Art is a medium in which a person, through creative means, can delve into to find his or herself and cultivate an identity that may have been unexpected. In fact, the late Thomas Merton has blessed us with a thoughtful statement: "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." This was the case for Atlanta-based painter, Muhammad Yungai.

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As an Atlanta native, reading Lil Nas X’s hilarious tweets and witnessing the success he has enjoyed as a result of his country-rap hit single “Old Town Road,” fills me with an unexpected feeling of kinship and satisfaction. Here in Atlanta it can feel as if wanting to be a rapper is some sort of rite of passage for black men—especially for creatives from low-income backgrounds. I personally know more black men independently pursuing music than I can count on both hands, and it’s a really beautiful form of artistic expression to be surrounded by.

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“I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch,” Lizzo raps in her breakout single, “Truth Hurts.” And according to all accounts, she’s not exaggerating. "

The track, featured on Lizzo's third album, “Cuz I Love You,” is on its way to hitting platinum status according to Billboard music charts. Her album was released in April 2019.

“I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security, if that’s what radical means, call me a radical,” said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines during her candidacy for congress and now as a congresswoman, continues to shake up Washington.

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If you’ve never heard of Aleksander Siradekian, that is completely understandable. As a designer on the come-up, his brand is not as widely retailed as some other luxury shoe manufacturers. Nevertheless, you have been missing out! With a focus on creating original shoe designs with maximum comfort and wearability, ALEKSANDERSIRADEKIAN is a brand luxury shoe collectors and admirers will want to keep on their radar for years to come.

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