The purpose of music is limitless. A versatile empowering woman who uses the gift of music as a remedy for healing, a sense of clarity, and a way to uplift the African American community is the Tulsa, Oklahoma born and raised singer-songwriter Natalie Lauren. Lauren’s debut album “Handle with Care” embodies her life experiences and upbringing of herself.

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The emo-pop movement has been a pillar of pop-culture marketing for young people for almost ten years, and it continues to draw fans.  The goth-like image of eyeliner, disheveled hair and tight jeans has become very recognizable, and the music is almost exclusively marketed toward teenagers who long to be edgy in displaying their uniqueness. One emo-pop band with a sizable following is Paramore, which consists of vocalist/keyboardist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davies and guitarist Taylor York.  

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One of the most striking photos on photographer Shayan Asgharnia’s website is of a prisoner with his back turned to the camera. One of his hands is laced around his wrist as if it were a handcuff and the other holds a dog’s leash. Recently, Asgharnia’s series Rescued featured the participants of Marley’s Mutt Pawsitive Change, a program that asks select prisoners to take care of rescued dogs.

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