Sometimes music just happens. In the case of pop singer Sigrid, the opportunity quite literally fell into her lap while studying in Norway. “I wanted to be a teacher, or I wanted to be a lawyer,” she told TIME magazine earlier this year. “I had very specific plans. But then music happened.”

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The best part of first grade, or any grade after that, was when we used to see the teacher wheeling in the tv/vcr on that black cart. Grant it they had no idea how to use, by the way. But, this action alone that let you know that you were in for a fun day, regardless of what movie was going to be played. The Lion King is one that we watched that’s pretty memorable for me. The range of emotions from beginning to end was something I don’t think any of us who grew up in the 90’s will ever forget. One of the best animated movies I’ve ever seen, even as an adult. And in the era of remakes, it was only right for Disney to remake it and modernize it. 

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Often times many people feel powerless to create real change, and they find themselves doing little to create a world they want to live in. Samanta Tello told the Jewish News of Northern California,“I felt that I could at least do my part with regards to the goings on in this political climate. That at least I was doing something with my art.”

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There are two sides to every story according to Cayce Zavaglia, including her subjects. As a classically trained painter and embroidery artist, she stitches handmade portraits out of yarn. Her work illustrates a person the same way a sketch artist can create a court scene with colored pencils and a sketch pad. 

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Those of us that grew up during hip-hop’s golden era,  aren’t completely sold on today’s music. We talk about it all the time in such a negative fashion that we haven’t really began to open our ears. By not giving “their” music a fair chance, we’ve ignored this new wave of music and its artists. This generation of music is unafraid to talk about things that were once taboo, like  mental health. They’ve become their own source of guidance through depression, drug addiction, and other mental health issues. The youth of today look to artists that share similar stories, the same way 80s babies listened to artists we felt we could relate to. That’s where artists who are brave enough to talk about mental health in their music like Tucker Pillsbury, aka ROLE MODEL come into play. 

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It’s unfortunate that the story of Nathan “Nearest” Green has been long forgotten until now. Who is Nathan “Nearest” Green, you ask? To be honest, I found myself asking the very same question until I discovered him. His life has been overshadowed for generations, but he is a very prominent figure in a rather unexpected line of work: distilling alcohol for the now famous brand Jack Daniel.

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If shock value was worth money, Australian graffiti artist Lush would be rolling in  dough. With graphic scenes of genitalia, ripped heads, and breasts, Lush has managed to offend more than half of the Australian population. For over 12 years, he’s been plastering the street with his obscene art and he’s more than proud of it. “It’s the ultimate self-gratification, f*ck jerking off, it’s just a lot better to hear random people talk about you and say the most outrageous shit,” he told Acclaim magazine

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