Music full of heart should be the norm, but turn on any pop radio station, and all you hear is soulless repetition from the same artists; popular music doesn’t have to be soulless, and neither do popular creators. San Antonio based musician Xavier Omär puts his heart, soul, and beliefs into his music, reinventing how faith and love can be put into song.
Art and architecture typically come together in packages. With installation art, you can’t have one without the other. Half of the piece is the structure, and the other half is what the artist puts into it. Installation art is typically thought to be in a physical gallery, where people pay for tickets and quietly look at the art in short intervals. But, installation artist Megan Mosholder, has continuously broken out of the traditional way of creating art, with her extraordinary installation pieces.
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Animation and character design are an underappreciated art. People seem to focus on, and appreciate the final product instead of the effort that went into it. The public also rarely gets to see, or even understand, the entire process, but through social media, some artists have allowed their following to grow by letting the public in on their creative processes.
American artist Oona Holtane is one of these artists, having grown her Instagram page to 44.1k followers since 2013 through sharing sketches, her final designs, and even some of the thought processes behind the images that she posts.
England has been under the leadership of Queen Elizabeth II for nearly 70 years. The Queen is widely renowned for being the longest-reigning monarch in the world, having taken the throne in 1952 at 26-years-old. She inherited the seat after the passing of her father, leaving the title of king of England vacant. While the royal family is due to have a king in place after Elizabeth II, there are three lads in London who are staking claim to the king in their own right. And they dare you to dispute it with their name and approach.
“A popular filament in lightbulbs was created by a Black man. Jack Daniel’s whiskey was created by a slave named Nearest Green… Your refrigerator, the traffic light, the Super Soaker, the technology behind caller ID, potato chips– there’s a jillion and one things that we use everyday that Black people invented or advanced that people either don’t know or don’t care to know.”
This quote comes from Queen Esther, a Black country musician, writer, and speaker who teaches the origins of country music, and its African inspirations. The banjo, Queen Esther says, comes from the akonting, an instrument from West Africa. This is verifiably true, and the instrument only found its way into white culture because slave masters were taught the instrument by their slaves. Why is it, then, that the banjo, bluegrass, and American folk music are primarily associated with white people?
Ultimately, this is indicative of a larger problem with racial relations in America. History is written by the victors, and in America, that means that the history and accomplishments of people of color are often ignored and disregarded. Queen Esther’s quote is taken from “Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity,” a book that details a possible solution to this problem. That solution is what authors Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo call “racial literacy.”