Contemporary art has a multitude of forms, many of which are criticized as random or too hard to understand. Pieces in this area of thought simply require an analysis past the visual pleasure they may lack. This type of art gets showcased at Flux, an event that creates a space for local Atlanta artists to showcase their work in harmony with nature at Grant Park. This year’s Flux event took place from Sept 27-30th at Grant Park.
Before becoming the lead in OWN’s new TV show Love Is___, Michele Weaver came from humble beginnings. She originally planned to attend a “traditional” form of college but then, at the last minute, Weaver decided to apply to performing arts schools. She ended up attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she studied theater.
The Colin Kaepernick saga’s newest development is a huge win for the advocate and his supporters. There was also a third winner involved, and in my opinion it should be of no surprise. That third party is none other than the shoe company who I’ve credited as always being on the right side of the issue. Nike yet again made it clear that they are a forward thinking company, with a full endorsement for Kaep and the issues that he’s fought so hard to bring awareness to.
There is something interesting about the climate of racial injustice and its relationship with technology, specifically cameras. The idea of a post-racial society is a myth and a quick Google search will make this apparent to anyone who took the time to look it up. The hatred isn’t more prevalent, it’s just being recorded. It’s sad to say that it took these atrocities to jolt a nation that had become too desensitized into action.
While standing in line at the grocery store looking at magazines, 27-year old Liberian model, blogger and medical student Deddeh Howard decided she’d had enough. Despite having 10 years worth of modeling experience, agencies consistently rejected her because they already had a ‘black model.’ But that’s not what she saw as she gazed at fashion magazines in the check out line.
With the invention of technology, a creator’s intent does not determine how their creation will always be used. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are places of instant gratification, ideal images, and trolls. However, on occasion, social media reminds you of one of its main purposes — connection.
This past week, the NFL inducted its newest members into its Hall of Fame. The festivities began with the ceremonial game, which was played between the Baltimore Ravens and my Chicago Bears. The exhibition game doesn’t have much allure surrounding it, and since neither team played their starters it wasn’t one for casual fans to get excited about. The weekend is really all about the guys who are being inducted, though. This year’s class featured some of the most iconic players of the last twenty years; Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Brian Urlacher, and Ray Lewis.
All writers know that there is a slim chance of getting published, and becoming a bestseller is even more rare. Roxane Gay, however, has done both. Gay, 43 of Nebraska is an author, editor, essayist, professor, and columnist. She has over ten published works including fiction, non-fiction, comics, and a memoir.
The video gaming community is somewhat of a subculture worldwide, that has its own icons. These icons aren’t household names all the time, unless of course you’re talking about a character from the game itself. Each system brought forth different characters to revere, until recently when everything seems to be a reboot of the good old days. Nintendo brought us Mario and Luigi, then of course Sega Genesis gave us Sonic the Hedgehog. PlayStation went on to give us Crash Bandicoot and Lara Croft. These names are as widely known and recognized in pop culture as many people’s favorite entertainers and athletes.
Going from doing stand-up comedy in small, New York City comedy clubs to being the first Black co-head writer for the renowned variety show Saturday Night Live, is a trajectory countless comedians would dream of.
However, for comedian Michael Che, this is his reality and he made it happen in less than a decade. When Che decided he wanted to take his shot at stand-up comedy, he immediately hit the ground running. Known for his interesting mix of blunt, yet laid back political commentary as well as his persistence, Che became very popular on the NYC comedy scene.