We all did that thing as kids where we sat too close to the TV and it drove mom mad. No, we didn’t go blind as she over-exaggeratingly suggested, but what we did discover millions of tiny colorful dots on the screen. Those dots are called pixels, and they work together as micro spots of color to create the broad image that we perceive as our TV show, our movies and our pictures. Your laptop, your smartphone - anything with a display screen most likely uses pixels to build an image. And not just screens. Pick up a newspaper and look very closely—pixels. Belgian artist Peter Terrin uses a similar technique to create his breath-taking paintings, and the result is remarkable.

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With his first instrument being his voice, Xavier Rudd began with the most primitive form of music. You wouldn’t have guessed it due to the 18+ instruments he is efficient in and plays during his one-man shows. As an Australian musical legend with Aboriginal blood running through his veins, Rudd clings toward this part of his ancestry for musical inspiration. Because Aboriginal natives do not receive the recognition Rudd believes they deserve, he has made it his duty to build the culture up through his music. His most recent album, Free Bird is possibly his most creative yet, including nature sounds and mesmerizing native chants that take listeners back to a time when people really connected with the earth. As a social activist and musician, Xavier Rudd has been blessed with the ability to connect people with his music and spiritual aspirations.

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In every relationship there exists a dynamic that is keenly communicated through affection, trust, adventure and a little spontaneity. But what happens to that relationship when the person you come home to at the end of the night to vent to about the problems of the day also happens to be your business partner and husband?

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dg2Donald Glover is undoubtedly one of the best people to hit Hollywood. He’s smart, he works his ass off and he’s hilarious. Whether it’s the lines he wrote for 30 Rock (RIP) or his stand-up comedy, Glover is definitely a comedy king. Now, he’s got his hands in a few different entertainment pots. He’s a comic, a writer, an actor and a rapper. This Renaissance man can’t be stopped.

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Momma, I want to sang! These words are being uttered by millions of little boys and girls all across the nation, and a good majority will go after it at some point in their life’s journey. Rarely do any of them break mainstream success, but it’s less to do about actual talent, but timing and connections. She has the subtle sensual song writing style of Badu, and the full smooth soulful vocal delivery of Scott.  She is an example of authentic love for music and talent coinciding with perfect timing. Fans of the ultra-talented soul artist can only hope that her ear for putting head bopping, waist shaking, and thought provoking songs will catch on with the mainstream.

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Our superheroes are timeless. Whether we wake up early on a cold, winter morning to watch the Saturday cartoons, praising Spider rman as he swings through the city removing crime from the streets of New York, or we come home late at night to relax in front of the TV and just laugh a little, our superheroes are complex, silly, sometimes daunting and come in all shapes and sizes. They are so much a part of our existence that Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato has made a living out of manipulating these heroic figures into a successful career.

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