Step through the bright red doors ahead of you and take a deep breath. Do you smell the old leather from the antique steamer trunks? Are you transfixed by the gramophone player-turned-lights that dangle from the ceiling? And of course, you can’t miss the hundreds of vintage-styled hats that line the walls.

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When it comes to LBGT, most people tend to forget what the T stands for. This is beyond apparent in the Hollywood sphere. While the list of gay actors is by no means saturated, there are even fewer transgender actors, and even fewer among those that get credited roles. More and more often, a celebrity will come out as gender nonconforming, like Sam Smith and Jonathan Van Ness coming out as nonbinary or Ruby Rose coming out as genderfluid, but very few have the chance to enter the light already out of the pink or blue closet. Laverne Cox, Elliot Fletcher, and up and coming Angelica Ross are some of the few notable transgender actors. 

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“A painting of a small red square. It is about 5 by 5 inches. It is one color, with several shades of red and is so glossy that it looks wet. It is made by using drops of the artists’ blood mixed with paint. It might look like zombie dining evidence when the medium and its history is described, but it also looks like a gazing mirror because it is so shiny and reflective.” Reading this, you may think that I’ve managed to get my hands on a leaked future David Lynch screenplay. But, actually, you have just read a painting. This piece is called Red Square by the Praxis Art Museum, and it is featured in the Museum of Non-Physical Art. This piece is figuratively located in between a Baptist Church and Gospel Assembly in New York, and it is one of many purely conceptual, non-objective works of art. 

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As one of the largest cities in the nation, Atlanta offers some of the best shopping one can find, especially in the South. Although Buckhead and Lenox Square contain luxury shops and boutiques galore, the real treasures can be found in thrift and consignment stores across the city. Plus, there are hidden gems all around the state. 

Why should you skip the retail stores in search of used clothing or goods? Easy. Second-hand prices will always be kinder to your wallet. Recycled clothes and furniture are kinder to the environment. And, thrift/consignment stores are often kinder to the communities around them. Now, I’ll tell you about the best spots! 

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Coffee and Black culture have not always gone hand in hand. There’s a lengthy history rooted in racism and colonialism, not to mention an incident in 2018 in which two men were arrested for being in a Philadelphia Starbucks without making a purchase as they waited for a friend to arrive. American coffee culture has an air of pretension and exclusion, and many coffee brands simply don’t market to black people, minorities, or women. It’s a touchy subject that many, many coffee brands don’t speak on, unless you’re Dope Coffee

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