In hip-hop, it's commonplace to hear someone refer to themselves as a boss. The term in itself just sounds cool, and it's pretty uplifting, but it can also be misleading. The true definition of a boss in the terms that we use it, is someone that puts others in position to succeed and become bosses. Not too many people have the wherewithal or the heart that it takes to be a boss. Of the handful of bosses in the game, or who've come up in the game and graduated to other endeavors, Stayve Jerome Thomas aka Slim Thug has managed to continue to stand out amongst them all.

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Many of us fail to realize that fashion is not just about looking cute - it’s a serious art form. From the sketchbook to the sewing machine, the process of creating a clothing line requires great artistry. Looking a bit closer, one begins to see the intense creative process that is required of a designer. For Hong Kong’s up and coming designer Cynthia Mak, her interest in fashion design was not rooted in a love of clothing, but rather, the visual arts.

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A painting is often defined, not by the artist or the quality, but by the content. Some paintings were intended to capture a thought, and some were intended to capture images. But sometimes, the best paintings capture moments unplanned and unscripted. They capture life.

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Lyricism is somewhat of a lost art in the modern age. The music industry is enveloped with a legion of major recording labels and manufactured artists shoveling vapid lyrics to the public. Alas, there is a shining beacon of hope. Laura Marling’s complex use of mythology and folklore communicates innocuous subjects such as young love and heartbreak brilliantly. This English singer-songwriter's silky vocals combined with her clever lyricism has made for a lasting career in Britain's modish nu-folk scene.

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Sixteen is an age that kids all over the United States excitedly anticipate: the age they are given the opportunity to take their driving test, borrow their parents’ car, and experience their very first taste of freedom. Kalief Browder’s sixteenth year differed starkly from the “American Teenage Dream.” He was falsely accused of stealing a backpack, the young high school student from the Bronx was sent to New York’s infamously violent Rikers Island in 2010 to await trial when his family was unable to pay the $3,000 bail. What was supposed to take just a matter of hours- clearing Browder of the unfounded hearsay against him- took three years. Approximately two of those years spent at Rikers were  in solitary confinement, where the bright, easygoing teenager sank into a desperate, depressive state. He was supposed to be going to school, playing sports, and spending time with friends; instead, Browder was enduring the physical and psychological consequences of being placed in a six by eight foot cell by himself for 23 hours every day. When he attempted suicide, the methods of which he learned from watching other inmates, Browder reported being denied food from guards as punishment. This is only a fraction of the cruelty and abuse inflicted on the youngster by both correction officers and other inmates when he wasn’t  in solitary confinement.

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