Southern U.S. food has gone from simple home cooked meals to gourmet dishes over the last few decades. These dishes have been influenced by several different cultures across the world, and shared at events for food lovers. The annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AF&WF) is just one of many. It was created in 2011 to showcase the vast variety of Southern foods and drinks, and its influence on food from other parts of the world. The 2018 AF&WF was held from May 31st to June 3 in Midtown Atlanta, with over 150 chefs, wine stewards, and mixologists in attendance.

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Singers emerge from all corners of the world, with different backgrounds, stories, and sounds. Technology and social media are evolving so rapidly, that it’s no surprise that many aspiring music artists were discovered on YouTube after posting covers of well-known songs.

The story is similar for 19-year-old Shawn Mendes, but he put a slightly different twist on it. In 2013, when the entertainment network Vine was at its peak, Mendes began posting six second clips of him singing on the app. After a childhood full of classes for acting, performing, and entertaining, singing came easily to Mendes. The self-taught guitarist gained millions of followers and garnered the attention manager Andrew Gertler who signed Mendes to Island Records in just a few months. His first single, “Life of the Party” was released in 2014 on the label.

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Everyone can relate to the nervousness and excitement of young love, but one song in particular, is able to take this indescribable feeling and put words to it.  The bubbly, R&B song, “Boo’d Up” has taken the charts and the radio by storm this summer. Its catchy chorus and engaging lyrics make it impossible to escape, whether it is being played on the radio or stuck in your head, making the song top the Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.

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It’s extremely hard to break into the fashion world and leave your mark on an industry that has so many hard-hitting contestants, that have been around for quite some time. Up and coming fashion designers have one chance to either become legendary or see their last runway. Newcomer, Tanya Taylor has no intentions on seeing her last runway any time soon. With a classic feminine feel and an artistic flare, Taylor has hit the nail on the head.

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Autobiographies are usually approached in the form of a hardcover book that authors sell to libraries and bookstores to spread awareness about their success stories. However, screenwriter Kenya Barris decided to depict his life story through a comedy series on ABC, and it has won three awards so far.

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