The Storm: It’s something we’ve all seen and experienced, a storm is a part of life but it doesn’t last forever.

The Ark: It provides shelter, protection, and comfort against your darkest days.

The Rainbow: A constant reminder of God’s promise, and the fact that there are better days ahead.

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Most of us can agree that every January, the infamous “new year, new me” quote tends to get thrown around like a frisbee. We sit around and decide that we’re going to make all these huge changes and by the time December rolls back around, we throw ourselves into the same cycle. This recurring cycle requires us to accept change, practice balance, and facilitate authenticity; which are some of the same things humans tend to struggle with on a daily basis. Understanding how to overcome these obstacles are what actress Drew Barrymore believes will carry humanity forward; the righteous way.

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Sneakers are more than just shoes. Sneakers have forged bonds among communities, and they have inspired philanthropic efforts, such as Sneaker Ball Atlanta. Sneaker Ball Atlanta is an annual benefit that raises funds to provide kids and teens with financial support and sneakers. Sneaker Ball ATL’s Instagram profile describes the fundraiser as “a premier event that brings together professionals across the City of Atlanta for a night benefiting youth in low income & underserved areas.”

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Can you name an actor or actress that has a career spanning over 50 years? The list isn’t very lengthy, so of course finding someone whose career spans over 60 years will be an even shorter one. One gentleman who has been able to achieve such a long career and be able to display an amazing amount of range along the way has been Glynn Turman. Very few people have been able to work not only as long, but as diligently as Turman has. Very few people have been able to share the stage with cinematic royalty like Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, and Sidney Poitier. Then manage to stick around long enough to work with Chris Rock, Angela Bassett, Bernie Mac, Chadwick Bozeman, and Viola Davis. Not too many can be mentioned in the conversation about black pillars in Hollywood, but Turman embodies that very title. 

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In 2004, Fashion Designer Charm Logan attempted to gather a lineup of all-indigenous models for her fashion show, Fashion Nation. After discovering that there were simply not enough Indigenous models signed to talent agencies, she had to scout aspiring actors and models in First Nations communities. In 2019, fifteen years later, another fashion designer named Leslie Hampton attempted the same thing for her Toronto Fashion Week debut, only to find that, once again, agencies just did not have enough Indigenous models, so she also had to scout for models in native communities. Though both these cases took place in Canada, the same rings true in America. The unfortunate truth is that there is a notable lack of Native American representation in the fashion industry, especially modeling, which means someone like Denali White Elk being featured on the cover of Vogue Italia is a surprising headline.

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Aight, so peep... There’s this guy out in Chicago who has been doing his thing on several different levels. In the midst of all of the negativity that surrounds the city, it’s refreshing when you hear about a young Black man doing something positive to spread joy in the Black community. He started out with rap as his primary focus, then transitioned to observational comedy skits, and both have led him to become a contributor to Chicago youth activism. The man I’m talking about is none other than Korporate, on Gaude!

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