Art helps describe what can’t be explained with words, feelings that can’t be easily described vocally are perfectly illustrated on a canvas for others to view. Painter Loribelle Spirovski used her passion for art to distract her from the challenges she faced in life after migrating to Australia from the Philippines at the age of 8.
All writers know that there is a slim chance of getting published, and becoming a bestseller is even more rare. Roxane Gay, however, has done both. Gay, 43 of Nebraska is an author, editor, essayist, professor, and columnist. She has over ten published works including fiction, non-fiction, comics, and a memoir.
Today social media has given fans and onlookers a snapshot into the lives of their favorite entertainers. Platforms such as Instagram or Twitter are providing a level of accessibility that was not available before the rise of the social media. The public is now privy to aspects of celebrities’ endeavors outside of what they are known for. Social media is a great way to market projects such as films, charities, and music. When utilized correctly these sites provide direct consumer access.
The video gaming community is somewhat of a subculture worldwide, that has its own icons. These icons aren’t household names all the time, unless of course you’re talking about a character from the game itself. Each system brought forth different characters to revere, until recently when everything seems to be a reboot of the good old days. Nintendo brought us Mario and Luigi, then of course Sega Genesis gave us Sonic the Hedgehog. PlayStation went on to give us Crash Bandicoot and Lara Croft. These names are as widely known and recognized in pop culture as many people’s favorite entertainers and athletes.
South Korea is getting more credit in the mainstream media as its music, food, and fashion gain popularity. Along with the rise of k-pop and Korean restaurants opening in several major cities, the fashion of South Korea is making an imprint in mainstream cultural norms. The street wear has made its way into prestigious fashion shows like Seoul Fashion Week. The public has the opportunity to get a close up view of some of the greatest fashions to hit the runway thanks to Korean fashion photographer Kyunghun Kim.
With exaggerated and distorted instrumentals, eerie sound effects, and metaphor-filled lyrics of romance, heartbreak and despair, indie rock band alt-J has revolutionized the sound of music in the United Kingdom and abroad.
These days it’s looked at as normal for celebrities to always wear a face full of makeup, and when they are spotted with a bare face, the media is quick to talk. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini took to social media herself because she wants her fans to see her true unapologetic self.
Ballerini, 24, of Knoxville, Tennessee usually has a face caked with glitter, lashes, and the whole nine for all of her performances, resulting in fans only seeing her in glam mode. However, she recently put a video on her Instagram page of her stripping herself of all things makeup and exposing her bare face to 1.2 million of her followers.
Going from doing stand-up comedy in small, New York City comedy clubs to being the first Black co-head writer for the renowned variety show Saturday Night Live, is a trajectory countless comedians would dream of.
However, for comedian Michael Che, this is his reality and he made it happen in less than a decade. When Che decided he wanted to take his shot at stand-up comedy, he immediately hit the ground running. Known for his interesting mix of blunt, yet laid back political commentary as well as his persistence, Che became very popular on the NYC comedy scene.
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Benjamin Disraeli, once said:
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.” Ivan Pretorius, a South African freelance illustrator, is an exemplary representation of this very quote.