In today’s society, the term “woke” is often regarded as a term of endearment to individuals that are extremely honest and vocal about the world’s atrocities that occur as they happen. It isn't often that we mention actual artists of that same caliber. One of the hidden trail-blazers that utilizes the term artistically is Ethiopian-American artist, Julie Mehretu. Mehretu is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She migrated with her parents to Michigan in 1977.
The first thing that jumps out about Zac Posen's designs is the structure. It's all about structure. His jackets and pants have a distinct, clean cut. Though dresses are usually flowing and A-line, Posen's dresses have structured necklines with an hourglass silhouette, especially for the 2012 lines. The designer has turned fashion into architecture.
Longevity in any industry starts with talent, it’s achieved through hard work and the willingness to progress with that talent. As comedian Aries Spears said, “To sustain longevity, you have to evolve.” Dawoud Bey has been a fixture in the world of photography since he got his first camera at age 15. The 67-year-old photographer is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his time. The reason he’s been able to have such a great impact is his ability to evolve within his craft. While growth is a very important concept for him to be successful, so is staying grounded and having his work mean something.
Most of us can agree that every January, the infamous “new year, new me” quote tends to get thrown around like a frisbee. We sit around and decide that we’re going to make all these huge changes and by the time December rolls back around, we throw ourselves into the same cycle. This recurring cycle requires us to accept change, practice balance, and facilitate authenticity; which are some of the same things humans tend to struggle with on a daily basis. Understanding how to overcome these obstacles are what actress Drew Barrymore believes will carry humanity forward; the righteous way.