What does country music look like in 2019? For some it’s the ethereal country pop songs of Kacey Musgraves or the classic Carrie Underwood revenge ballad “Before He Cheats.” But for fans who envision a handsome, Christian boy-next-door singing about trucks and beer, their guy is Thomas Rhett.
If art is visual poetry then contemporary fine artist Shanequa Gay is the Virgil of the 21st century. She has her paintbrush on the pulse of the people. Embedded into the essence and fiber of her work are stories of community. An Atlanta native and alum of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia State University, a key element of Gay’s multifaceted work is hybridity. She told Georgia State University Magazine that, “Atlanta culture as a whole is a hybrid, and as Americans, we’re all a mesh of things.”
One of the most cited statistics, Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll uses when explaining his work with fellow inmates in San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California is the fact that 90% of crimes committed are money related, yet only 1% of the programs targeted towards imprisoned and newly released people pertain to finances. Using the merger resources allotted to him in prison libraries and newspapers, Wall Street has been able to transform himself from an illiterate teenager with a criminal past to an expert financial advisor and investor with national recognition from MoneyWise,Market Watch, and CNN, and a financial educator in San Quentin with his spearhead financial literacy program, Project FEEL.
It’s not always easy to see the kinship and connection between greats of the past and the greatness we hold within ourselves. But in her works, R&B vocalist and Pushcart literary prize nominated poet, Jamila Woods challenges herself and her listeners to see that connection and to empower themselves through their legacy. This Chicago native has dedicated her art, both literary and musical, to paying homage to people who made her existence possible.
For some, reading Orlando Bloom’s name instantly transports them back to 2002. Back then it was impossible to visit the grocery store without seeing the British actor grace multiple magazine covers, or to watch TV and not see a trailer for his newest blockbuster film. He was the quintessential British sex symbol of the early 2000s.
Fashion has definitely evolved over the past few decades, Countless designers have come forward and captivated their audiences with innovative styles and designs. As time passes, some designers have found a way to reach their audiences with their creations: through social media. One of these designers is Tracy Feith, designer of Feith Club, although his methods of sharing his clothing is rather “secretive.”