label himself a renaissance man. When asked to define that term he replies, “A jack of all trades and master of each and every one.” True to his word, Souleo is quickly establishing himself as a formidable force in the creation and production of entertaining and informative events, media and artistic projects.
This Brown University graduate began his career as a popular DJ at the historic 95.5 WBRU as one of the hosts of Southern New England’s #1 weekly show, “The 360 Degree Black Experience in Sound,” landing interviews from a diverse and respected group of luminaries such as the father of “Soul Train” Don Cornelius and Liza Minnelli, as well as current chart-toppers like Ne-Yo and Snoop Dogg.
Souleo’s list of journalism credits includes NBC, Newsweek, New York Daily News, EBONY, New York Press, Black Enterprise and more. Souleo’s list of exclusives include Dr. Donda West’s—mother of Kanye West—final interview before her untimely passing; DMC’s revelation of his obsessive compulsive disorder; R&B singer Lil’ Mo’s battle with substance abuse and more. With his track record of securing exclusives Souleo’s expertise and content has been featured on TV One’s Life After, CNN’s The Nancy Grace Show, MTV’s FNMTV Premieres, Access Hollywood and The Insider, and in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Boston Globe, and BET.com.
Souleo is also the creator and writer of the weekly arts and culture column, “On the ‘A’ w/Souleo” which is now syndicated online across several media properties including Huffington Post, EBONY.com, SoulTrain.com, New York Amsterdam News, Harlem World Magazine, and Rolling Out.
In addition his umbrella company, Souleo Enterprises, LLC develops special projects designed to support and empower the arts and culture community. In partnership with the New York Public Library he produces LGBT, financial literacy and cultural programming.
As a curator, his notable exhibitions include “eMerge: Danny Simmons and Artists on the Cusp,” the first-ever AARP exhibition “Lasting Legacy: The Journey of You,” Harlem’s unprecedented multi-gallery collaborative exhibition “Motown to Def Jam,” and the visual art debut of Melvin Van Peebles in “eMerge 2.0: Melvin Van Peebles and Artists on the Cusp.” In 2014, Souleo made his curatorial debut at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with “i found god in myself: 40th anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…” The 2015 exhibition, “Stax: Visions of Soul” marks his curatorial debut at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN.
Extending his reach within the art world, Souleo has served as a muse for celebrated visual artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Renee Cox. His portraits have been included in exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. The fashion world has also taken notice of Souleo with appearances in the style/photo sections of the NY Times, Patrick McMullan Company, Yahoo!, and the Village Voice.
Souleo’s primary goal is to utilize his platform to inspire others with his message of spiritual, educational, political, social and financial self-empowerment. In honor of that mission, Souleo has partnered with such companies as Jimmy Jazz and Food for Life Supreme to create internship opportunities for disenfranchised community members.
With the world at his feet, Souleo is proving that with determination, passion and, of course – soul – anything is possible.